As in other sectors, women participation in Media is negligible. Women have not gained parity with men in terms of participation and decision making. Top Editorial and management are still entirely male dominated with only a negligible number of women holding high ranking positions. Thus Working Women Journalists (WWJ) that comprises young women journalists working in different Nepali media was formed. WWJ is a group of like-minded professional women journalists, who have come together to address the issues they face from day to day as women employed in the media. The group was formed with the felt need to raise issues, big and small; that directly impact women’s space in journalism.
About Sunday Club Of WWJ
Regular weekly event :
Sunday Club : 1st April, 2012 Sunday club was held on 1st April, 2012 on WWJ Hall. The topic of discussion for the day was self-defence. DSP Kiran Bajracharya was the chief guest and the key speaker of the program. During the Discussion, women journalist from different district chapters also shared their experiences on various problems encountered during reporting and the strategies they applied to counter their problems. Ambika Dahal from Saptari shared an incident during her college life while she defended one of her friends. Photojournalist Usha Tititshu said, “Till we like somebody, we don’t complaint against him though he keeps on harassing us.” She also shared an experience of Baitadi where she made an army Major to punish his junior officer for addressing her as ‘bastard’. Kiyoko Ogura, Nepal-based Japanese journalist said that she always tried to dress up in such a way that she looked like a man. She said that she never goes to the field with the feeling of being women journalist. ‘I am a journalist. I can accomplish my assigned task therefore there is no question of gender during reporting,” she added. Subekchhaya Bindu, vice president of WWJ highlighted on how colleagues on newsroom get drunk even at early hours and makes others especially women journalists uncomfortable in office with his useless gossip thus it was very important for women journalist to learn self-defence techniques. Address the women journalists, DSP Kiran said that there were different techniques of self-defence. ‘First of all we should identify which of our body parts could be used as tools for our defence’ she added, ‘It is not necessary to learn Marshal Arts to protect ourselves. We can use our own body parts to handle difficult situation.” Similarly, she also advised women journalist to be alert during duty hours. She demonstrated the techniques of verbal self-defence, physical self-defence and defence through eye contact. .