Workshop On Local Government Elections Organized For Women Journalists In Pakistan

A 5-day workshop organized for women journalists in Pakistan

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Minahil Khan
Minahil Khan
Minahil khan was born on 19 September 2001,in pakistan,as a muslim daughter,She is a student of Journalism and mass communication. Her Hobbies are to write more and independently.

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.

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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.”

IT minister of Pakistan addressing young Journalists. Photo credit: Women media centre.
IT minister of Pakistan addressing young Journalists. Photo credit: Women media center.

Future plans of government for women

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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.”

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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.

Speaker of provincial assembly Mr Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani addressing about the governance and their surveying for women. Photo credit: Women Media Centre

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.

Shaukat Yousafzai,Minister of Labour & Culture, addressing the girls / Photo credit: Women Media Centre.

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