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association of kenyan women writers

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The Association of Media Women in Kenya, AMWIK, is a national media association whose overall concern is to promote and represent interests of women in the media and women in general, particularly in as far as the media portrays them and in their efforts to participate equally in national development.

The association was started in 1983 with the prime desire to promote the interests and advancement of women in the media. The organization is apolitical and is run on a voluntary basis by members who also work in various media houses in the country.
The membership of sixty, is drawn from women professionals in the print, electronic, advertising and public relations.

MISSION

To use the media to promote the status of women in general, and to address the concerns of media women in particular, through various projects.

OBJECTIVES

To organise and unite media women professionals in fellowship and link them with other similar organizations elsewhere.
To advance their interests in the profession and promote their understanding of the media profession.
To promote the exchange of technical knowledge and professional expertise through the association.
To promote training and job opportunities through scholarships, on-the-job guidance, lectures at girls schools and other institutions.
To promote understanding of issues through the media as they affect women.
OTHER PROGRAMMES
Gender Training for Journalists:
This has been going on since 1997 and aims at making coverage of women more gender sensitive. Response and interest generated by this training has shown the great need to continue with it. Journalists proposed both training of other journalists and editors so both men and women can get fair coverage. CIDA’s Gender Equity Support project and British Council sponsored this project.
Training on Business Writing:
This was necessitated by the realisation that women journalists are not involved in the coverage of business/economic issues. The objectives therefore were, to interest women journalists in the issues and encourage them to venture into this area. Women journalists proposed the need to continue the programme in order to equip them further. Nairobi Stock Exchange, NSE and British Council sponsored it.
Media Monitoring:
The project aims at monitoring how the media covers women in an effort to use the data for advocacy and change. The association has carried out a monitoring exercise in the coverage of violence against women. It intends to make it a regular exercise. It is supported by UN fund for women, UNIFEM.
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