A STEP CLOSER TO ACTUALIZING ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY FOR MEDIA

The Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK) in partnership with Journalists for Human Rights (JHR)’s – Voice for Women and Girls’ Rights – Kenya project (VWGRs) held a networking event on addressing sexual harassment in newsrooms. The trio has been working together to mobilize media partners and other stakeholders to promote inclusive policies that discourage discrimination, gender-based violence and sexual harassment within the media.

The concerted efforts have led to the establishment of an ad-hoc committee to address these issues by developing a sexual harassment policy. The event saw the presentation of a draft policy which was then deliberated among the stakeholders. AMWIK Executive Director, Judie Kaberia also presented a sample commitment letter for adoption by media houses to confer their support to eliminating sexual harassment in their premises. 

Among the key stakeholders represented included the Kenya Editors Guild(KEG), Media Council of Kenya(MCK), Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) the Kenya Correspondents Association(KCA), Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) among others.