Sarojini Naidu Prize Turns Ten
Speaking on the occasion of the Sarojini Naidu Prize ceremony at the UN Convention Plaza, Sriparna G Chaudhuri, Director, THP India, said that 2010 was not only the tenth year of building women’s leadership in local democracy in India, but also of SNP.
“THP’s campaign in India is to empower the elected women representatives (EWRs) in Panchayats, to build and strengthen their leadership so that they become effective leaders in their communities, know their rights, and access the entitlements so that they are able to end hunger and injustice in their villages and communities.
SNP is given for best reporting on women in Panchayati Raj to encourage the journalists to promote the success stories of the EWRs and the incredible work they are doing in remote corners of the country.
“Women in Panchayats are no longer unsure of themselves. Today they are enthusiastic, informed, knowledgeable and educated political leaders, keen to bring development to the panchayats. Today they are laying down the foundation of clean inclusive democratic and violence free institutions of local governance of India,” said Sriparna.
In this journey, the journalists have certainly partnered with the elected women by breaking myths, providing information and supporting them during the elections. Most importantly, they have helped to change the cynical mindset of the civil society in India and turn it positively towards women’s leadership in our country.
Sriparna also recalled that in its first year of existence, SNP received 166 articles and in ten years the number has grown to over 2000. The prize has grown in stature and prestige; it has also grown in the way the journalists have written about the issues EWRs face every day in their communities and constituencies. The articles now talk about women’s rights, women’s leadership and women’s political participation.
“In this tenth year of the partnership with EWRs and print media of India, 3 women journalists have won the prize. We hope there will be many other crusaders who will take time out from their busy schedule to chronicle, write and unearth the stories of these elected women, who are the actual women of substance,” she said.