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Category: Gender [REMOVE]

The Times makes time for young budding scientists

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) commends The Times for their article, “Cogs mesh for girls at science weekend” (12/01/2016, p.6).

Daily Sun shows that girls can play soccer too

A wonderful story by Simphiwe Mngomezulu earns Daily Sun a GLAD.

Children born out of wedlock have rights too

Media Monitoring Africa commends Aarti J Narsee for maintaining the highest standards of ethical conduct, excellence, and sensitivity in her reporting in the story titled “Ruling on fathers brings joy to teen” (Sunday Times, 08/02/2015, p.12). 

Child Protection Week: The Times rises to the occassion

The Times should be commended for reporting extensively on children during Child Protection Week.Through their efforts, The Times provided a channel through which issues affecting children were brought to surface. The coverage provided perspectives on a wide range of issues affecting children, such as child abandonment,child hunger, poverty and poor education.

Positive report on a child, in times of scarcity – courtesy of The New Age.

Recent media reports have not been short of child abuse stories.Significant media attention has been paid to stories that highlight depressing state of affairs concerning children, these include cases of rape, maintenance battles and neglect. It was therefore pleasant to read a GLAD deserving article from The New Age titled “A ball, a glove and a smile” (09/05/2012, p.7) about a 12-year-old winner of women’s golf championship title.

Food security in Niger is a woman’s issue too

Famine and food crises are amongst some of the critical challenges the African continent faces. The New Age article,“Hunger in Niger reaches epidemic proportions” (6/02/2012, p. 16)  recognizes that it is imperative to look at food security in conjunction with the impact it has on the livelihoods of women and children. The article is one to be GLAD about because it steered against the norm of showing images of emaciated children, and instead provided a detailed and contextual analysis of the day-to-day effects that food insecurity has on people, in particular women.

City Press shows that there is life after botched circumcisions

Botched circumcisions are a prevalent and worrisome issue in South Africa. The City Press gets a GLAD for not only highlighting the seriousness of this matter, but also for providing steps that can be taken by the victims to remedy their situation, in so doing offering them hope.

Teenage pregnancy is more than a teenage issue, the M&G reveals

Rates of teenage pregnancy in South Africa are among the highest in the world, yet the reasons for this problem are often misunderstood and riddled with myths and stereotypes about teenage girls. However, the Mail & Guardian, health section (04/10/2011, p1) article ‘Teenage moms learn the hard way’ by Katherine Child points to deep underlying social problems.  The article reveals that teenage pregnancy results from a complex set of varied and interrelated factors, largely associated with the social conditions under which children grow up. The article also unearths and debunks myths surrounding contraceptives and child grants being blamed for high rates of teenage pregnancy in South Africa. For these and other reasons discussed below, the article deserves a Glad1.

Dismal reporting on “back to school”

Sowetan’s “back to school” coverage identified under-age drinkers and girls accused of spending more time “titivating” themselves than studying, earning the newspaper its second MAD of 2011.

Saturday Star’s readers informed about trafficking

The article published by Saturday Star, “2010 spurs human trafficking fear” (03/04/2010 p. 8) is one to be glad about. This article exposed common locations of human trafficking in South Africa and how children will be affected by this crime. It also explained human trafficking and its implications to the reader.

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