Discussion of BMP with leading mass-media personalities and policy makers of mass-media

By on November 27, 2014
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Mass Media on 24 November 2014 Bangladesh Mahila Parisad (BMP) organized a discussion meeting with policy makers leading mass-media personalities at its Sufia Kamal Auditorium. Ayesha Khanam, president of BMP presided over the meeting where Dil Monowara Manu (Secretary of Media and Mass communication sub-committee) presented the Key note paper and Shima Moslem (Joint Secretary of Central Committee) welcomed all by her inaugural speech. On behalf of women journalist, Taskina Yesmin, member of Mass-media subcommittee presented the key recommendations in the meeting. The main objective of the meeting was to share the obstacles experienced by women journalist in all over the country and to recommend a way out the obstacles from gender equity perspective.

Most importantly, Ayesha Khanam  chair of the meeting stated that throughout the civilization women had to face different challenges, working as journalist is such on challenge mass media can be strong medium of tackling their challenges. She also emphasized on formulation of mandatory gender policy and implementing for all newspaper and electronic media.

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Shima Moslem, Joint Secretary of Central Committee of BMP stated that mass media have strong power to motivate mass people; we need to properly utilize this power for women’s empowerment. She also demanded to the leading journalist for considering recommendations presented by women journalist.

Dil Monowara Manu, in her key note, stated that though number women journalist in Bangladesh is increasing gradually they are facing more challenges compare to other profession. Now a day’s, the root level women journalist covering the crucial news including – gender, child rights, child marriage, trafficking good governance, environment, climate change. Reportedly there are very few women journalist works as senior management of media. ‘We are demanding 33% women journalist in all sector of mass media’ she added.

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Mr. Abdul Jalil Bhuiyan, Secretary General of Bangladesh Federal Journalist Union stated that religious fundamentalism is the main challange for women journalist.  Both man and women should works together to protect women’s rights from religious fundamentalism. Shamyol Datta, Editor of Daily Vorer Kagoj, expressed differently that sometime women don’t want to face challenges in profession; reminding the limitation of state and society we should way forward with the gender policy for mass media sector. Mustofa Monowar Sujon, News editor of Alokito Bnagladesh stated that we have to make a social movement to develop condition of women journalist in our country.  Kazi Rafique, News editor of Daily Sangbad and  Munima Sultana of Financial Express shared their views similarly, women journalist have to face lot of problem when they are working at night or evening; women journalist couldn’t  entertained office vehicle though it is a mandatory by the rule of Wage Board. Pronob Shaha, News Editor of Channel I also attened this meeting.

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Sohag Majumdar of Daily Sangbad, Sumi Khan of Daily Janakantha, Farida Yasmin & Rabeya Baby of Daily Ittefaq, Pronob Saha of Channel I, Parvin Sultana Soma of Bangladesh Women Journalist Centre, Mahfuja and Junan Nasit of BSS expressed their experience and share recommendations towards a gender friendly mass media.

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Along with 35 senior level journalists, members of BMP executive Committee  Vice President Dr. Fouzia Moslem and Nahar Ahmed, Assistant General Secretary Advocate Masuda Rehana Begum, Finance Secretary Dil Afroz Begul also attended and participating the meeting. The discussion meeting was facilitated by senior journalist Pavin Sultana Jhuma, Member of the mass media sub-committee of BMP.  Total 80 were present in this meeting.

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