State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki on Thursday said women have secured their position in the challenging journalism profession with competence and skills.
She made the comment while speaking as chief at a function to award female journalists for their reports on violence and sexual abuse against women and girls at the National Press Club. The prize distribution ceremony was organised jointly by Women Journalist Network Bangladesh (WJNB) and Nari Unnayan Shokti.
She also urged everyone to be united against violence against women both at home and outside.
With National Press Club Secretary Farida Yasmin in the chair, Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Managing Director Abul Kalam Azad was present as special guest in the programme.
Nari Unnayan Shokti Executive Director Dr Afroza Parvin gave the welcome speech while WJNB Secretary Angur Nahar Monty, also former president of Diplomatic Correspondents Association of Bangladesh (DCAB), conducted the entire programme.
WJNB and Nari Unnayan Shokti jointly award some journalists in a bid to encourage carry out media reports on violence against women in the mainstream media.
The charity organisations awarded fellowships to 40 journalists by selecting reports from different print and electronic media last year.
Under the fellowship programme, the two host organisations awarded six journalists—three from print media and three from electronic media—for their best reports on violence against women.
Wazed Hira of Daily Janakantha, Yasin Rima of Daily New Age, Rita Bhowmik of Daily Jugantor
were awarded first, second and third prize respectively from the print category.
Farzana Shova of SATV, Satila Sharmeen of Somoy TV and Humayun Kabir Surja of News 24 TV have been awarded first, second and third prize respectively from the electronic media category.
Guests handed over crests and honorarium among the awardees.
Congratulating the journalists, the state minister said, “Journalism is a challenging job. Our Women are doing well in this profession also.”
Veteran journalist Abul Kalam Azad said, “The women’s engagement in journalism is increasing day by day.”
He also opined that violence against women have been reduced significantly.
Stressing on launching social movement to resist violence against women, journalist leader Farida Yasmin said, “The types and levels of violence against women have increased, despite the fall in the incidents of women repression.”
The image of the country is being tarnished because of some incidents of women repression, despite the massive development of the current government.
She emphasised building mass awareness in every sector of the society against violence against women.
Angur Nahar Monty said, “WJNB is working to enhance skills, especially for the female journalists, facing professional challenges.”