Kathmandu, May 22: The two-day national conference of women journalists concluded here today with an 11-point Kathmandu Declaration.
The declaration draws the attention of the government, the media houses and the journalist associations to follow a policy of positive discrimination in order to increase women’s participation in the media sector and promote environment conducive to them in the sector.
It also calls for gender friendly news room, physical security of women journalists in the workplace, enforcement of the working journalists act 2051 B.S. and guaranteeing social security of women journalists, among others.
Speaking at the concluding session, President of Federation of Nepali Journalists Dr Mahendra Bista expressed the commitment to help put the declaration into practice.
Likewise, President of Press Chautari Nepal Rajendra Aryal, President of Revolutionary Journalists’ Association Govinda Acharya and office-bearers of various other journalists association pledged support on their respective behalf in promoting the rights and interest of the women journalists in the country.
On the occasion, Chairperson of Working Women Journalists Subekchya Bindu Tuladhar and General Secretary of Sancharika Samuha Nitu Pandit called for quantitative and qualitative increase of women journalists, women-friendly atmosphere in the work place and minimization of violence against women.