Media team which works under Communication and Advocacy program has been tasked with providing visibility for MEGEN activities and programs. In the quest to provide this visibility the Team has been producing BCC and IEC material for use during the various MEGEN activities. These materials have been very crucial in passing information on GBV.
Posters with SGBV messages like “Can you beat your mother? Why beat your son’s mother?” has worked in disseminating information on domestic violence. Brochures, Resource books e.g. defying the odds which is a collection of personal stories of the various MEGEN members, T-shirts with the message “Peace in Africa begins at home”, “Real men don’t abuse women” and “using my strength to prevent violence” have had a collective effect of sensitizing the target community on issues of SGBV
During the annual Men’s Travelling Conference (MTC), media team has been responsible for the branding of the buses which have been used by the MEGEN activists to transverse the country Liaising with the practicing journalists and media houses has also been an area in which the media team has been very instrumental not only in ensuring periodic coverage of MEGEN activities but also to ensure positive reporting on issues on GBV.
In MTC 2008, MEGEN was covered by K24 and a documentary on the involvement of men in the fight for Gender Equality. During MTC 2010, the media team successfully liaised with the following radio stations, Mbaitu FM, Radio Mwariama, Q-FM, Milele FM, Baraka FM, Radio Mambo, West FM, Kass FM and Radio Amani to effectively cover and widen the reach and impact of the MTC.
Collecting data and documentation during the MEGEN activities has been the Media team’s responsibility. Media team has not just been active during the MTC but also during what the MEGEN Artistes call pretests which have been taking place every month since February 2011 in the various MEGEN chapters that are in Nairobi and its environs. The team has been capturing activity photos of these pretests plus activity photos of trainings under the Capacity Building and Survivor Support Program.