Prasar Bharti hopes that a 50:50 ratio would be ensured between male and female anchors of Doordarshan and All India Radio by August 15 this year. Priayranjan Dasmunshi, Minister of Information and Broadcasting, stated this while inaugurating a ‘Workshop on Gender Equality in Indian Media’.
Damunshi said that the step would be a beginning towards ensuring parity for women in the field of media. He said that although freedom of the press is guaranteed, the same is not the case with regards to the freedom of journalists, most of who are in the private sector. He felt that the condition of women journalists in India, especially those in their early stages of their career, is far from satisfactory.
Dasmunshi advocated proper facilities at all workplaces concerning the specific needs of women who have to take care of their familial obligations along with their career. The workshop was organised by the Ministry of Women and Child Development on the occasion of ‘World Press Freedom Day’.