PAKISTAN. Peshawar. The Women Media Centre conducted five days of training in Peshawar for women’s participation in local body elections. Muhammad Farooq, a Pakistani journalist, was the main trainer along with politicians who were also present.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly
Young journalists from different news media were invited to the event, which was held in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. This assembly is the unicameral legislative body of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. The assembly has passed many laws and bills for women. Women’s Property Rights Bill, Women at the Workplace (Amendment) Bill, and many other bills were passed in this assembly.
While addressing the girls, Mr.Kamran Bangash, Minister of Information and Technology said, “Every woman has the chance to come and be the part of the assembly. However, very few women are actually willing to participate. I’m so happy to see young activists like you who are here to make a change. I can now say that the future of Pakistan is in safer hands.”
Future plans of government for women
The speaker of the Khyber Pukhtunkhuwa Assembly, Mushtaq Ahmed, believes that these kind of events are essential for students. While addressing the girls he said, “The women of our country are the important part of our system. Women are everywhere and their active participation is very vital for the growth of a nation.”
He emphasised the importance of women’s rights. He also appreciated the courageous efforts of women who are working hard in every sector and taking risks for the welfare of society. The government of Pakistan is also making efforts to eradicate gender discrimination and give equal rights to women.
The link between politics and journalism
Shaukat Yousafzai, Minister of Labour & Culture, was also present at the event. While addressing the women he said, “Politics and journalism are important for each other. They are like the two sides of a coin. However, terrorism and extremism have badly affected journalism and the democratic environment. They also have devastating effects on politics and journalism.” He believes that media shouldn’t target the national security agencies or political parties under the disguise of freedom of expression. According to him, political parties and journalists should work together for the country.