interim PROGramme Director – MEDIA matter for women Sierra Leone

Sybil Bailor is a professional consultant to the not-for-profit sector with particular experience in education, governance, gender and women’s rights, child and youth development, social development and health. She has a strong background in organisational development, programme management and project evaluation for multilateral and bilateral funders. Her diplomacy and tact have enabled her to work in multi-cultural and diverse environments. Her country experiences include Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mali, and the United Kingdom. Sybil most recently was the Chief of Party for Plan International’s Girls Education Challenge (GEC) programme, which is the largest girl’s education programme in Sierra Leone working with over 30,000 girls and children with disabilities. Sybil is the Founder and Managing Director for FBCS Ltd in Sierra Leone. 

Senior journalist – Media Matters for Women Sierra Leone

Ndeamoh Mansaray is an experienced broadcast journalist based in Freetown (Western Area Rural District), Sierra Leone with recognised achievements in innovative radio programming targeting women and girls. She began her radio career at Cotton Tree News (CTN), the largest public service media project in post-war Sierra Leone, and continued her work as a journalist, presenter, and producer while earning her degree in Mass Communications from the University of Sierra Leone.  UN Women selected Ndeamoh to travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to participate in negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals as the only civil society representative from Sierra Leone. She is a member of Women in Media Sierra Leone and the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists.

Senior journalist – Media Matters for Women Sierra Leone 

Alinah Oliet Kallon is an award winning broadcast journalist and producer from Freetown currently based in Makeni (Northwest Province), Sierra Leone. Her career took off in 2006 when she was selected to be one of nine journalists who formed the core team of “Cotton Tree News” (CTN), a nation-wide media project funded by several European countries and located at the University of Sierra Leone. Her work has been recognised by UNICEF and BBC World Service Trust. She has a degree in Mass Communication (Honours) from the University of Sierra Leone. She was awarded the "Chancellor's Leadership Award" and also the United Bank for Africa’s “Africa Trail Blazer Award.” 

 Our team and board in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Our team and board in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Country Director – Media Matters for Women DRC

Julienne Lusenge is a tireless campaigner for justice, peace and gender equality in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her work has been recognised on the global stage many times. Most recently she received the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur by the French Government and the Ginetta Sagan Award from Amnesty International. In 2015, she was asked to speak on behalf of civil society at the United Nations Security Council on peace and security. Julienne was a radio journalist in eastern DRC when the conflict in the Great Lakes Region began in the 1990’s. She famously took to the streets and the radio airwaves to ask women to come out and help other women, then went on to found Fund for Congolese Women (FFC) and Women’s Solidarity for Peace and Integral Development (SOFEPADI), an NGO working for the promotion of women and girls’ rights in the DRC. She is one of the leaders of the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict Zones and is the Vice President of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) in DRC. She is the lead partner for a new project in DRC with Media Matters for Women. 

PROGramme Director & Senior journalist – Media Matters for Women DRC

Jeanne Kavuo Mbweki is a professionally trained journalist in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Programme Director of the Wamama Tujenge podcast, a new type of media designed by Media Matters for Women in partnership with SOFEPADI and FFC to increase the access of Congolese rural women to information through the Bluetooth on mobile phones. Jeanne works hard to distribute the Wamama Tujenge podcasts to women and girls living in rural areas  through listening centres located in vocational training schools, hospitals, schools, markets, churches, and universities - places where women and girls congregate. As journalist for over 20 years, Jeanne fights for the promotion of the rights of rural women and their freedom of expression. She has been a journalist on Congolese National Radio RTNC since 1996. She has served at RTNC Bukavu in South Kivu province, in Goma and Butembo in North Kivu, and currently works in Kinshasa. She is also a judge at the Discipline and Professional Ethics Committee, the Peer Court of the National Union of the Congo Press (UNPC) since 2014.

Executive Director — Media Matters for Women

Valentina Barbacci is Executive Director of Media Matters for Women helping to oversee fundraising, public awareness and social media activities as well as in-country programming, monitoring and evaluation, and governance for the organisation. She is a social impact advisor working with individuals and corporations to ensure they are thinking strategically and dynamically to be most effective in resolving social and environmental issues. She also serves as a Special Advisor to (formerly You Are Oxygen) and as an Advisory Board Member for the Association for the Protection of Women's and Children's Rights (APWCR) in Cameroon. She brings a diverse set of skills and understanding of public and private sectors with fifteen years of experience across Foreign Policy, International Development, Financial Services, Technology, Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility. She is fluent in English, Italian, French, and Spanish.