Rose-Haji Mwalimu

ROSE-HAJI MWALIMU, Community Radio and Women’s Rights Activist and Expert, Tanzania

Women on the Global Community Airwaves

Women on the global community airwaves is a podcast series bringing you stories told by women around the world working to strengthen women’s voices on airwaves within their own community media. The stories are brought to you by me, Birgitte Jallov, who have worked with these issues for a lifetime. The women tell about why it is so important that women get a voice and what it means for the producers, the listeners and the community contributing. Much more here →

Rose-Haji Mwalimu, 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 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 among many other things 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. Come join us!