The Afghanistan Women Journalist Association (AWJA) conducted a survey about the situation of women journalists in Afghanistan within the past two-years, in which 45 percent of the female journalists said unemployment is one of their biggest challenges.
“45 percent of the participants said that unemployment is the biggest challenge ahead of women journalists. 5 percent of the participants are talking about the poverty of the women journalists, while 10 percent of the participants said lack of access to information is the biggest challenge for women journalists,” said Meena Habib, the head of AWJA.
Meanwhile, some of the media supporting organizations called on the Islamic Emirate to provide women journalists with all-out support.
“We call on the Islamic Emirate to help women as much as it can in the field of education, work and facilities,” said Taj Mohammad Ahmadzada, a member of the AWJA.
This comes as women journalists expressed their concerns about facing an uncertain future, saying that they are struggling with the working environment.
“In many conferences, wherever women are invited, we go there but we face double standards. The security forces do not allow women to enter the conference,” said Hajar Jafari, a journalist.
“Females are facing many challenges compared to males. Women cannot get access to proper information in the press conferences,” said Marriam Madadi, a journalist.
The Islamic Emirate has not commented on the survey of AWJA but earlier the Islamic Emirate’s officials said that they are committed to supporting the media within Sharia.