KEG welcomes movement against sexual misconduct

KEG welcomes movement against sexual misconduct
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Srinagar: Welcoming the global movement against sexual misconduct, abuse, and harassment of the women, Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) Monday said it will continue upholding the rights and dignity of all colleagues, especially women.
The issue was discussed in a meeting in which the members reiterated that the Kashmir media space shall continue to survive as a safe, equitable, and respectful space for all; a place where all staff and volunteers, newsmakers and news reporters, will never be subject to discrimination or harassment in any form.
“The Guild wishes to put on record the evolution of the women as media practitioners in Kashmir. The process had taken off slightly before the 1990s. However, the situation prevented the women from choosing media as a career and those keen to do so, joined media outlets outside Kashmir. This situation prevailed for almost 20 years,” the statement said.
The Guild said that in the last 10 years, a number of women started taking interest in media and most of the major media organisations have a fair presence of women professionals.
“Over the years, the media has evolved as spaces where women media professionals can contribute, like their male counterparts. They have dignified spaces in which there is neither discrimination nor harassment.”
However, in order to make the systems better, the KEG members have started setting up in-house institutional cells led by women to function as sole systems to hear and decide on the issues of misconduct, if any, the statement said.
The Guild said that some member organisations have already set up in house cells and requested the media organisations, outside the KEG, to also have such formal mechanisms in place.