Role of Pakistani Women in Media is Outstanding; Mr Thomas Drew

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Islamabad: The British High Commissioner-Designate to Pakistan, Mr Thomas Drew praised the role of Pakistani women in media who have picked up the most important and difficult battle to fight. He was speaking on the topic of “Women in the Media” which was jointly organized by the UN Information Center and the British High Commission Pakistan to mark the International Women’s Day here in Islamabad. The scores of diplomats, media representatives, government officials and civil society representatives attended the event.

Thomas Drew paid rich tribute to outstanding female journalists working in Pakistan saying Female journalists in Pakistan cover some of the country’s most pressing concerns. Some have chosen to focus on investigative reporting, covering human rights violations, corruption, development or other subjects that are off-limits in their society. The event featured women journalists with different backgrounds talking about their jobs, their commitment and the specific challenges and dangers they face in the course of their work, especially while reporting on development issues.

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The British High Commissioner-Designate to Pakistan, Thomas Drew also threw lights on the projects of British Government to promote girls education in Pakistan and across the world. He said over seven million girls in primary and secondary schools of Pakistan benefit from the UK’s largest education programme in the world, enabling them to stay longer and learn better. “We want to be at the forefront of the debate about how we get a more diverse and representative press to empower and help more than half of Pakistan’s population reaches its full potential.

The Director of UN Information Center, Vittorio Cammarota was of the opinion that the Pakistani media scenario has been growing rapidly in the past years. However the number of women currently involved is far too low. Our objective is to increase the number of women working as reporters, photo-journalists, producers, anchors. We also aim at having a larger number of women engaged in key positions in the media industry. Last but not least, we need to facilitate the expansion of female audiences by ensuring that more women have access to education across the country.

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Vittorio Cammarota said that journalist have  access to every segment of society and they can play and contribute to ensure peace, tolerance, education, gender equity and many more topics relevant to development of Pakistan.

Speaking at the event renowned Anchor of AbTak TV Fereeha Idrees said: “It is indeed a happy time in Pakistan for women with new laws being proposed and passed for their protection and female issues being highlighted on international level by Pakistani women. However, amidst this frenzy let’s not forget the challenges facing women are stark and glaring.

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