NARC Kenya party leader has voiced support for the action taken against Home Boyz Radio, and for the “feminist movement” as a whole.
Writing on Twitter, Karua says the action “should send a signal to all that we must strive to live the values in our constitution and accord each person dignity irrespective for gender or social status.”
On Sunday Morning, the Communication Commission of Kenya fined the radio station Ksh1 million and suspended the broadcast of the morning breakfast show for six months. The move followed a public outcry over remarks made on air by presenters Shaffie Weru, Neville and DJ Joe Mfalme that seemed to victim-shame and justify sexual assault against women. Earlier, Radio Africa Group, the company that owns Home Boyz Radio had fired the trio.
The action triggered intense debate on social media, with some commentators delving into (nay, tearing apart) the concept of “feminism.” Some-mostly male- commentators wrote that it’s become an excuse for suppressing male voices and freedom of expression.
“Feminism is about advancing women’s rights in order to achieve gender equality,” said Karua. “It is about changing perspectives on female and male rights , and advocating for equality. This is a journey that requires the partnership of women and men of goodwill.”
She adds that it should concern both women and men that “any one in society and especially those in position of influence as leaders or media etc should trivialize gender violence of any kind.”
Karua is calling on the National Gender and Equality Commission and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights to engage stake holders as appropriate to ensure that “moving forward our airwaves, all our public spaces and the citizenry embrace our national values of human dignity and equality.”