Through a partnership with the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO, AMWIK undertook a three-day workshop for sixty female journalists from five counties namely Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kitui, and Makueni on safety and security ahead of the August general election.
Fifteen editors were also trained separately, during a one-day round table at the same venue.
AMWIK ED, Judie Kaberia highlighted that the training was meant to equip female journalists with skills to ensure they are safe before, during, and after the August election after a needs assessment showed glaring gaps among journalists on the election coverage.
She challenged the management and owners of media organizations to ensure the safety and security of their scribes during the electioneering period after several reports revealed attacks on journalists by civilians, sources, and others threatened by politicians.
The Kenya National Commission for UNESCO Programmes Manager, Angela Muchai said “We implement Unesco activities that work to promote access to information, freedom of expression, and media information literacy and this training will help protect journalists while in the line of duty during this period.”
The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) Director of Media Training and Development, Victor Bwire reiterated the importance of the training, saying that they had received 18 cases of attacks and harassment on journalists so far this year.