The National Executive of Women in the Media (WIMSAL) has paid a day working visit to their counter parts in the eastern region.
The aim of the visit is to interact and thank their membership and also to update them with development at national level which is in the interest of all members. Addressing members at the SLENA office along Maxwell Khobe Street the National President of WIMSAL Doreen Barrie thanked members especially those who came out of Kenema district.
She also appreciates the effort of some of the male SLAJ members led by the Regional vice President Saffa Moriba who attended their meeting. She donated to her members in Kenema district some items which include a digital encoder recorder and accessories and the sum of one hundred thousand Leones for the membership to open a bank account for WIMSAL in the eastern region branch. Formally handing over the items
Doreen Barrie said the donation is a part of the fulfillment of the promises made to her membership in their constituencies during the election period.
Barrie acknowledges the effort of a Sierra Leonean living in Switzerland Shoron Bylenga in helping WIMSAL. Adding that Bylenga had earlier helped WIMSAL with office equipment among them were books, computers and cash as an uplift of their organization.
She disclosed a three years strategic plan for capacity building in order to promote the professional growth of its members across the country. She encouraged her membership in the region to be united and work as one family and implored those living in Kenema district to judiciously use the donated items for its intended purpose as similar gesture will soon be extended to its membership in Kailahun and Kono districts.
She further stated that her organization is committed to work with SLAJ and other media organizations in the country.
Responding the Secretary General of WIMSAL eastern region Herienta Young Kpaka thanked the WIMSAL national executive for the donation. She assured them of their support and the judicious use of the items. She also stated that WIMSAL in the region is currently embarking upon a membership drive.
The Regional vice chairman of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) east Mr. Saffa Moriba described the donation as first of its kind in the region especially for female journalists in Kenema district. He encouraged the national executive to seek the opportunity for their membership particularly in the area of capacity building as most of them are not computer literate.
He asked them to put in their agenda the idea of having a WIMSAL radio station for the nation in the near future. The vote of thanks was done by Bintu Conteh reporter Eastern Radio in Kailahun district.