Women journos seek greater role

Kathmandu, November 2:

The two-day National Conference of Women Journalists concluded today issuing a 11-point Kathmandu declaration.

The declaration has urged the stakeholders concerned to protect the professional

rights of women journalists and ensure gender equality.

The declaration has called on the Federation of Nepalese Journalist (FNJ) to take initiatives to induct women journalists into its its folds and ensure the representation of women in all organs of the state.

The country should launch some specific programmes to increase the number of women in national newspapers, radio and television, the declaration said. It added that the number of women journalists should be increased and the women involved in the decision-making level.

The declaration also urged the government to deny facilities to those media houses

that do not appoint at least 33 per cent women journalists.

The two-day conference was organised by the FNJ with the objective to help the women journalists safeguard their professional rights and make them aware of media laws.

On the second day of the conference, women journalists from different parts

of the country shared their experience with the news editors of daily newspapers, radio and television. The editors highlighted the need to train women journalists for skill enhancement, while women journalists said they should be given opportunities so as to enable them to show their skills and capacities.

The editors also urged the women journalists to continue journalism rather than using the profession as a springboard to jump to other profession.