News Kashmir Desk
Recently, on 21 November, 2016 ,over 100 top women journalists from across the country, representing various media organizations came together on a single platform at the second ‘All India Women Journalists’ Workshop’ organized by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in association with Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in New Delhi . The first ‘All India Women Journalists’ Workshop’ was held in June year 2016 .
Pertinently, workshop was inaugurated by the Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi . Minister of State, WCD , Smt Krishna Raj was also present along with other senior officers of the Ministry.
Women journalists from print, electronic and online media from the length and breadth of the country including small and regional media organizations participated in the conference.
Addressing the journalists, Smt. Maneka Gandhi said that the workshops are being organised by the Ministry to empower the women journalists so that they can act as agents of change especially in matters pertaining to women and child development. The effort of the Ministry is to connect to the journalists from the grassroots to make them active participants in the process of change, to receive feedback from them and also to receive ideas from the grassroots which will benefit the women and children, Smt Maneka Gandhi added. Journalists should also try to highlight success stories and find role models to enable the Ministry to give recognition to genuine people, especially to women contributing to community building in the field, she said.
Ms Farzana Mumtaz, Editor –in –Chief News Kashmir, who has experience of 17 years in the field of Journalism represented Kashmir in the conference. She highlighted the role of women in journalism and their contributions to the noble field and how despite all odds women have shined in the field of journalism . Farzana Mumtaz called for upholding ethics of journalism and duty of journalists to emerge as voice of voiceless.
On the occasion , Ministry of Women and Child Development threw light how ministry is taking different steps to help women and children especially those who are in pain and facing different problems and how ministry via its centers is helping to end violence and other discriminations against women and children in the country.
Among the core purpose of the workshop was to sensitise the women journalists and through them the entire society on gender issues .