Fondly called Commy, Comfort Mussa is an advocate for women and disability rights, a prolific multi-award-winning journalist with a keen eye for stories that expose social injustice.
Amplifying the voices of women and minority groups through her Sisterspeak237 platform, Commy has been able to give them the voice to tell underreported stories, facilitate debates and discussions on issues affecting women in Cameroon to break the silence on taboo subjects and most importantly, contribute to sustainable development.
Through the platform, she has been able to organise a number of impactful events including the hostile Environment reporting workshop for female journalists and an Annual National StoryTelling Competition since 2015.
In August 2019, Sisterspeak237, was paid a visit by the Country Manager of the British Council, Mme Carole Ndifor and Communications Manager of the British High Commission, Mme Mireille Djob who took turns to encourage its Access to Work project participants
Her driving force, Commy tells MMI is the joy derived from being a solutions provider.
“A lot of the problems in our communities come from ignorance. As a journalist, I strive to provide my audience with well researched, accurate and fair information that can enable them make informed choices” she says.
For a decade, Comfort has been doing just that, working as a reporter, facilitator and strategist on diverse women’s rights, social justice and health issues. Her works have featured prominently on international and local platforms like Radio France International, Global Press Institute, the Media Project among others. As a consultant, she has also produced communication packages for several NGOs including ACMS and HEIFER International.
Commy’s ACCESS 2019 made waves by staging the first ever fashion show for women with disabilities to promote acceptance and removal of barriers that the disabled face in Cameroon. The fashion show gave greater visibility to the women and amplified their voices beyond Cameroon followed by a training workshop. Through this, 25 disadvantaged women were supported to improve on their livelihoods through capacity building in the forms of trainings and workshops in communication and marketing.
“It is how I give back to my community and engage with others to meet the needs of others in our communities” she said, explaining why she keeps engaging in this sort of humanitarian and community service.
“I want to leave behind a world where no one is discriminated against based on their gender or disability. I want to be remembered as someone who truly made a difference” she adds.
Comfort serves as CBM Field Communications Coordinator for West/Central Africa, based at the CBM Country Office in Cameroon. An international development organization, CBM is committed to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world. CBM addresses poverty as both a cause and a consequence of disability and works in partnership to create an inclusive society for all.
Serving as a role model for millions of ladies and young girls nationwide and beyond, Commy sets the pace for them all.
“You are beautiful and you have all it takes to be the best. Discover your purpose, have a vision, and live a purpose driven life” she regularly tells her peers
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