Journalists Security Committee (JSC) trains nine female reporters from different provinces with psychotherapy skills and advice in Kabul. Incharge of women committee of JSC. Wahida Faizi said, these nine trainees would train other female reporters in their provinces. Due to lack of female psychotherapists in provinces, female reporters can’t share their problems with male psychotherapists.
JSC added that reporting is a difficult job for male and particularly female reporters and beside security problems, female reporters are facing social problems and gender discrimination and different harassments that increase their concerns. To fight these challenges, we have organized this workshop. This program is not a limited but it would be organized time and again. These trainers are invited from Balkh, Jawzjan, Ghazni, Nangarhar, Kabul and Kandahar provinces.
Nabila Asadi a reporter from Kandahar and one of the trainees said, this workshop was very useful for us. In daily life we experience different people. Here we learn how to confront different situations and get along with it.
Ms Asadi said, there are many problems ahead of female reporters in Kandahar but they try to overcome them and continue their job. They would share whatever they learn in Kabul with their colleagues in Kandahar.
Raihana Rasooli is a female reporter from Balkh province who has attended this program, said, reporters cover different events and therefore they are more vulnerable psychologically.
She added, Afghanistan is an insecure country and reporters cover security, suicide attacks and explosions events that impact their soul. I have learned many issues and would share them with my colleagues in Balkh. This training minimize or eliminate misimpacts of news events on us.
Psychologist and trainer of this workshop, Nasir Ahmad Sharif said, psychologically, females are more vulnerable than males. Our traditions prevent women to achieve their dreams and this impact their soul and disturb their life.
JSC called Afghanistan a dangerous place for reporters as 2017 was the bloodiest year in which 61 reporters were injured 32 reporters were misconducted and in 2018 over 120 cases of violence against reporters were registered including 17 murders.
The Kabul Times