Jakarta - The 2019 Citradaya Nita Program organized by the Nusantara Media Development Association was welcomed by female journalists. Maria Andjelin, Reporter of the Ngada Regency Communication and Information Office, West Nusa Tenggara sees it as an opportunity to increase the capacity of women in the newsroom.
"Citradaya Nita is the starting point for raising women's issues," said Maria on the sidelines of the Citradaya Nita training at the A One hotel, Central Jakarta, Wednesday 12 December 2019.
The issue of women, such as migrant workers, sexual violence, and domestic violence, has not yet become the star of media coverage. This is in contrast to the records of the Women's Empowerment and Child Protection (P3A) Office under the Integrated Service Center for Women and Children (P2TP2A) which recorded 300 cases of violence against women throughout 2018.
Meanwhile, the National Commission for Women (Komnas Perempuan) in its 2019 year-end note (CATAHU) stated that there were 150 cases of violence against women in NTT.
According to Maria, the issue of women who are still marginalized from the news has made the government and society not know what to do with violence against women.
"The issue of migrants has not been highlighted and has not become a priority for the media because many (media-ed) only raise government policies and development alone. Even the issue of women is considered an issue that does not need attention, "he added.
Therefore, Maria wants women to be more empowered. He hopes that the publication of the problem of migrant workers can change the attitude of the public and the government. This will encourage women-friendly policies.
"Thus migrant women can be considered," said Maria.
Meanwhile, Solo Pos reporter Ika Yuniati said the number of male workers far exceeded female workers making news about women difficult to go to print.
"At Solo Pos, when they wanted to make a decision, they lost," said Ika.
In addition, he also received unpleasant treatment when occupying art posts and performances. Ika is considered unable to work on both issues because she is a woman.
"One side of the patriarchal culture is still strong, considering women weak in working as journalists," complained Ika.
Journal of Women executive director, Atnike Sigiro said that female journalists in the mass media are more often asked to write about health issues, appearance, and leisure issues such as holidays. Meanwhile, men are more trusted to cover political issues, sports, international issues and technology.
"Seeing this, there should be an increase in women's participation in the media. For example, it involves more in the news writing, news anchor, media management, selection of sources to involving women in taking news topics, "said Atnike.
Apart from Atnike, PPMN also invited three women from the newsroom, namely Irna Gustiawati, Editor-in-Chief of Liputan6, Citra Dyah Prastuti, Editor-in-Chief of Radio News Agency, and Ratna Komala, Director of News MNC Group.
Citra Dyah Prastuti appreciated the 10 female journalists who received leadership scholarships for women journalists in the CItradaya Nita 2019 program. They included, Betty Harlina, the Bengkulu People's journalist Online, Bhekti Suryani Journalist Jogja Daily, Ika Yuniati SoloPos journalist, Irma Hafni acehtrend.com journalist, Kartini Nainggolan journalist Mercusuar Daily, Khairuah Lubis journalist DAAI TV, Luh De Suriyani journalist Balebengong.id, Maria Andjelin journalist Diskominfo NTT, Robiah Machtumah journalist Radio Suara Tebuireng and Wati Susilawati journalist of Khatulistiwa News Daily.
"Women journalists must be able to take a role by prioritizing self-competence," said Citra. (Abdus Somad)