Media Matters for Women has been working in Sierra Leone since 2010. We develop innovative communication projects delivering life-changing information to thousands of women and girls. 

We work through our sister organisation, Media Matters for Women  Sierra Leone which is growing steadily into a strong voice for women in the global South.

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Our projects support a small team of highly dedicated female journalists, community promoters, and project coordinators who together ensure that our weekly podcasts are produced, distributed, and shared widely to our target audiences.

Our listeners learn so much from our podcasts — about human rights, Ebola, gender-based violence, teen pregnancy, girls’ education, participatory democracy, human trafficking, and income generation — and give us powerful examples of how this knowledge has positively shaped their choices.

Our audio podcasts are broadcast at Listening Centers that we build and manage through our community promoters in and around towns such as Kenema, Makeni, and Waterloo located in three different provinces. 

Our podcasts are also shared peer to peer via Bluetooth, mobile phone kiosks, and through community radio stations to further expand our broadcast reach. 

An evaluation in July 2017 found that women and girls were eager to use our information services and most of our listeners were able to recount information they learned and offer specific examples of how this knowledge has helped them.