The Association of Media Women in Kenya(AMWIK), held its 2022 Annual General Meeting at the Savelberg Retreat Center in Nairobi with the purpose of bringing the board, the secretariat and the members together to make major decisions concerning its welfare, approve audited financial accounts and provide updates on the organization’s past and upcoming projects. The hybrid meeting was also attended by external auditors who presented the 2021 audited accounts.
In her report, Executive Director, Judie Kaberia highlighted the organizations projects and activities, urging the members to continue being good ambassadors of the association. “Some of major strides we celebrate today include the rebranding of the association, the impressive growth in membership, heightened brand reception, growth of our digital and mainstream presence, participation in the Annual Journalism Excellence Awards, AMWIK’s mandate to lead activities on sexual harassment in the media by the Kenya Media Sector Working group, increase in member trainings among others.” She said.
Judie also outlined some of the challenges the organization had been facing, mostly touching on financial. She assured members of more benefits, saying that the secretariat was gearing up efforts to ensure that it is rotational and through upcoming engagements and activities, each member stands to benefit.
AMWIK board chairperson Dr. Jane Thuo lauded the members for the overwhelming support and called upon them to continue with the same space. “AMWIK has recorded a 100% progress in member recruitment since the previous AGM in October 2021,” she said.
She lauded the secretariat for the efforts it had put to steer the organization forward including creating a positive outlook in the association’s finances, launch of the constitution, board policy and the strategic plan 2021-2026. She further updated the members on the impact and highlights in AMWIK’s thematic areas and expounded its challenges and opportunities. She acknowledged AMWIK partners terming them crucial to the progress and well-being of AMWIK.
The financial reports of the organization by the external auditors and the treasurer were satisfactory to the members who gave overall positive feedback both online and in attendance. Arising matters were discussed and solutions arrived to. The secretariat collected proposals and recommendations to be put into consideration for a better AMWIK.
By Susan Mwallo, AMWIK Intern