I give my sincerest thanks to Sylvia Machini, the chair of AMWIK, for urging me to join AMWIK way back in 2008. I’ve never regretted it and to date, I feel as though AMWIK is our ‘media mother’, nurturer, career and supporter in this tough world of mass media… As we all know, a mother never abandons her children no matter how errant, and despite sometimes missing in action in AMWIK’s activities, we always come back to the fold.
AMWIK has impacted my life in various significant ways: First and foremost, it has enabled me meet wonderful women from the media in all their diversity. I dare say AMWIK represents the Kenyan woman par excellence. The hearty and sincere laughter that is always in abundance during our meetings and get-togethers; the shy eagerness of new members and students as they try to find their footing; the gentle but firm prodding by people like Mildred whose zest and energy is a powerful antidote; to the quiet leadership of the secretariat under the able guidance of Jane, among others.
Secondly, the networking opportunities are like no other I’ve experienced. Workshops, trainings and seminars organized by AMWIK and partners have enabled me establish rapport with diverse players in the political, social, economic and cultural fabric of our society. When I mention that I’m a member of AMWIK, that is enough said.
Need I add too that the numerous job opportunities that our Programmes Assistant, Joyce and her predecessor Linda forwarded to members is a real winner? If nothing else, that alone takes the cake among AMWIK’s list of virtues.
As we forge ahead into the future, my earnest prayer is that we as AMWIK continue to play our roles in society, but in a more significant manner through the horizontal expansion of AMWIK’s programmes in terms of funding, personnel and impacts to Kenyan society. With the kind of expertise we have at AMWIK, it is very possible for AMWIK to be the first name that comes to mind whenever media and women are mentioned.
Medina Ibrahim Asman, firstname.lastname@example.org