Joining the Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK) is the best thing I ever did in my life. I have gained so much by being a member and I believe many more members can assert to this.
The Association’s primarily focuses on women and has continued to use media as a tool to advance issues that affect them. The Association recognizes that gender inequality and inequity undermines the effectiveness of development. It also recognizes that media is a powerful tool for social change and agenda setting.
AMWIK’s challenge however remains to ensure that media outlets positively package and widely disseminate information on issues of concern to enable communities make informed choices. Consequently, it harnesses the competencies of her more than 400 members to give gender issues visibility in society.
AMWIK has managed to bring together women communicators from the private and public sectors of Kenya to pool their professional skills in giving more visibility to women’s concerns, as well as to use networking to foster collaboration with other sectors of society around issues of Human Rights, Democracy, Governance, Gender Based Violence, and equal representation of women in leadership positions and development.
One task AMWIK has managed to effectively do is to conduct a scholarship fund aimed at helping Kenyan media women pursue further education. AMWIK is therefore appealing to organizations including Government, corporates, donor agencies, banking institutions, non governmental organizations, institutions of higher learning, religious institutions and individuals to support the AMWIK Scholarship Fund.
On the 1st April 2011 at the Intercontinental Hotel starting 6.00 p.m. AMWIK will be conducting a fundraising dinner in which over 300 guests are expected, with a target to raise over Ksh 2 million.
Various categories have been set to ensure all well-wishers have a chance to contribute to this worthy course. At Ksh. 3,500 per individual, many more people can find it within their hearts to attend the dinner and enjoy moment of networking.
AMWIK has so far received support from Safaricom Limited amounting to Ksh 500,000 and is appealing to well-wishers to donate to the kitty which will go towards the scholarship fund started in 2004.
A total of 18 women journalist have benefited from the fund by being able to pursue higher education at local universities at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels giving them a chance to effectively compete for positions at decision-making levels.
AMWIK is therefore inviting you to support the dinner, whose theme is “Empower a Woman Empower the Society”. As an AMWIK member, we look forward to your invaluable support as we realize this noble goal. For any inquiries kindly contact Lilian or Doreen on telephone No. 0204441226 or +254 722201958/ +254 737201958.
The Association of Media Women in Kenya ( AMWIK ) is a national media Association established in 1983 and registered under the Societies Act as a non-profit membership organisation for women journalists from the print, electronic media and other areas of communication.
For more details visit AMWIK on www.amwik.org
Haba Haba Hujaza Kibaba!! In support for a worthy course!!