Rupandehi, Dec. 16: It has been urged to give priority to the issues of sexual and gender minorities in the media.
In an interaction program organized by the Blue Diamond Society in Butwal today, he stressed on the need to pay attention to vocabulary while reporting on issues related to sexual and gender minorities.
On the occasion, Babita Basnet, former chairperson of Sancharika Group, said that the media should be sensitive on the issues of sexual and gender minorities. Noting that all media outlets should not be evaluated in the same way, he said that unregistered and more negative content is coming on YouTube than mainstream media outlets. “Analyzing the media content, most of the content is for sale. Even if the good news is positive, there is more content in the alternative media, ”he said.
Bhumika Shrestha, program coordinator of the Blue Diamond Society, said that the society has been raising its voice for identity and rights and urged everyone to join it. “Sometimes the content in the media has a negative impact on the sexual and gender minority community, so the media needs to be more sensitive,” he said. Coordinator Shrestha also demanded the provision of inclusive laws, policies and budgets for the sexual and gender minorities at the state level.
Beyond Beijing Committee Nepal Treasurer Jagjit Kaur stressed on the need for all sections of the society to be sensitive for the empowerment of sexual and gender minorities.
Bikram Khadka, general secretary of the Federation of Nepali Journalists, Lumbini, said that there was no problem in the mainstream media as journalists were working on the code of ethics. Manisha Dhakal, Executive Director of the Blue Diamond Society, stressed the need for meaningful participation and inclusion of sexual and gender minority communities at all levels of the state. He said the government should set up a special mechanism to reduce violence and discrimination against the community.
Courageous Steps Nepal’s Provincial Coordinator Anik Rana demanded that political parties ensure representation at the policy-making level by including the issues of sexual and gender minorities in the manifesto.
Astha Subedi, a member of the youth organization working in the field of youth, urged the women and the citizens of the sexual and gender minorities not to be associated only with sexuality but also to give priority to the issues that motivate the youth in the media.
Rubina Tamang and Tikaram Neupane, members of the sexual and gender minority community, urged the journalists to understand the sentiments of the community as it is not easy to walk with one and the same physical condition.रासस / Symbolic Photo