IAWRT Kenya was registered as an organization in January 2003 following an IAWRT Regional Workshop held in Kampala, Uganda, in 2002. Nine (9) Kenyan women broadcasters who attended the Kampala Regional Workshop upon return founded IAWRT Kenya.
In November 2005, during the 31st IAWRT Biennial Conference held in Williamsburg, North Virginia, IAWRT Kenya received its charter status officially becoming a national chapter.
The Kenya chapter hosted the 2007 Biennial Conference and as a result, the chapter grew tremendously. The organization has 47 members and 20 very active members.
In 2008, there were many activities. On Press Freedom Day the chapter held a workshop, supported by UNESCO, on the standards of women journalists in times of conflict. They have developed a publication on the IAWRT Kenyan strategic plan that involves the constitution of the organization and future opportunities.
In 2010 IAWRT Kenya was engaged in monitoring the media performance in the coverage of the referendum for a new constitution. Amongst other indicators, this exercise was to evaluate professionalism during reports in terms of media ownership influence, over reliance on correspondents and on profit making vs adherence ethics
In 2012, the international board decided to have the secretariat in Kenya. This has given a boost and more visibility to the chapter which is now more rejuvenated.
The Kenya chapter has constantly been involved in production of short documentaries and also involved in a number of corporate social responsibilities (CSR) projects all in the spirit of giving back to the society.
Other activities organized by the chapter include:
- training journalists on governance
- partnering with other like-minded organizations to uphold the IAWRT mission of ensuring that women’s views and values are an integral part of the daily media content.
- training journalists in general developmental issues and management
Vice Chair / Treasurer
P.O. Box 45533- 00100 Nairobi, Kenya