The Sarojini Naidu Prize instituted by The Hunger Project India was first awarded in 2001 to mark the beginning of a partnership with the print media. Given annually ‘For Best Reporting on Women and Panchayati Raj’, it was launched to promote and encourage sustained reporting in the media on the issue of women’s political participation in Panchayats and foster a positive environment that supports their leadership.
Women in our villages are asserting themselves, surely and steadily, in the political decision-making processes of their villages. Disproving the scepticism that the elected women in Panchayats would be proxies, the success stories that have arisen from the grassroots are impressive. Media reports and independent studies show that most elected women leaders actively engage in learning the ropes and practicing good governance. They are transforming local governance by sensitising the State on issues that had previously gone unattended like water, alcohol abuse, education, health, domestic violence, malnutrition, gender and social injustices
What is needed today is a voice for this ‘silent revolution’, a way to bring stories of their struggles and successes into the homes and minds of civil society groups, the urban elites and professionals, the academia and policymakers. It is time for the media to make an objective assessment of the contribution this new generation of women leaders have made to their villages.
Elected women leaders still need the support of the media to tell their journey of struggle and success, defeats and victories. It is only with the help of the media that they can advocate for policy changes, better social and political environment, and leave behind a legacy that will be emulated by the youth of the next decade and transform India in the years to come.
The Hunger Project is committed to supporting and encouraging the press to prominently report the success stories of these women leaders.
Cash Prize: Rupees Two Lakhs for each category
The prize honours three journalists from the print media for outstanding reportage on Women and Panchayati Raj in Hindi, English and Other Indian Language categories.
The articles should reach The Hunger Project office in Delhi or any of our State offices latest by 15 June 2013. Entries received after this date will not be considered.
- All articles must be on the subject of Women and Panchayati Raj. Articles on only women or only Panchayati Raj shall not be considered
- The Prize is not based on any specific theme and is open to all positive reporting on women and Panchayati Raj.
- The Prize is open to all print journalists. Journalists writing in regional languages are encouraged to apply.
- The Prize is not open to employees of The Hunger Project and its partner organizations.
- All entries have to be published in a newspaper or a magazine between 16 June 2012 and 15 June 2013 (both dates inclusive).
- All entries have to be accompanied with the copy of the published articles, short biography, address, email and phone numbers of the applicant.
- All entries have to be accompanied with a declaration stating that the entry articles are original and have not been plagiarized.
- There is no word limit
- There is no limit to the number of articles that can be sent as entries as long as they meet the above criteria
An eminent panel of jury from academia, government and media will select the prize winner in each of the three categories.
Click here for the flyer in English SN-Prize-Flyer-English
and here in Hindi Hindi-SN-Prize-Flyer
All entries can be mailed to any of the following addresses or emailed to
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