August 27, 2011
My name is Salma Maro, I hold a Bsc. Communication and Public Relations from Moi University, Kenya, and a Diploma in Journalism from the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC). I am currently pursuing my Masters in Project Planning and Management at the University of Nairobi (UON).
I work in the Ministry of Information and Communications (MOIC) in the Department of Information as a Chief Information Officer/Editor at the National Editorial Desk in Nairobi. I am part of a team that edits' News/Features from all the 47 Counties in Kenya. I am fluent in oral and written English, Swahili and understand basic French.
I am passionate about my work, and report consistently in general news and features articles covering a wide range of topical issues, including but not limited to women reproductive health, social and economic empowerment of women, politics, education, environment and human rights.
According to the Constitution, health is a basic human right for all, but women continue to face challenges of access to family planning, prenatal and post natal services. The need for womens' voices in decision making processes at all levels of society, rights of women and access to water and other natural resources, conflict and how it impacts on women and children, among other gender issues.
Media is thus at a pedestal to set the agenda for women issues through their published reports in newspapers, online publications, ministry websites, twitter, etc. Media practitioners however require the relevant skills to be able to report competently on these areas, and any capacity building program is key to ensuring a well informed society.