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Sierra Leone Association of Women in Journalism (SLAWIJ) is a non-profit corporate body registered in 2020 with the core aim to promote the welfare of female journalists and communication practitioners in Sierra Leone and increase their visibility to transform the media and communication landscape through professional development programmes and advocacy. It stands as a voice of equality and empowerment for female media and communication practitioners in Sierra Leone. Our vision is to build an informed gender sensitive media with empowered women in leadership positions in the media and communication industries.

Our membership spans across Sierra Leone providing a level playing field for all female journalists. Capacity building through trainings and support for our membership are core objectives of the association. Through our engagement programmes we have brought many of our journalists to the fore to participate on issues that relate to their welfare. Using the platforms provided by our members across the country especially in remote communities, we have been promoting women’s rights through radio reports and community activities. We work in partnership with female community leaders and influencers to discuss topics on gender-based violence, rape, sexual and reproductive health and many more.

As a female media right based organization, we are also passionate about empowerment of women across all sectors and regions in Sierra Leone through information sharing and providing a platform for engagement.

Vision

To build an informed gender sensitive media with empowered women journalists in leadership positions

Mission

SLAWIJ Seeks to advance the rights of female journalists, foster their representation within the media in Sierra Leone and promote women’s rights.

The Executive

Executive President

Director of Programmes

Director of Public Relations

Corporate Secretary

Director of Finance

National Coordinators

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Fatmata Marian Sesay

North

Mamusu Senesie

Mamusu Hawa Senesie

South

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Augusta Grace Yonga

East

Community

Dr. Williette P.R.O. James

Dr. Williette P.R.O. James

Researcher and Media Educationist

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Patricia Ganda

Station Manager

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Yeama Sarah Thompson

Development Communication Expert

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Rev. Lucy-Ann Ganda

Television Producer and Presenter

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Florence Sesay

Producer and Consultant

Mamie Tambo

Mamie Tambo

 Presenter

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Hawa Dauda

Media Director and Sports Journalist

Haja Yusuf

Haja Yusuf

Presenter

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Kumba Brewah

Freelance Journalist

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Princess Gibson

Radio Executive Producer

Fatmatta Jalloh

Fatmatta Jalloh

Freelance Journalist

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Kumba Jalloh

Presenter and Reporter

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Assanatu Labelle Sillah

 Presenter and Reporter

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Jannie Abiodu Kamara

Station Manager

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Martha Kargbo

Media Trainer and Mentor

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Margret Misor Mansaray

Presenter

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 Presenter and Reporter

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Marian Samu

Media trainer

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Mariama Bah Sowe

Development Communication Officer

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Kadiatu Turay

Reporter and Marketing Manager

Millicent Kargbo

Executive President

Millicent Kargbo is the co-founder and first president of the Association. A strong advocate for professional growth of female journalists, better working conditions, education and leadership positions within the media. She is very passionate about gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment across all levels. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Sierra Leone and is currently the Communications Officer of Sierra Leone’s National Youth Commission.

Before joining the Commission in 2013, she was the senior producer at the Independent Radio Network—a bloc of 26 radio stations in Sierra Leone. Millicent was one of many Sierra Leoneans that were hired and trained by Fondation Hirondelle’sCotton Tree News(CTN) project where she eventually rose to the position of Features Editor and Deputy Senior Producer—the first female to hold a senior role in the newsroom.

Aminata Finda Massaquoi

Director of Programmes

Aminata Finda Massaquoi a media guru and social commentator. She started this amazing journey in 2009 as a reporter, went on to be a presenter, producer and is now the Station Manager of Culture Radio. She is one among few female journalists who head media houses in Sierra Leone. Her journey has not been smooth as one would imagine, but she’s a strong woman and was able to surmount her challenges.

Today, she serves as a vibrant voice to women’s issues within and out of the media. She has received several trainings in the media both nationally and internationally.

Mariama Khai Fornah

Director of Public Relations

Mariama Khai Fornah has over 10 years’ experience in Radio Journalism, gender activism and mentorship. She has worked as broadcast journalist for Eastern Radio in Kenema and Cotton Tree News (CTN). She served as a Local Trainer South-East of Sierra Leone providing trainings on basic journalism and mentorship for BBC Media Action and served as Program manager for several projects including the Cacao Livelihoods Project, the Queen’s Younger Leaders Project and Leave No Girl Behind Project for the organisation.                              

The first African female journalist to report on the Charles Taylor Trial from The Hague, Netherlands, an assistant producer for a weekly show on the Charles Taylor’s project called ‘HAGUE LINK’’. She has served as a communication consultant for World Bank in Sierra Leone and other organisations and is the Board Chair for Media Matters for Women Sierra Leone. (MMW-SL). She has won several awards including the Independent Media Commission Award for journalist of the year, 2011, Best Female Reporter in Sierra Leone.

Zainab Kanu

Corporate Secretary

Zainab Kanu is a well-respected and experienced journalist in Sierra Leone. She ventured in the print media landscape a mostly male dominated territory and has worked her way through to become a strong reporter.

She is a female activist, a development media promoter and very passionate about equality in the media landscape of Sierra Leone and other African countries. She has attended many Media trainings and mentored other female journalists in the newsroom.

Mariama Coker

Adviser

Mariama Coker started as a cub reporter and rose through the ranks to become top of her class in print media in Sierra Leone. She worked for the media houses like Sierra Leone Daily Mail, Expo Times Newspaper, News Storm, Salone Times, Stringer for KISS 104 in Bo, Skyy Radio in Freetown. Her commitment to duty got her appointed as a Press Attache’ to the Mano River Union Countries to serve her country in a diplomatic capacity. She served for ten (10) years promoting her country before she returned. 

She has held various positions within media organizations in Sierra Leone and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists in 2019. In what now seems like a retirement of a seasoned female journalist, Mariama Coker is now a Freelancer and mentoring young female journalists to make impact in the field of journalism.

Haja Mariama Sesay

Director of Finance

Haja Mariama Sesay is a celebrated female media personality whose journalism journey started over 15 years ago learning on the job with a strong passion for news and current affairs.  Her contribution to the growth of women in the media landscape is enormous.

Having started as a reporter at Citizen Radio in 2005, her journalistic passion took her to the hills of Fourah Bay College Mass Communication Department where she secured her Associate Degree in Mass Communication. She is currently a Producer at BBC Media Action in Sierra Leone, where her decade long experience in the institution has been transformative.