More in support of the AMWIK Scholarship Fund
AMWIK has done it yet again!And in great style indeed. In 2004, when the association launcheda scholarship fund to helpwomen journalists pursue highereducation, not many imaginedthat this ‘little’ initiative wouldturn out to be the major successthat it is today. With 13 members
having already beneted from
the fund, AMWIK has not onlyproved skeptics wrong but alsodemonstrated that indeed thisis a worthy investment! To ourgreat delight, numerous partners, including the government, corporates, civil society, thediplomatic community, the mediaand individuals have alwaysbeen at hand to offer support tokeep this vision alive. On 30thOctober, 2009 AMWIK organizeda fundraising dinner that attractedmany supporters. A total of Ksh2.2 million was raised. To all whocontributed to the kitty, THANKYOU! Read on…
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30th October 2009, Intercontinental Hotel
After months of preparation the day had
nally come; AMWIK was holding a fundraisingdinner for the fourth time since inception. Thistime round, things got only better as many of our supporters braved the effects of the globaleconomic recession that hounded them for thebetter part of the year to support a worthy cause!We realize that many of our supporters had notfactored the AMWIK scholarship fund as one of their priorities in their corporate responsibilitybudget for 2009, yet they still found room toaccommodate our needs. And for all those whocontributed, big and small, Bravo!The event was attended by 300 guests –government representatives, representatives of the public and private sectors, the diplomaticcommunity, the media, learning institutions andindividuals alike. Our guests arrived in style;many dressed to kill, with an appetite for theday’s menu, and with energy to shake a leg! Anddance, we did. Our chief guest, the NorwegianAmbassador to Kenya, Ms Elisabeth Jacobsencould not resist the temptation to shake a leg.She had the guests pulsating with excitementwith her calculated moves, in synchrony with thebewitching tunes of Kayamba Africa. The otherguests were challenged; and so, one by one, they joined in the dance. Soon, the dance train grewbigger and bigger. Yes, this was all in the spirit of advancing the status of women in Kenya!
Increasing the impactof women in media
The AMWIK scholarship fund is a uniqueidea that stemmed from the necessity to assistmembers to access higher education for theirown benet and that of the entire community.More importantly, the fund is aimed at increasingthe number and impact of women in the media,particularly in decision making.“Empowering women by enhancing theirskills, knowledge and access to informationtechnology is a way of combating negativeportrayal of women internationally andchallenging instances of abuse of power inan increasingly important industry,” AMWIKChairperson, Ms. Sylvia Machini said in heropening remarks.Ms Machini challenged the media in Kenya totake deliberate action to include women in theirtop management.She also informed the guests that Kenyawill be one of the African countries reporting onthe progress of the Beijing platform for Action.According to article J in the Beijing document onWomen and Media, the strategic objective is to“increase the participation and access of womento expression and decision making through themedia and new technologies of communication.”
The Norwegian government has for a numberof years supported AMWIK’s programmes suchas the “Gender and Governance Programme(GGP)”, which aims at increasing the level of participation and inuence of women in allgovernance structures in Kenya. Norway hasalso, since 2002, had cooperation with AMWIKthrough the Fredskorpset (FK) exchangeprogramme.
Norwegian Ambassador, Her Excellency Ms Elisabeth Jacobsenspeaks during the AMWIK fundraising dinner on 30th October, 2009.