The Board and staff of UAF-Africa are sad to bid farewell to Coumba Touré (Mali/Senegal). Coumba, who was UAF-Africa’s board chair, rotated off the Board of Directors in May 2015, after serving 2-terms. Since joining the board, Coumba worked tirelessly to enhance UAF-Africa’s programs and operations. She has left an indelible culture of feminist activism and creativity within UAF-Africa family and beyond.
Dr. Barbara Klugman (South Africa), a renowned global women’s rights activist and leader in the sexual and reproductive health and rights sector, takes up the role of board chair. Read more….
We are also delighted to introduce to you the newest edition to UAF-Africa’s board membership. Muthoni Wanyeki (Kenya), a prominent feminist activist and political scientist who is also the Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn, and the Great Lakes at Amnesty International, is joining the board at a critical juncture for UAF-Africa-when the Fund is in the process of developing her cutting edge 2016-2020 strategic plan that’s tipped to boldly position the Fund as a game changer in the African feminist and social justice sector. Read more….
The Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK), established in 1983, is a national media Association for women journalists and communicators in Kenya. The organisation seeks to use the media to promote an informed and gender responsive society in Kenya and Africa.
Kenya is a signatory to many international instruments such as the Convention on all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s), the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSR 1325) among many others. In spite of being a signatory to all these instruments that advocate for women representation at all levels of decision making, Kenya still has a low level of female representation in elective positions. From the 1st general election held in Kenya to the most recent 2013 general election, men have been the majority in parliament.
Many several media houses have provided coverage on the political impact of women representation in view of the Constitutional requirement. From the media reports and media debates, it has emerged that there is an urgent need to counter the negative reports by journalists on equality in gender representation. The media has failed to remain objective in reporting on the 2/3rds gender principle, but has laced its reports with innuendos and bias on women representation. Most of the reporters have taken on the economic debate on the issue, stating that promoting gender representation as envisaged by the Constitution is costly to the tax payer, thereby influencing lethargy towards the realization of gender equality in Kenya. Therefore, there exists a potential for media to make a greater contribution to the advancement of women through attitude change and impact positively on public policy. The media has a wide platform that can boost awareness levels on gender discrimination, and in this regard enhance the understanding of policy makers as well as the general public on Affirmative Action.
With a rapid response grant from UAF-Africa, AMWIK intends to intervene in order to increase the voice of women in political decision-making through positive media reporting. The intervention recognizes the role of media in setting the national agenda as well as its potential to influence and change attitudes. Through this intervention, the knowledge base of media practitioners in Affirmative Action will be enhanced in order to influence positive reporting on the current debate on the 2/3rds gender rule.