The humble, hardworking, dedicated former TV47 Coast based reporter Patronilla Goren was on Tuesday night moved to tears after she was recognized during the International day of women in activism.
Ms Goren was awarded as the best female journalist in Human rights category 2022, in the Coast region.
She has debunked cross-cutting, in-depth, well-researched news stories on Human rights, gender, health and social well-being of the Coastal communities.
During her daily assignments while at TV47 Coast regional bureau, Goren traversed the Coast region, crisscrossing all the six Coastal counties of Mombasa, Kwale, Taita Taveta, Kilifi, Tana River and Lamu highlighting gender and child rights stories, education for both girls and boys among others.
She highlighted on the tribulation the Coast woman faces mostly when she ventures into politics and other leadership roles, when searching for higher education, venturing into business and other entrepreneurial initiatives and when seeking justice as well.
Patronilla also swung into action unearthing the plights of Kenyans suffering in the hands of their employees in the Middle east and more specifically in Saudi Arabia where at least 93 Kenyans have died in the hands of their employees according to Kenya’s foreign affairs data.
It is through such selfless dedication to serve the community that the female rights defenders in the Coast region singled her out from the rest as the best human rights journalists of the year.
Ms Goren who is mourning her mother Jenifer Goren who passed on barely two weeks ago, says she dedicates the honour to her beloved mum.
“I appreciate this recognition and I embrace it with my open arms. I dedicated it to my late mother for always being there and encouraging me to pursue what I think is the best thing and which suits my heart and that is human rights journalism,” she revealed.
She left TV47 in October, 2022 and joined the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) as Communication officer.
“The award is timely and l want to thank my sources and members of the network for contributing to my stories and moulding me in defending for human rights,” she noted.
During her field assignment, Goren would pursue a human rights story to a successful end, analysing the security situation, gender-based violation, gender and human rights activism so as to impart the right information to her vast audience countrywide.
“I pursued journalism for myself because that’s what I passionately love, however, I pursued journalism so that I empower the society,” she disclosed.
[Former TV47 Coast based News and Features Reporter Patronilla Goren at the channels Coast bureau in Mombasa. Photo/Courtesy/Nov’ 30, 2022].
The network which was formed two years ago under Article 19, protect, MUHURI and female journalists under the stewardship of Mediamax Ltd. owned Newspaper People Daily court reporter Sophie Njoka, who is also the Secretary General, Grace Oloo (Treasurer) and Khadija Yusuf as the Network Chairperson has brought on board various stakeholders among them UN rapporteur, the judiciary, police among others.
The network battles human rights violation, sexual harassment on female journalists, vulnerable children and marginalised communities.