National Media Fellowship Launch

The National Commission on Status of Women (NCSW) in collaboration with the Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ), and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), orgaizned an event on the 25th of November 2021 to launch the National Media Fellowship on violence against women and child marriage. This event marked the start of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

Ms. Nilofar Bakhtiar, chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW), welcomed the Sindh Governor and highlighted the importance of initiating a media fellowship to equip journalists on how to report on occurrences of violence against women. Nilofer Bakhtiar added that it was vital to recognize how women continued to be victims of violence in Pakistan and throughout the globe during the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

Arif Anwar Baloch, secretary of the NCSW, stated in his welcoming address that the whole process of choosing journalists to attend the National Media Fellowship was done with media professionals from all around the nation in mind.

Sindh Governor Imran Ismail had stated that his administration will, with the assistance of the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW), clear all outstanding debts of women incarcerated in order for them to be released as soon as possible.

Ismail informed his audience, which included journalists, NCSW members, women's rights activists, and media students, that his government's aim was to assist women in obtaining justice. “It should be our target to reach out to the victims of violence,” the Sindh Governor commented in his keynote speech.