Mona Hakimi

We are officially in the Decade of African Women. The launch last week in Nairobi, adopted by the African Union (AU), is an apt moment to consider the realities of African girls who will become women between 2010 and 2020. The Fourth Gender and Media Summit organised by Gender Links was also held last week and provided a much-needed space to explore issues of youth and gender in Southern Africa. What are young girls’ thoughts and feelings on gender and the media? Pretty Skihonde, Mpumi Msibi, more


A teenage girl tries to abort and then begins bleeding at school. Her name and details get published in the media. Mona Hakimi calls for newsrooms to tell stories in a more compassionate way.