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Women journalists lack basic facilities in media outlets

Islamabad, The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has regretted that female journalists in Pakistan still lack basic facilities and opportunity to serve in the media houses in a conducive environment, discrimination in getting assignments are rampant.

According to the issued press release, on the eve of the International Women day, the PFUJ said the media owners of Pakistan claim themselves to be champions of rule of law, equity, fairplay, humanity, and that they are highlighting the injustice in society but fact remains that media houses have turned into chambers of lawlessness and worst places for female journalists. Women journalists face discrimination in getting assignments, because of being considered less competent and often drop out from the profession for lack of proper media policy. The PFUJ demanded of the federal as well as all the provincial governments to ensure conducive working environment in media houses, formulation of the gender policy with clear cut provisions of wash rooms, maternity leave, and participation of women in administrative posts, decision making and equal opportunity on promotion, wages, as well as assignments.

Source: One Pakistan

Date:3/10/2011

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