‘If I don’t, who will?’: An interview with girls’ and women’s rights journalist Comfort Mussa

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I recently had the amazing opportunity to interview Comfort Mussa, a radio host, blogger and multi-award winning journalist from Cameroon who focuses on stories that expose social injustice for girls and women. She has written about the risk of sexual harassment for mentally disabled women in Cameroon and the ripple effect of anti-child labor laws on middle class women. Comfort was even recently honored by Women Deliver, selected as one of the journalists for their “15 Journalists. 15 Voices for Girls and Women” list.

As a Teen Advisor, I was really excited to have this chance to connect my role with Girl Up with Comfort’s work on equality for women.

The oldest of four siblings, Comfort’s childhood is full of fond memories. She grew up in a large household with her parents, two sisters, younger brother, cousins, and other relatives. Her parents would often tell stories and engage Comfort and her siblings in singing exercises. But her favorite thing growing up was to write short stories.

This passion led her to where she is today.

Comfort loves to tell stories. In my interview with her, she stated: “There are stories all around us; stories that will change lives. These stories need to be told with accuracy and fairness. As a journalist I tell these stories and it enables readers to understand the world better and make informed choices. I can’t help it; I just love being a journalist.”

Comfort decided to become a writer because she wanted to spread a message to everyone: To help unify our world. In her work, she focuses on women and their rights. While it seems like things are moving in a positive direction, girls and women in Cameroon continue to face inequality and injustice. Comfort believes that as woman herself, it is her job to focus on gender equality, educate others about the issues that girls and women are facing, and come up with a process of creating solutions to these issues.

I focus on women and their rights because first of all, I am a woman. If I don’t, who will?” Comfort said.

Like Comfort, it is our actions that define who we are. And it is through our actions that we can help girls and women throughout the world live in a world without discrimination and inequality.

When I asked her what her one piece of advice would be for girls around the world, her answer was simple but powerful: “Discover [your] purpose, have a vision, and live a purpose driven life.”

Learn more about Comfort and her important work as a journalist by following her on Twitter.