Ratnanagar (Chitwan), Dec 30: Minister for Land Reform and Management, Bikram Pandey, has stressed on the development of professional journalism in the country.
Addressing the concluding session of the three-day gender sensitive journalism training organised by Sancharika Samuha in Bharatpur, Chitwan here on Friday, he called on the participants to translate what they have learned in the training into practice.
The Minister is in Chitwan in connection with participating in different programmes in the district today.
He urged the journalist women to move ahead in social service as well.
Sancharika Samuha chairperson Nirmala Sharma drew the attention of Minister Pandey to the fact that the government has not paid adequate attention to the capacity development and qualitative participation of journalist women.
She stated that women were not prioritized in opportunities for abroad study, training, visits and even in matters of political appointment.
Sancharika Samuha’s central member Jaya Luitel said the Sancharika Samuha has been engaged in increasing the qualitative and quantitative participation of women in journalism since the last 21 years.
A stidy carried out by the Samuha records 25 percent participation of women in journalism. However, only a very few women have reached the decision making level in the media organisations.
Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) Chitwan president Hari Prasad Pokharel urged the trainee journalists to put into practice what they have learned in the training. Twelve journalist women from Chitwan and other districts attended the training. RSS