AMWIK REPRESENTATIVES APPOINTED TO THE TASKFORCE ON THE KENYA MEDIA POLICY GUIDELINES.

It is a moment of celebration for the AMWIK family after our Chairperson, Dr. Dorothy Njoroge and Executive Director, Judie Kaberia were selected to join the taskforce on the Kenya Media Policy Guidelines. The team was constituted by the Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communications, Technology and Youth Affairs, Hon. Joe Mucheru.

They are part of a 13-member team that was gazetted from across media stakeholders tasked to review, identify gaps and propose policy and legislative requirements of the Kenya Media Policy Guidelines. The envisaged result will be to develop a reviewed draft.

The team has three months to submit a reviewed Kenya Media Policy Guidelines. The Media Council of Kenya is the secretariat of the taskforce.

Hon. Joe Mucheru with the members of the taskforce on the Kenya Media Policy Guidelines.

AMWIK CONDUCTS VIRTUAL AGM, HIGHLIGHTS GAINS.

AMWIK held its Annual General Meeting for the year 2021 in a virtual ceremony graced by over 57 members. This was a significant event since it was the current board members’ last AGM in a sitting capacity and was the first for new Executive Director, Judie Kaberia. As usual, the AGM was held as per Article 45 of the AMWIK constitution.

The members got to listen to the reports from the chairperson and secretary as well as the financial report from the external auditors. Some of the key highlights included:

·The organization had moved location from Kirichwa road to Mbaruk road within the year.

·AMWIK has been able to provide more support to members through story grants as well as train and link members with diverse opportunities.

·The secretariat had been strengthened over the last year after the former Executive Director, Marceline Nyambala resigned in June 2021 and was succeeded by Judie Kaberia. The appointments of Mark Rabudi and Denis Mbau into the secretariat were also commended.

·Within the time that the new Executive Director had been appointed, AMWIK’s visibility had greatly improved.

·The organization was advancing from a partnership point of view with new partnerships taking centre stage. AMWIK has been spearheading advocacy activities and workshops on safeguarding women on issues of sexual harassment in the media.

·AMWIK’s rebranding process had been completed and will be rolled out in Quarter 1 next year as we commemorate our 40 years of existence.

·AMWIK has experienced improved financial stability due to increased donor funding.

·Judie Kaberia acknowledged the support she had received so far and gave positive affirmation on the direction the organization was taking.

·She announced new partnerships the organization had achieved including notably signing an MOU with the Media Council of Kenya(MCK). She expressed her desire to drive the organization to greater heights and commended the members of the secretariat for their selfless service.

·The elections committee is concluding the elections voter register and informed members that the elections, which had been earlier postponed will take place on 20th November 2021.

-Members were advised to send in their applications for board member positions.

AMWIK AND INTERNEWS IN PARTNERSHIP TALKS.

AMWIK Executive Director, Judie Kaberia held talks with Internews Senior Program Officer for East and Southern Africa, Fatuma Sanbur when she paid her a courtesy call at the AMWIK offices.

The two held extensive discussions on issues of mutual interest and corporation for the two organizations towards advancing women’s issues in the media.

Internews is an international media support nonprofit organization that supports independent media in 100 countries.

L-R: Fatuma Sanbur, Internews Senior Program Officer for East and Southern Africa and AMWIK ED, Judie Kaberia.

AMWIK TRAINS UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ON DIGITAL SAFETY SKILLS

AMWIK partnered with DW Akademie to promote sensitization on Digital safety and literacy skills to 45 Kenyan female Journalism University students through the DW project, women@web. The project that has been in play for 3 years now, aims at protecting Women’s online safety and provides digital security learning grounds for women journalists, content creators and young activists in Kenya and the East African Region. The three-day virtual training ran from 5th-7th October 2021 and participants were drawn from The United States International University (USIU), The University of Nairobi (UoN), and Multimedia University (MMU).

The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic saw people redirect to new models of doing things and today, digitization highlights the growing role of technology in daily life. AMWIK Members, Rachel Ombaka – Digital Journalist at Africa Report and Josephine Mirembe – Media, Digital Communication and Film specialist, were the facilitators for the training. In what seemed like an emphasis on the importance of being digitally literate, they extensively explained the different forms of online harassment that social networks expose one to, the effects and some practical tips on how to manoeuvre the situations.
Trolling, blackmail, impersonation and hacking were among the leading forms of online abuse that arose due to unknown/neglected digital safety practices such as clicking on malicious links, disabling a phone’s location and Bluetooth modes when not in use, use of strong passwords that are hard to crack and enhancing data privacy by using strong firewalls and VPN when connected to a public network.

In May 2016, AMWIK in partnership with Article 19 launched a Women Journalist’s Digital Security survey which found that approximately 7 out of 10 female journalists in Kenya had experienced online harassment in the course of their work. The study showed that most women are harassed by anonymous social media users with Facebook leading at 43%, Twitter at 27% and Instagram at 13%. Today, Kenyan Twitter comprises 70% Men and 30% Women. Twitter trolls have been on the rise making many women fear being so expressive on the app.

AMWIK undertakes initiatives that call for measures that enhance young female Journalists preparedness and mentorship for student journalists is growing. Training and sensitization of aspiring journalists and content creators are important as it helps them find economic value in digital tools and the need to protect themselves while online. At the end of the training, participants made commitments to be more responsible with what they share online, advocate for appropriate use of digital spaces and take advantage of the online opportunities that social media presents by producing impactful content.

By Lilian Mwangi, Intern.

AMWIK EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – MS. JUDIE KABERIA

Ms. Judie Kaberia is the Executive Director (ED) of The Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK). She is a multimedia journalist and a media trainer with over 15 years of experience in journalism. Judie is passionate about gender equality, public policy, healthcare, human rights, and transitional justice. She has extensive knowledge in global journalism, human rights and media development in East Africa.

 

In 2015 she was a fellow in the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Programme for Journalists (Washington DC) and a mentor in the U.S Embassy programme for Female Journalists. She has also trained media for the professional development programme of the Graduate School of Media and Communications at the Aga Khan University in Nairobi, an international consultant with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on journalism training in South Sudan, consultant for Heinrich Böll Stiftung and U.S. Embassy Vernacular Journalists training and election training.

 

Judie has previously worked as the country coordinator (Kenya) and later as regional coordinator (East Africa) for Germany’s Wayamo Foundation, where she drove high-level human rights advocacy and transitional justice dialogues. Before that, she worked as a journalist and later as an associate editor for Capital FM. She currently chairs the Africa Check Foundation board in Kenya, a subsidiary of Africa Check Trust, Africa’s leading independent fact-checking organization. She regularly speaks on Kenya’s mainstream media about journalism and gender equality. Before joining AMWIK, she was a Gender and a Media trainer with Journalist for Human Rights (JHR).