Sharon Bylenga is the founding director of Media Matters for Women and now serves as the Chairperson of the Executive Board. She was inspired to set up Media Matters for Women after working for an international NGO partnered with the UN to expand radio coverage and improve programme quality in post-conflict and crisis zones, including Sierra Leone after the civil war. She felt that radio was key to peace and stability, and there must be a better, less energy intensive and expensive way to reach remote villages than radio. She drew inspiration from the music-sharing scene in West Africa using Bluetooth on basic mobile phones.
Chief Executive — Media Matters for Women International
Valentina Barbacci presently serves as CEO of MMW. She previously worked at the Association for the Protection of Women's and Children's Rights (APWCR), a human rights NGO in Cameroon. Valentina has extensive experience in international non-profits, with particular expertise in impact investing in social enterprises.
Project Director – Media Matters for Women (Sierra Leone)
Ndeamoh Mansaray is an experienced broadcast journalist in Sierra Leone with recognized 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.
Project 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 recognized 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 Lusenge 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 SOFEPADI (Women’s Solidarity for Peace and Integral Development), 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.