The Woman’s Newsroom Foundation is a feminist Nairobi-based organisation established in 2018 to amplify the voices of women in Kenya’s news media, and to bolster the place of women journalists in the newsrooms. Its vision is to pursue gender equality and sensitivity in news content; guaranteeing fairness in the coverage of women; and pursuing policies and mechanisms that advance careers and professional aspirations of women journalists in the media industry.
The key objective of the Foundation is to strengthen the voice of the woman in the media and to support the professional growth and career progression of women working in the media industry. Our focus is to ensure that women from all cadres of society, including women leaders, community members, and those women in the policy-making space, get a platform to share their ideas; to participate and influence important public debates on development in Kenya. We aim to magnify the visibility of women in the print, online, digital and broadcast media platforms.
Our special focus is to support women journalists, female students who are passionate about journalism, active journalists and editors, offering opportunities for mentorship, professional networking, and training. We reach out to experienced women journalists who are no longer in the mainstream media and those still practicing to work with us as mentors to the younger colleagues and those new in the profession.
The Foundation is a skills development, professional networking, and mentoring initiative for women journalists, and for men journalists who are passionate about using the power of the media to empower women in Kenya. Our interest is in developing useful networks for women leaders and women-led projects to ensure access to mass media and effective participation and engagement in the public debates in the policy sphere.
Besides pursuing the gender equality agenda in newsrooms in furtherance of the provisions of Article 27 of the Constitution of Kenya (2010), will in a way guarantee the amplification of important news stories about women, stories which are hitherto unreported. We are keen to safeguard the representation of women in news media in order to limit the debilitating effects of overt and inadvertent misrepresentation of issues affecting women, and the historical gender stereotyping prevalent in a patriarchal society that Kenya is.
Defending women inside and outside the newsroom against all forms of abuse, through empowering them to detect, resist and stop the abuse is also part of our mandate.
This Foundation works with professional journalists and editors, journalism students, teachers in
journalism schools and work in collaboration with partners keen on pursuing the agenda for women and girls.