WoN, in collaboration with the Gender Media Network (Gemnet) and the Association of Media Women in Kenya, (AMWIK), is set to hold the first in a series of discussions, events and process to bolster the place of female journalists in Kenya’s newsrooms.
This is expected to kick off with a retreat slated for mid-November, 2019. A study carried out in 2014 by the African Woman and Child (AWC) indicates that only 33 per cent of Journalists are women compared to 67 per cent of men. In a report by the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) in 2015, male journalists have an upper hand in published stories, upon which payments are made.
In Gender Equality: Observation from the Kenyan Media Perspectives, where 2,782 news stories were analysed, MCK established that 74 per cent of the stories were written by male journalists compared to 26 per cent published by their female counterparts. In addition, the report established that women accounted for only seven per cent as sources, compared to 44 per cent for men. It is against such background that WoN in partnership with Amwik and Gemnet has started the process of trying to change this unpleasant situation.