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The potential of women professionals remains untapped in media industry – Rahamathunnissa (JIH Co-Secretary, Women’s Department)

Posted on 14 November 2019 by Admin_markaz


New Delhi: The National Co-Secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), Women’s Department, Rahamathunnissa said: “More and more women choose media as their career but their true potential is not utilized fully to depict the realities of life and events in the media. Women journalists are often confined to soft stories and given beats that are perceived to be less challenging.” In her  opening remarks at a round table discussion on the topic ‘Women in Media’ organized by the Women’s Wing of JIH-Delhi, Rahamathunnissa stressed the importance of media as a tool to make or break society and the role of women to bring positive change through their presence in the media.”


Ashlin Mathew from the ‘National Herald’ presented a statistical analysis of women’s contribution to media pointed out that female journalists seldom report on “hard” or “political content” news. She quoted survey reports and published data to prove that female reporters file only 32% of the news reports. At the same time, it is commendable that some prominent female journalists have carved a niche for themselves and report on hardcore political issues.


Areeba Falak from ‘The Times of India’ shared her views on the portrayal of women by media. She said: “Television advertisements always objectify women while T.V. serials use women actors for titillation by presenting situations which are far removed from reality.” She talked about the disparity in the role and status of women in reel and real-life and called for gender justice where each gender should receive justice according to the demands of their nature than living up to some litmus tests.


Zakia Khan – Chief Manager from ‘Tehelka’ talked about the challenges faced by female journalists on duty. She felt: “It is the responsibility of the organization to take care of the safety of their staff as reports will be filed only if the reporter is on duty. If women’s needs are to be heard, we need to have more women representation in lawmaking and law implementing bodies like the parliament and judiciary.” She further added that: “a lot can be done by changing the mindsets.”


Uzma Ashraf a freelance journalist talked about issues concerning women from backward communities especially Muslim women and their distorted and imbalanced representation.


Participants stressed the need for more such discussions and combined action to bring positive changes in society. Women can do a lot in giving voice to the voiceless and promoting ethical and social values. Student journalists, like Ayesha and Farkhanda, raised questions like – “What stops us from getting real news? Why women-issues from backward communities especially Dalits and Muslims receive less coverage? Why women wearing hijab are not seen as newsreaders or anchors?


The discussion ended with the concluding note that the only way to change is education and mastering the language of the elite class along with the mother tongue. Juweriya Reemi controlled the proceedings, Atiya Siddiqua, National Secretary of JIH Women’s Department, Nuzhat Yasmeen, State Secretary, Nikhat Fatima State President of GIO and Shaista Rafat also participated.



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Media Department

 Jamaat-e-Islami Hind

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