, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 14 – Capital FM has received top recognition at the Kenya Media Network Gala Night after scooping two excellence awards in advocacy journalism.
Capital News reporters Catherine Karong’o and Judie Kaberia were awarded the coveted Best Print Journalist and runners up in Best Radio Journalist in Gender and Development category respectively.
Ms Karong’o expressed joy in winning the award for an online story titled “Sexual Violations still unreported in Kenya.”
“I am happy to have won this award and it goes out to all the women who have been sexually violated but have not had the courage or the means to report the offence,” she said.
Her story talked about sexual violations going unreported despite the presence of Police Gender desks.
Ms Kaberia was awarded for her story on the suffering of women in conflict situations.
The story portrayed the challenges women have to deal with after rape, displacement and the burden of taking care of their families with limited or no resources at all.
“It is an honour to be recognised especially in highlighting issues affecting women. In most cases these issues are ignored by our policy makers and I believe that in writing these stories, one day these women will get some help,” she said.
The award is funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Kenya Media Network on Population and Development (KEMEP) which organised the Awards is a four year-old association of journalists dealing in advocacy journalism on population and development, gender and reproductive health.
During the award ceremony officiated by Higher Education Assistant Minister Dr Kilemi Mwiria, 24 journalists were awarded in different categories.
Others present included Youth and Sports Assistant Minister Kabando wa Kabando and Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission Chief Executive Officer Patricia Nyaundi.
The panel of Judges said that there were 300 entries for this year’s award.