New Delhi: Among other 100 of the women news breakers all over the India, Kashmir’s prominent journalist Farzana Mumtaz represented the Jammu and Kashmir state at All India Women Journalists Workshop organized by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in association with Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting here on Monday.
Although other female journalists of Valley including Razia Noor of Dainik Jagran were also invited in the workshop but due to the cancellation of flights, they could not make it, however, Farzana Mumtaz who runs a weekly in Kashmir titled ‘News Kashmir’ represented the Valley at the workshop inaugurated by the Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi.
Pertinently, during her journalistic career since 2002, Farzana Mumtaz has a credit to attend several conferences and workshops both nationally and internationally as well, she recently visited Pakistan and Thailand to attend some conferences.
Minister of State, WCD, Krishna Raj, Secretary, WCD Leena Nair were also present along with other senior officers of the Ministry.
Meanwhile addressing the journalists on the occasion, Maneka Gandhi said that the workshops are being organized by the Ministry to empower the women journalists so that they can act as agents of change especially in matters pertaining to women and child development. The effort of the Ministry is to connect to the journalists from the grassroots to make them active participants in the process of change, to receive feedback from them and also to receive ideas from the grassroots which will benefit the women and children, Maneka Gandhi added.
“Journalists should also try to highlight success stories and find role models to enable the Ministry to give recognition to genuine people, especially to women contributing to community building in the field,” she said.
The WCD Ministry will also organize an exhibition of its initiatives such as Children’s Helpline-Childline and the Government’s flagship programme Beti Bachao Beti Padhao. (Only Kashmir)