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Violence against female journalists increasing

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Violence against female journalists increasing
 Recently, Afghanistan journalists’ national union has declared that it has been mentioned in the journalists’ safety manual that female journalists besides not having live safety, facing with sexual abuses. In another part of the manual, it has been said that to prevent possible sexual violence, the female journalists should put on an engagement ring.
The in-charge of the union, Fahim Dashti told The Kabul Times that the manual has focused on three important points, such as, physical safety, sexual safety and digital safety, as the journalists have already been informed on them that what to do when they face any of them.
‘As I have already mentioned, a special chapter has been allocated for sexual safety, because female journalists are facing with more problems than their male counterparts,’ he further said. 
The chapter has informed the female journalists how to ask their men colleagues for help if need be, he added.
In some cases, the female journalists should put on engagement ring, because considering our culture, the people respect the married women, he went on to say.
Furthermore, Afghanistan journalists’ national union, in cooperation with police, national security directorate, attorney general office and other related administrations would do its best to find those behind violation cases and bring them to justice, he continued. 
Considering the current problems, many female journalists forced to quit their jobs and in some cases, they had even left the country for abroad, he said.
In fact, sexual harassment, persistent security threats and chauvinism in Afghan society have led scores of women and girls to quit their jobs.
Head of NAI—a media supporting entity, Sediqullah Tawhidi said, “Not only in media, but also in other government and non-government organizations the women are facing with sexual harassments, thus, a procedure on prevention of sexual abuse should be established, through which to bring to justice those behind such cases.”
Bahina Shaheen a female journalist who is also the legal in-charge for Afghan Women Journalists Association said sometimes I received some phone calls from women and girls who have been sexually harassed in their workplaces and I really want to further focus to find the solutions in the respect. 
This is while that daily-increasing of violence against media and journalists is concerning, therefore, it is hoped the government to pay heed and punish those behind such cases. 


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