Dr. Rose Reuben, Mwamini Kosuri, Chelu Matuzya, Tuma Dandi, Zahara Tunda and Gloria Michael from the Tanzania Media Women’s Association discuss case studies of how journalists engage in media advocacy to promote the rights for people with disabilities.
Workshop held at the YDAR Festival 2023, Day 2
Dr. Rose Reuben is currently, the Executive Director of the Tanzania Media Women’s Association (TAMWA), a membership, not-for-profit organization. She is a Gender, Development and Communications specialist who has previously worked as an independent consultant focusing on mentoring journalists on investigative journalism or public interest stories related to women and children rights. She has worked with Hivos in the pilot project of the Tanzania Media Fund (TMF) as a senior program officer in charge of the Institution grants, and the Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) as the principal journalist, news editor, news reporter, programs producer and broadcaster.
Chelu Matuzya is a senior radio journalist with Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, majoring in Broadcasting from Tumaini University. She is a podcast trainer, Executive Director for Women Writers Forum (WRIFOM) and Tanzania Coach for WAN-IFRA in its Women Leadership Accelelator Programme. She was WAN-IFRA`s mentor for its future leaders initiative. Chelu has had a stint of 10 years’ experience in journalism and has worked for renowned newspapers such as Business Times and Majira during November 2008 to July 2010. She is the Deputy Secretary of Tanzania Media Freedom Committee. She also makes use of her journalism career to promote and defend freedom of expression and access to information in Tanzania. Her main interests include; health, gender and agriculture, investigative journalism and disaster management. She has won several media awards including Excellence in Journalism Award Tanzania (EJAT), 2016 edition in the agriculture category. From June to December 2011 had an internship at Radio Deutche Welle, Germany on an exchange program. In January 2020, Chelu participated in the Disaster Risk Reduction Network of African Journalist (DIRAJ) Management training which was organized by UNDRR and DIRAJ. She is a member of Disaster Risk Reduction Network of African Journalist (DIRAJ). Has also participated in Road Safety Journalism Training Fellowship program organized by World Health Organization and Bloomberg in 2019. She is a grant winner and alumni for International Women Media Foundation (IWMF on cross border reporting and women grant. She has also won fellowships and grants from Tanzania Media Foundation (TMF) on development issues. Chelu is Women Women in News alumni and a member of and a member of Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA).
Tuma Dandi has been using a wheelchair in all life aspects for 18 years now. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Mass communication, Diploma in Secretariat Work, and a Certificate in Journalism. He is employed by the University of Dar es salaam as a journalist and radio programs planner. He is also a programs coordinator and presenter at Mlimani Radio, where he produces programs about people with disabilities. He was awarded the price for Best Journalist in Reporting Health Issues and for Competent News Reporting by the Media Council of Tanzania.
Zahara Tunda is a freelancer and data journalist based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She worked as Code for Africa’s academy trainer and coordinator of Wanadata and Hacks Hackers communities in Tanzania. She previously worked as an Innovation and Social Affairs writer at Nukta Africa, a digital news outlet in Tanzania. She won the African Union Free Trade Sustainability award 2019. She is a WHO Bloomberg Road Safety fellow of 2017. She also participate in exchange programe which involve young people from Germany and Tanzania for preparation on documentary film about SDG Goal number 9. Also she works closerly with deaf people in Tanzania. She is passionate in championing Sustainable Development Goals, gender issues and technology through media.