Nairobi — Senior women editors from all media houses have launched a campaign to heal the nation.
The campaign was launched at a breakfast meeting hosted by the Swedish Embassy and the Africa Woman and Child Feature Service (AWC).
Dubbed 'Healing the Nation, The White Ribbon Campaign' the initiative hopes to bring out voices of ordinary people who are making a difference in their communities.
The campaign will highlight those going out of their way to make a difference in their neighbours' lives.
Present during the launch were the Swedish Ambassador, Ms Anna Brandt, Norwegian Ambassador, Ms Elisabeth Jacobsen and the Head of Co-operation, Sida Kenya, Mrs Annika Nordin Jayawardena.
"In each community people are working together irrespective of their tribal or party affiliations to find lasting peace and there are good case studies that we can and are planning to highlight," said Miss Mildred Ngesa of the Nation.
While launching the campaign, the team hailed the Mathare community for coming together to work for peace.
"In times like this, it is the women and children who suffer and as women, we have no tribe and that is why our hearts are crying out for peace since everyone is a child of a woman," said Ms Nancy Mburu of The Standard.
Echoing her sentiments, Ms Jane Godia, of The Standard called on women parliamentarians and women leaders - irrespective of their party affiliations and whether they won the elections - to come out and call for peace.
The women journalists also called on media houses to give space to grassroots women, who are working for peace.
"We are also calling for a non-partisan civil society to champion for a voice of reason at a time when Kenya is calling for healing," said Julie Gichuru of NTV.
Among issues highlighted was the need to train journalists on peace journalism and vigilance against hate speeches. "We would like to stand out for peace in our country and as media professionals we should be vigilant on the use of language, pictures and voice-overs," said Catherine Gicheru of Nairobi Star.
The team meets again on Tuesday and is calling for wider participation from other colleagues.