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Twelve Southern African "women to watch" who are improving media freedom


Today, on the eve of International Women's Day, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) announced the first annual MISA's Women to Watch.

MISA is honoring 12 dynamic­­ and inspirational southern African women who embody both the official United Nations theme for International Women's Day 2014 - Equality for women is progress for all – as well as the theme designated by non-governmental organisations around the world – Inspiring Change.

MISA Regional Director, Ms Zoe Titus said, “We chose women who we see as rising stars in the region, women whose achievements to date are a promise of more great work to come, making them women to watch.”

“From a beauty queen-turned-UN communications specialist; to an art photographer challenging mainstream ideals of beauty; to a human rights lawyer fighting for freedom of expression, the twelve women profiled in this publication are all contributing, in their own unique and creative ways, to making southern Africa a more conducive environment for media freedom and improving the ability of all people – including the vulnerable and marginalised in our communities – to access their right to freedom of expression” said Ms. Titus.

You can download MISA's Women to Watch in 2014 as an electronic magazine in two parts:

MISA's Women to Watch in 2014 part one

MISA's Women to Watch in 2014 part two

MISA's Women to Watch in 2014:

Alisa Amupolo, a technology entrepreneur from Namibia;
Ana Margoso, a newspaper journalist from Angola;
Chikondi Mphande, a radio journalist from Malawi;
Emma Theofelus, a high school student from Namibia who is the Junior Mayor of the City of Windhoek;
Hoyce Temu, a communications specialist and former Miss Tanzania;
Jean Chalungama, a radio journalist from Malawi and one of the only female sports journalists in the country;
Mboni Masimba, a talk show host from Tanzania;
Mwiza Zulu, a teenage radio and television presenter in Zambia;
Nellie Kanyemba, a journalist from Malawi;
Nontobeko Tshabala, a newspaper journalist from Swaziland;
Nyasha Chingore-Munazvo, a human rights lawyer from South Africa; and
Solange Dos Santos, a photographer from Mozambique.

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