NGO Population First, working on health and population issues, presented “Laadli media awards for gender sensitivity 2010-11 (Northern Region)” to media persons who have significantly contributed on the subject in Delhi.
The awards have been instituted to promote gender sensitivity in the media and encourage media persons to write their views and opinions on issues like the girl child, women and related issues. The effort has been supported by UNFPA and Sopan-Step is a collaborating agency on the issue.
S.V. Sista, Excutive trustee of Population First said that objective of award is to felicitate, acknowledge, recognize and encourage media, journalist and professional to keep working on gender issues and to draw the attention of the public to their positive efforts. It also acts as platform for socially responsible media. A.L.Sharda, Programme Director of population First, talked about women empowerment and how an article in media changes mindset.
Nobuko Horibe, Director UNFPA- Asia pacific and noted activist on gender issues Ranjana Kumari also spoke on the occasion. Chief guest Kiran Bedi, who is also a Magsaysay awardee, highlighted the contemporary concerns on gender issues.
In Hindi print media, awards were given to Mirnal Vallari (Jansatta), Bhoomika Kalam and Rajendra Gaharwar (People’s Samachar Bhopal), Swati Sharma (Nai Dunia), Neeta Sisodia (Dainik Bhaskar) and Rafi Mohammad Shaikh (DB star) In English print media awards were given to Himanshi Dhawan (The Times of India), Teena Thackar (Indian express) Sukhabir Siwach (Freelance), Jasneet Bindra (Indian Express) Tripti Nath (Women’s Feature Service), Aastha , Kunal Majumdar and Shantanu Guha Ray (Tehelka).
Other awards were given to Shagufta Wani (Chattan) for Urdu and Sandeep Kaur Bhullar (Rozana) for Punjabi. For Radio services in Hindi 94.3 my FM bagged the award along with Mansi Oberoi (Big FM) and Aditi Roy (All India Radio). Awards were also given for television and web journalism.