About us

Women in the media Sierra Leone WIMSAL is an association formed in November 2007 by a group of energetic young female journalists from both the print and electronic media to promote the interest of  female journalists, female communication practitioners and  women in all spheres of life in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

WIMSAL advocates for better conditions of service for female journalists and campaign for the rights of all women.

The organization also forms an important support network for female journalists, which is helpful to those who are new to the profession and those based rurally who can often feel isolated.

WIMSAL offers its members training and encouragement, in an industry where few opportunities for mentoring and training exist, and even fewer for women. As a group, WIMSAL has led strong campaigned with media leaders and government, raising issues that male journalists have often not even recognized.

One such issue is the perception that female journalists can only work on women’s issues, and not cover harder news, as they do in other countries. WIMSAL is campaigning to change this mind set and free up female journalists to perform equally with men.

WIMSAL has successfully funded itself from a range of sources, including Cordaid the largest INGO in the Netherlands.

Ever aware of the need to maintain a diverse funding mix, the organization has created it strategic plan to enable it to more easily and quickly compile to funding proposals and to respond to donor interest in aspects of its work, while at the same time remaining true to its strategic objectives.

WIMSAL is registered with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs and is affiliated to the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ).

The organization has a rapidly growing membership. It is now the most prominent women’s media network in Sierra Leone, being recognized as the organization representing female journalists.The organization has 200 members across the country.

In addition to its national structure, WIMSAL has Regional Chairpersons based in three locations: Northern Region (based in Makeni); Southern Region (based in Bo); and Eastern Region (based in Kenema), with Regional Focal Persons based in the extreme towns of Kailahun and Kono.

The current seven man executive is poised to embrace any opportunity that will enhance the capacity of its membership, in line with required deliverables.

 

IMG_4288PRESIDENT: Asmaa Angela James is an award winning female radio broadcaster with over 14 years of broadcast experience in post conflict Sierra Leone. Her passion and interests include upholding and promoting independent media platforms, creating safe spaces for diverse voices, positions and interests, with the aim of promoting an active citizenry, whilst strengthening democratic governance. She is currently Station Manager of Radio Democracy an independent and civil society owned radio station that promote the ideals of open and transparent governance and contributing to universal access to information in Sierra Leone. She is also an anchor and producer of one Sierra Leone’s premier radio shows – “Good Morning Sierra Leone” creating opportunities for diverse panelist, guests and citizens to discuss current affairs and issues ranging from human rights, security and Justice, public finance management, natural resource management and, governance in the quest to strengthen democratic and good governance. She previously served as Vice President of the Sierra Leone Reporters Union. 

 

 

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Vice President: Princess Gibson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Secretary General: Fatima Sesay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ass Secretary General: Elizabeth  Blango

 

 

Public Relations Officer: Stella Williams

 

 

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Organising Secretary: Femi Coker

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Financial Secretary: Kuria Mansaray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Region Executive

Chairperson: Juliana Coker                              Vice Chairperson:  Isatu I.B.S. Kamara

Secretary General: Henreitta Mansaray            Asst. Secretary General: Esther Pearce

Public Relations Officer: Mariama M Kamara    Organising Secretary: Fatmata Simbay

Financial Secretary: Helen Kamara

 

 


Southern Region Executive


Chairperson: Esther Kargbo                                         Vice Chairperson: Isata Jalloh Sheriff

Secretary General: Kaday Turay                                   Asst. Secretary General: Francess Kadie Lassayo

Public Relations Officer: Jannie Kamara                      Organising Secretary:  Fatmata Grace Okekearu

Asst. Org. Secretary: Fanta Fofana                               Financial Secretary: Sukainatu Walters

 

 

 

Eastern Region

Executive Chairperson:   Elizabeth Jamie Bockarie       Vice Chairperson: Hawa Georgette Tucker

Secretary General: Victoria Bernard           Asst. Secretary General: Anthonette Mallo

Organising Secretary: Shallie Bangura