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Women journalists discriminated against at workplace: survey

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NEW DELHI, JUNE 19. Though women have made inroads into journalism, a report released jointly by the National Commission for Women and the Press Institute of India here today says that a majority of women experience gender discrimination at their workplace.

Emphasising the importance of putting structures in place to ensure that working conditions for women journalists are improved, the Chairperson of the National Commission for Women, Poornima Advani, shared the details of the report "Status of Women Journalists in Print Media in India'' at a press meet today.

"This is a first of its kind of survey in the country. It has opened avenues for a larger public debate on the subject that has not been adequately covered by the media,'' she said. Calling the report an "eye-opener," Ms. Advani raised the issue of discrimination against women journalists in the regional and national press and also touched on the issue of subjects delegated to them. "Why are women always associated with `soft' jobs and not `hard' jobs,'' she asked.

According to the report, while at one level there has been an increase in the presence of women in journalism, the resistance to their recruitment still persists. Also, while there is an impression that women have access to higher posts, a majority of women journalists have a slow and limited progress, if not total stagnation in their career. Though spectacular success stories are also mentioned, the report says there is a tendency to relegate women to particular functions and beats.

As for gender discrimination, up to 80 per cent of all respondents said that they had faced such situations whether in terms of work allocation, promotions, facilities and even in employment. The report also speaks about maternity benefits adding that 30 per cent of the respondents felt that being a mother was a disqualification for promotions.

The report touches upon the situation in the regional language press that is "ridden with gender-based problems." About 23 per cent of the respondents experienced sexual harassment while another 5 per cent were not sure about what constituted "sexual harassment."

Taking the report as a basis to explore the issues of discrimination and harassment across the country, she said the NCW would shortly be holding a national consultation with the Censor Board of Film Certification and various Councils on July 14 to discuss the portrayal of women in the media.

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