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was set up in 2001 by Worldwoman - a Scottish based charity that trains and publishes women journalists from developing countries. Worldwoman is backed by the British Council, Department for International Development, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and the Six Continents Leisure Group.

Africawoman connects 80 female journalists from Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Nigeria. who meet in a monthly virtual newsroom (VNR). Their monthly newspapers are the products of pioneering virtual meetings across the African continent and across the Equator!

The VNR is an intranet that allows all the women involved to gather in intranet cafes across Africa and connect up with one another and founder, the BBC journalist Lesley Riddoch in Scotland. Africawoman is setup as an NGO and has an African editor, Lucy Oriang of the Nation newspaper, and co-ordinator, Florence Machio both based in Nairobi.

Africawoman's aim is to encourage African women to develop a new voice in journalism - to develop their personal confidence as opinion formers - to make sure women hit the headlines on issues side-lined by politicians and to learn skills to develop supplements for African newspapers, create a wires and news service for African community radio stations, present documentaries for UK TV and radio, and ultimately move as trainers to other parts of the world to help start the virtual newsroom process all over again!

It's ambitious - and Africawoman needs help to raise more cash to develop the project. So read on and if you can help raise funds contact Lesley Riddoch at lesley.riddoch@bbc.co.uk or Florence Machio at Africawoman@swiftkenya.com - and email Lucy Oriang at loriang@nation.co.ke with story ideas

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