End discrimination against women in Press Club, Hyderabad
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Press Club of Hyderabad is a Golden jubilee press club with a history of 52 years. But, though the number of women professionals in media grew multiple times over in the last many years, the Press Club continues to be men’s domain where women are discouraged from entering. Out of 1500 members in toto, the number of women is less than a dismal 100 though there is huge demand from women for membership.
When membership was opened in 2015, a huge number of women applied and at least 150 of them were fully eligible for membership but only 70 were given membership. When the new executive committee took over, they reduced even further from 70 to a mere 21 while approving 400 male memberships, thus allotting less than 5 percent to women. Women Journalists with 10-25 years of experience are put in Associate membership category which is a non-journalist category. The committee neither bothered to consult the women members concerned nor have they informed the members their membership change. Ironically, the Press Club felicitated the very same women journalists for completing 25 years in journalism on March 8 this year, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, which now appears to be nothing but a mockery of the women journalists’ credentials. On the other hand, men who were neither journalists nor continuing in the profession are freely given regular memberships.
Press Club of Hyderabad is a prestigious body and we demand that such blatant discrimination and malafide intentions of barring women from seeking entry into the Club should be ended. We further demand that very woman who is eligible must be given press club membership without any embargo on the number.
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