Democratic republic of congo

"Wamama Tujenge" project

Executive Producer

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. 

senior journalist and project coordinator

Jeanne Mbweki Kibuo is a professionally trained journalist and manages all aspects of the Wamama Tujenge podcast and project, 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. She has worked for 20 years as a professional journalist, including with the 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.

Jeanne Mbweki Kibuo opening a new "Wamama Tujenge" Listening Center in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2018

Jeanne Mbweki Kibuo opening a new "Wamama Tujenge" Listening Center in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2018

Sierra leone

MEDIA matters for women Sierra Leone Project

Project Coordinator

Florence Leeliema Sesay is a Sierra Leonean journalist who served in the Office of The First Lady of Sierra Leone heading the advocacy on the reduction of maternal and infant mortality with support from UNFPA since 2009. The project targeted the role of Traditional and Religious leaders as champions in the reduction of maternal and infant mortality. It set the pace for the government to lunch free health care and played an active part in reduction of teenage pregnancy campaign, capacity building, and empowerment of adolescent girls through the National Girls Camp. She began her career volunteering as news reader and announcer at the SLBS. In 1999, after the rebel invasion in Freetown, she relocated to Banjul in the Gambia and worked at St. Peter's Secondary School Library while obtaining a diploma in Mass Communication from the Gambia Technical Institute. She returned to Freetown in 2004 as a radio announcer and news reader at SLBS until 2006 when she joined Cotton Tree News (supported by Fondation Hirondelle). She was head of the Women's Magazine programme, producing and presenting programmes on women's health, participation in governance, and agriculture among other issues. She finds great joy in reaching vulnerable groups women and girls who live in hard-to-reach areas with reliable information about life-changing decisions regarding their reproductive health.

Senior journalists

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.

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.” 

Zainab Sheriff is a senior journalist and is based in Kenema.  She attended Eastern Polytechnic Kemena and has been a reporter for Gola Agricultural Radio Station since 2016.  She recently attended courses in women’s leadership and the Independent Media Commission’s training on “Code of Conduct for Reporting.” She speaks Mende, Krio and English.  

Our team of journalists and Board of Directors in Freetown, Sierra Leone, 2017

Our team of journalists and Board of Directors in Freetown, Sierra Leone, 2017