IAWRT Nepal hosts webinar on mental well-being for journalists during the pandemic

0714 iawrt nepal workshop

Women journalists face added challenges during COVID-19

Dr. Richa Amatya will speak on mental well-being for journalists during the pandemic.

She is an aspiring Consultant Psychiatrist at the Department of Psychiatry of Nepal Mediciti Hospital and Shree Birendra Army Hospital. She completed her MBBS from the

University of Science and Technology, Chittagnong, Bangladesh. She pursued her career as a Psychiatrist and completed her MD in Psychiatry from Manipal Teaching Hospital, Pokhara. She worked as a Lecturer in Kathmandu University Hospital- Dhulikhel Hospital. She also has played a key role working as a Correctional Psychiatrist for the prison inmates at Dhulikhel Prison, Nepal.

The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns forced us to change our lives, shift to online work and education, practice social distancing, where we lost a lot of our physical activities and physical social interactions.

Covering the pandemic and covering during the pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of journalists.

Women journalists have also been under more pressure in the home or the workplace. They faced more pressure and expectations to run the household while also having to work, and also women in general became more vulnerable to domestic abuse during lockdown. In the workplace, many women journalists have been cut off assignments in streamlining staff for the lockdown and pandemic, while some are more vulnerable to the conflicts and hostilities during coverage at this very uncertain time of multiple crises—health, politics, food, climate, etc.

All IAWRT members are invited to join on July 18, 5pm Nepal time. Register for this virtual webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Dtql7CC4Rwy863R0VHgLYw

Read more of Dr. Richa’s work are some of her articles and interviews in media:


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