Women's presence in the media sector in Afghanistan has increased by 12 percent over the past 12 months, despite security threats, media watchdog said Monday.
According to Nai - Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan, 17 percent (2,113) of journalists in Afghanistan are female.
The government being criticized on a number of the occasion by the organisations - empowering independent media in Afghanistan including Nai, for not giving access to information.
Shah Hussian Murtazawi, acting spokesman for President Ghani said that the government is committed to supporting journalists and freedom of speech in the country.
Journalists in Afghanistan work under extremely difficult circumstances, particularly women journalists and routinely face violence, threats, and intimidation that prevent them from carrying out their work.
However, Murtazawi stressed that the government is determined to address violence against journalists.
"We have no prisoner journalist, violence against journalists will be addressed," Murtazavi said.
This comes as Reporters Without Borders (RSF) recently has opened first center for the protection of Afghan women journalists (CPAWJ) in Kabul.
The center is aimed at combating violence against women journalists and increasing their capacity. It also aimed to be a forum where women journalists, especially those operating in remote regions, can obtain and exchange information and contacts that can assist them in their work.