Moraa Obiria – July, Member of the Month
I had always wanted to become a lawyer to defend women’s and girl’s rights after two of my best friends in primary got raped, pregnant and forced to go through a cruel abortion. I wanted to seek justice for them and have the rapist hold accountable for their actions. Having grown up in Sotik tea plantations and seen what young girls and women go through, somehow, I wanted to tell the world, the ordeal of what young and poor girls were going through in the tea plantations.
My brothers have been my biggest supporters in my career ambitions. My eldest brother explained to me the career of a journalist and I became passionate on it. He told me I could use my pen and paper to put the realities in the open even use my writing to defend anything I want and my voice would be heard through the writing and I could be a voice to the voiceless.
I currently work for the Daily Nation as a reporter based in Nakuru. I previously worked for the Star Newspaper. I joined AMWIK because I was driven by a desire to belong and have a platform where I could learn and grow my my proffesion as a journalist. I see success based on three tiers; professional focus as an individual, a team player and an associate.
I am also the vice-general secretary to the Nakuru Media for Peace Association which was born out of commitment by all journalists in Nakuru to ensure that peace reigns in Nakuru County. Its registration is still in progress.
I am grateful to AMWIK for their support in the nomination for the David Aston award. I look forward to winning the award so that i can polish my career. I am also focusing on doing a Masters Degree in Women, Gender and Development and a paralegal study on Gender Law. That way I will be an authority in women issues.