During the meeting, the participants confirmed that the media is a powerful tool that most people listen to and trust all the content that the practitioners put across. Mr. Hassan Kulundu, Vice Chairman of the Kenya Editors Guild noted that the upcoming general elections are anticipated to be free, fair and peaceful.
He said, “Media ethics is about highlighting issues that affects citizens, historical injustices, educating people on what election exercise is and what is expected from them during an election period.” Issues like civic education cannot be re-emphasized. “Media practitioners’ need to educate the public on how to vote in devolved government since in the coming general elections, the voters will vote for six candidates unlike the previous general elections.”
To The Public Editor,
The Association of Media Women in Kenya, (AMWIK) wishes to protest to the gender insensitive photograph of Hon Charity Ngilu carried in your newspaper dated Wednesday 5th December 2012 (pg. 3). The focus on Honorable and presidential candidate Charity Ngilu’s legs in your newspaper is an indication that the media is still objectifying and reducing women in politics to sex objects for admiration rather than women of integrity and substance.
H.E Kibaki urged the women in Maendeleo ya wanawake to use the vast networks to uplift and promote peace before, during and after the elections.
Kibaki says Kenyan government has not only upheld women rights but also the rights are guarded and protected in the constitution.
He added that, the government would comtinue to mainstream gender and promote gender equality and women empowerment to help in achieving some goals in the country.
“The level of women participation has increased though Kenya is not doing too well at 9% as compared to its neighboring countries like Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania who have surpassed the 30% of its women leaders in parliament”. He said. The number is expected to rise to 50 % as embedded in the Constitution.
The Court case against AMWIK filed by a former member Mildred Barasa was this afternoon dismissed by the Court. The cost incurred by Amwik in the case will be met by the plaintiff. The Board will communicate to members the elections dates in due course.
The FK exchange programme has seen around 100 media women participate over the ten year period. The Deputy Director General intimated of changes in the next phase of the program set to start in 2013. The Media Women Associations (MWAs) network program formally closes in January 2013 after a home coming meeting to be held in Johannesburg.
In the meeting were the Executive Directors Ms. Ananilea Nkya (TAMWA), Ms Jane Wambui Thuo (AMWIK), Margaret Sentamu (UMWA), Dr Manju Mishra(CJMC) and Pauline Sogiso(ZAMWA). On behalf of the team, Ms Margaret Sentamu appreciated the support of FK over the decade and gave insights into the tremendous benefits derived by the participants in their professional and personal growth and also the partner organisations.
AMWIK organizes annual visits by members to the home and members donate various items which are normally given as a wish-list in advance by the home.
During this year’s visit, the AMWIK team was led by Welfare Committee chairperson Liz Opudo and Programmes Manager Lilian Juma. The team donated various items including, shoes, metal boxes, clothes and foodstuff and money, all donated by AMWIK members and the secretariat.
AMWIK invited media bureau chiefs from Eastern and Coast provinces and other journalists to interact and device ways of working with women aspirants.
During the sessions, it was evident that women political aspirants needed publicity. Amina Abdalla, who is vying for the Kisauni MP seat shared her “not so rosy” encounter with the media. Amina said she has had a rough experience with the media after she sued a certain local media house for defamation.
“The media can make or break you. I was once misquoted over a drugs scandal and I took them to court for defamation. Since then, whenever I call the media for a function, they never show up. It seems like they have given me a blackout,” says Amina.
Among these are 17 civil society organizations that have launched a national initiative dubbed Tuvuke! whose overall objective is to promote peaceful, fair and democratic electoral process in Kenya by fostering a culture of peace, entrenching broad political participation and advocating for acceptance and diversity.
The Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga who launched the initiative rhetorically posed the question: What is Tuvuke? He said that Tuvuke was not just an empty slogan but a conscious and deep rooted statement by Kenyans on their aspirations.
“Civic education is essential in creating the necessary civic awareness, reorienting the national psyche for the new dispensation and engendering robust public engagement in the implementation process,” Musalia said.
“Let us use this opportunity to eliminate propaganda and negative ethnicity in elections. Civic education is critical in facilitating fundamental national transformation, legal and institutional reforms, Musalia added.