by Empowerhouse / Birgitte Jallov

16 women working with community radio to strengthen the voices and lives of women in their area

Rose-Haji Mwalimu, Community Radio Specialist, Tanzania

Rose is a women’s rights and press freedom activist, a community radio advocate, trainer and supporter and a voice for women’s equal access to the airwaves. She has been active in these fields for a lifetime. Known, recognized and loved in every one of the 35 community radio stations in Tanzania, she has trained and mentored, she is simply known as ‘Mama Rose’ – a name she is proud of, and which is being used far beyond the radio stations and Tanzania’s borders.

Rose has been active since her early 20s – more than 30 years ago – with the creation of TAMWA – the Tanzania Media Women’s Association, later the creation of the Tanzania chapter of the International Association of Women in Radio and TV, IAWRT, while she has been directing press freedom work in Tanzania and grown into becoming a midwife and trainer of the Tanzania community media.

Rose has played an active part in the mushrooming community media landscape growing from 2 to the present 35 stations from her seat as national director of the Media Institute of Southern Africa, Tanzania, her communication work in UN Women and later UNESCO. Now an independent consultant, Rose continues to support all that can advance people’s lives, culture and positive development – and community media are an important aspect of all of this.

Read more here: https://empowerhouse.dk/rose-haji-mwalimu/


EMPOWERHOUSE lanuches its contribution to the 16-day campaign by sharing 16 women’s community radio stories: unfolding how each broadcaster has been seeing positive change for women and girls – working intensely to eliminate violence against women and girls.