Female journalists face professional insecurity during COVID-19 crisis

Kathmandu, Sept 16 (RSS): The senior journalists participating in a virtual interaction here today said that many female journalists had lost their jobs and faced salary cuts or lay-off in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.    

At the interaction organized by the Sancharika Samuha on ‘Role of female journalist and challenges facing them in the COVID-19 crisis’, they asserted that although majority of the journalists across the country were grappling with professional insecurity, the female journalists were further left at lurch.    

Journalist Arati Chataut viewed that although ‘work from home’ was being practiced in many media houses, the female journalists were found to have felt managing ‘work from home’ more challenging.    

“They ought to juggle multiple works at a time while working from home such as running household responsibilities, attending to their children during the duty hours among others,’ shared Chataut, lauding those female media persons working in the forefront during the crisis like COVID-19 and other natural disasters.    

Similarly, Krishna Poudel voiced that the women entrepreneurs who had invested in media were facing financial crisis due to the COVID-19 fallout. Poudel spoke of the need for the State to put in place the policy that encourages the media that is owned and run by women.    

Sancharika Samuha’s President Nitu Pandit shared that they were mulling a fund to support those female media persons who lost their jobs due to COVID-19.