AMWIK trains journalists on gender and conflict-sensitive reporting-specialized reporting, safety, protection, and security skills-online and offline, adherence to the code of conduct for the practice of journalism, content production and story grants, capacity building for community media/ freelance journalists/citizen journalists and works with partners to conduct workshops for journalists.
AMWIK under a consortium led by Media Council of Kenya funded by USAID through the SADES Kenya programme to advocate for an enlarged civil space in Kenya with the Kenya Union of Journalists, Civil Society Reference Group, and Kenya National Commission on Human Rights.
AMWIK has partnered with the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) to train mentor and coach young female journalists on the trends in the industry and how to package stories. Over 100 young female journalists have undergone mentorship and coaching sessions.
AMWIK seeks to organize and participate in national dialogues on women’s economic empowerment. We leverage media to sensitize women on various forms of economic growth through packaging materials for radio listening groups, podcasts, videos and stories.
AMWIK advocates for women to participate in decision-making levels through policy influencing and networking with other human rights organizations to champion the economic development of women.
AMWIK educates, sensitizes and empowers community members on their reproductive health rights, creates awareness on menstruation rights for young girls, trains journalists on writing gender-responsive stories and publicizing issues such as Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), teenage pregnancies, early marriages, education for all, creating awareness on sexual harassment and much more. This is achieved through advocacy and establishing the right partnerships.
This is a partnership project with The African’s Women Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) that started in 2020. The project seeks to strengthen the institutional capacity of AMWIK and other African partners. And also support AMWIK activities in contributing significantly to gender empowerment in Kenya.
AMWIK in partnership with Urgent Action Fund Africa, engaged in the 16 days of activism to give maximum visibility to GBV in various forms such as FGM and unpaid care, We continue to hold extensive discussions to discuss access to justice for victims and survivors of GBV.
Women are underrepresented in decision-making on many platforms. AMWIK addresses this by actively training journalists and media houses on publishing gender-responsive stories, training women on amplifying their voices and using the media to articulate issues, training women aspirants on leveraging on media to improve their communication skills and branding themselves and profiling women in leadership positions.
AMWIK is implementing a project on Amplifying Women’s voices and Leadership in the Covid 19 Recovery initiatives. AMWIK seeks to train and coach women leaders and aspiring women leaders to enhance their visibility around the Covid 19 Recovery and in articulating issues in the media.
The Association of Media Women in Kenya advocates for and promotes digital safety and security by partnering with media houses to enhance the safety of women in online spaces, and advocating for laws that encourage women’s interaction online and prosecution of perpetrators of online violence. AMWIK facilitates the training of journalists and produces materials to promote digital safety and security.
We have been able to train more than 300 journalists, human rights defenders and university students on digital safety and security. In addition, we have launched a digital safety and security handbook.