Duchess of Cornwall calls on world to 'support' and 'listen' to female journalists in Afghanistan

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The Duchess of Cornwall has called on the world to "support" and "listen" to female journalists who remain in Afghanistan "whose work puts them in danger every single day".

Speaking at an event in Scotland to celebrate women in journalism Camilla reflected on the number of women journalists who have been forced to stop working in Afghanistan in the past year.

Addressing the audience of female journalists from Scotland and the north of England she said: "I've been reliably informed that in 2020, there were 700 female journalists working in Kabul. Today, there are fewer than 100.

"With the loss of 600 voices, the experiences of countless Afghans will remain untold."

Praising those who remain in the country she added: "All journalists who fight for truth and justice in the face of retribution deserve our thanks and admiration.

"Let's do all we can to support, promote and, crucially, listen to the brave female journalists of Afghanistan, whose work puts them in danger every single day."

The duchess is a committed supporter of the Women in Journalism organisation.

She was hosting the event at Dumfries House in Ayrshire, which was restored by the Prince of Wales's charitable foundation, to hear more about the challenges facing women in the media.

Her comments about the women of Afghanistan came at the end of a day where she also acknowledged the need to support those who suffer as a result of domestic abuse. She officially opened a new accommodation block for South Ayrshire Women's Aid.

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Championing the rights of women and girls, and raising awareness of domestic violence, is a cornerstone of the duchess's charitable work both in the UK and abroad.

Earlier this week it was announced that she's become patron of the Mirabel Centre, Nigeria's first Sexual Assault Referral Centre. The centre in Lagos has already given free medical and psychosocial support to more than 6,450 survivors.

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