Women scribes’ meet ends with 13-pt declaration

Kathmandu, March 3:

A two-day national conference of women journalists concluded here today with the adoption of a 13-point declaration that lays emphasis on ending physical and professional insecurity of women journalists, guarantee of women’s participation in media and implementation of the Working Journalist Act, among others.

The declaration states: “Even after the establishment of loktantra, there is no physical and professional security of journalists; specially security of women journalists is not taken care of”.

It said women should have proportionate participation in media, too. It also stressed on participation of physically disabled women in journalism.

Referring to the amendment of Working Journalists Act, it said the Act should be made women friendly and it should be implemented and monitored seriously. The conference demanded four months or more maternity leave for women journalists and 15-day maternity leave for men journalists.

The declaration said women journalists’ capability should be built to make them able to handle any kind of responsibility. The state should allocate certain budget to organise training to enhance the professional capacity of women journalists, demanded the declaration.

Speaking at the concluding ceremony, Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare Pampha Bhusal expressed solidarity with the demands and assured the women journalists of her support to meet their demands. “The women journalists should be given opportunities. They need to do hard work and improve themselves gradually,” she said. Around 200 women journalists from across the country took part in the conference.