Media and Young Women in Politics in Nigeria and Kenya 2023

Project Duration

March 2023


Project Location



  • Luminate Group

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The Media and Young Women in Politics project is underpinned by the need for the visibility of young women in politics. It aims to intervene in the current state of reporting on young women in politics and participation in civic life. It does so through capacity building of young women journalists, improving the visibility and accessibility of young women in politics, and designing a media toolkit for reporting on young women in politics. With Nigeria and Kenya having upcoming elections, the project will focus on both countries.


Here are the partners we had the pleasure of working with:


Overall we expect that the 100 journalists trained will form a community of practice, and we expect to see changes in how they report on young women in politics through their work. The capacity building of media organisations through the research reports and media toolkit will come with the call for commitment to their use and implementation. We hope to have at least five mainstream media organisations champion their use and implementation.


  • Accessible industry reports exploring how media can be strengthened in reporting on young women in politics (one each for Nigeria and Kenya)
  • Media toolkit for reporting on young women in politics (one each for Nigeria and Kenya) Visibility Project: 
  • 70% of participants will successfully participate in the event with each having Wikimedia editor profile
  • At least 30 new profiles will be created and approved by Wikipedia for Kenyan and Nigerian young female politicians doing remarkable work
  • At least 20 old profiles were updated and edited
  • At least 10 new profile photos were uploaded on the commons.


  • At least 30 young female politicians and political analysts in each of the countries profiled on SourceHer!
  • All women profiled can access basic interview training videos


C.E.O & Co-founder, AWiM

Dr Yemisi Akinbobola is an award-winning journalist, academic, consultant and co-founder of African Women in Media (AWiM). AWiM’s vision is that one-day African women will have equal access to representation in media. Joint winner of the CNN African Journalist Award 2016 (Sports Reporting), Yemisi ran her news website IQ4News between 2010-14.
Yemisi holds a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies from Birmingham City University, where she is a Senior Lecturer. She has published scholarly research on women’s rights, African feminism, and journalism and digital public spheres. She was Editorial Consultant for the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 commemorative book titled “She Stands for Peace: 20 Years, 20 Journeys”, and currently hosts the book’s podcast.
She speaks regularly on issues relating to gender and media. In 2021 she was recognized as one of 100 Most Influential African Women.