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Beyond promulgation into implementation

Beyond promulgation into implementation (2)

Beyond promulgation into implementation: ensuring the effective participation of women in the implementation of the new constitution through effective engagement of the media

To leverage the media as a means of galvanizing  women’s activism in the newly created 47 counties in order to  create a consciousness of  constitutionalism  and  ‘women nationalism’ as a tool for organizing thus ensuring an inclusive, transformative and responsive society where women’s rights are respected through the new constitution.

This project is supported by Open Society Foundations under the International Women's Program

Project Duration: February 2011 to January 2013

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Project Activities

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  • Documentation of case studies on women’s experiences on their rights and how cultural and traditional beliefs might hinder the full enjoyment of the rights as spelt out in the new constitution;
  • Produce a weekly documentary on women  and the transitional justice in line with the devolve structure through the Nation TV called the Strength of a Woman
  • Write  weekly articles on the experiences of women and the new constitution
  • Publish a book on women who have made a mark in Kenya through the journey of constitutional reform
  • Develop a simplified format of the devolved structure as it relates to women for broad dissemination through the media.
  • Develop a media strategy for the project Communication (radio, TV, Drama, etc. for women to understand the opportunities which the new constitution offers especially at the grassroots level)
  • Develop priority areas for women on the new  Constitution through the iidentification of root causes of barriers that might be a hindrance for them
  • Hold ddialogues between women’s organisations and the media on the constitution at all levels and this will  be aired  on FM radio stations of the using the various languages
  • Identify and train women in order to bring in ordinary women’s voices in political consultation or representation using the media namely radio, print and TV. Communication (radio, TV, Drama, etc.)
  • Develop   a weekly commentary and feature stories/interviews with various people with a bias towards women, on perspectives that touch on women’s rights and the new constitution
  • Develop training tools for women and the media with an aim of  monitoring the implementation of the new constitution
  • Hold a dialogue series with senior women journalists to provide a platform for identifying the issues which require urgent and sensitive attention by the country’s media on women’s rights
  • Train journalists on gender reporting in line with the new constitution
  • Set up an AWC Editorial team at county level to develop community voices and the stories will be edited and published in the local press to help set agenda on the circumstances of women and children as well as the concerns that will need to be emphasized by the mediation team
  • Establish media  committees at community levels
  • Organize community forums with community leaders, women politicians and women organisations and correspondents in 47 Counties together with the journalists


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Project Objectives

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  • To increase the information on women’s rights  in the new constitution through the  media
  • To increase the level of effective interactions by women with the media around the transitional justice processes
  • To enhance changes in attitudes by media managers/gatekeepers on women’s rights

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