Winners of the Laadli Media and Advertising Awards for gender sensitivity (2014-15), for the South and West regions, were announced at an event in Chennai on 3 March 2016. Here is the complete list of the winners of the two legs, from the award's seventh edition.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Vaasanthi is an accomplished and acclaimed writer and journalist who has been writing for more than 50 years on human rights, gender issues and communal harmony. Many of her books in Tamil have been translated into other Indian and European languages and have won many awards. 'Aakaasha Veedugal', 'Sirai', 'Mounappuyal' are some of her popular books. Two of her novels were made into films in Malayalam. UP Sahitya Sansthan Award, Punjab Sahitya Academy Award, Gyaana Bharathi Award for Contribution to Tamil Writing, are just some of the awards she has received.
Vaasanthi has published 60 books including novels, six short story collections, six volumes of journalistic articles and four travelogues in Tamil. Penguin India has published her book on Tamil Nadu politics – 'Cut-outs, Caste and Cine Stars', written in English. Her Tamil novel 'Aakasha Veedugal' has been translated in Hindi, as 'Akaash Ghar', in English as 'A house in the sky' and was translated into Czech by Prof Jaroslav Vacek and published in Prague. The book was also broadcast as a play in Czech, at the Prague Radio Station.
Vaasanthi was the Editor of India Today’s Tamil edition, from January 1993 to July 2001. She is now a freelance writer and journalist and lives in Bengaluru.
SPECIAL AWARD | BOOK | GUJARATI
Pratibha Thakker raises a question about 'gender neutrality' missing in our languages and its grammar. She argues that strong, positive aspirational words are all masculine and the word 'purushaarth' denoting achievement and hard work is used as a masculine aspiration. She titled her book as 'Striarth' to stress the right of a woman to her own accomplishments and strings together a collection of stories by women from different walks of life to give credence to their efforts.
SPECIAL AWARD | BOOK | TELUGU
Joopaka Subhadra, Deputy Secretary, Government of Telangana is a well-known writer who writes especially on Dalit women. Many of her stories are drawn from her own experiences. She is an activist and has established Mattipoolu - A Women Writers' Forum. In her award winning book 'Rayakka Manyam', she writes about the inhuman treatment of women in corporate hospitals and social welfare hostels.
JURY APPRECIATION CERTIFICATE
WEB | JURY APPRECIATION CERTIFICATE | ENGLISH
'…PLAYER BREAKS SILENCE ON MENSTRUATION…' | WWW.SCROLL.IN
In her article 'As UK tennis player breaks silence on menstruation, Indian sportswomen speak out on a taboo subject', Aarefa Johari discusses the problems sportswomen face during menstruation and how this has been often ignored by coaches. It brings to light the changes taking place in women's sports and the action being taken by experienced sportswomen to handle the issue thus making it possible for new entrants to get support during periods.
WEB | JURY APPRECIATION CERTIFICATE | ENGLISH
'…MENSTRUAL WASTE…' | GRIST MEDIA
In her article 'Why are we pretending there isn't a growing mountain of menstrual waste' Nidhi Jamwal brings to attention a problem that has been ignored for a long time. The article provides information on work done by the Government of India towards the disposal and the role of NGOs in educating women and to provide alternatives. It also focuses attention on the issue of multinationals choosing to ignore eco-friendly options.
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'SAVAL MAHILA PATRAKAARON KI SURAKSHA KA' | VIVIDHA FEATURES
In the article 'Savaal mahila patrakaaron ki suraksha ka', Babulal Naga raises the pertinent issue of the safety of women in media. It revolves around the recent suicide attempt by a budding woman journalist of a national TV channel and highlights the discrimination and harassment that women face in media houses. It also highlights the lack of, or inadequate redressal mechanisms for sexual harassment in media houses.
SOUTHERN REGION AWARDEES
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DENNIS SOLOMON JESUDASAN
‘... RAPE MEDIATION ORDER ...’ | THE HINDU
A Madras High Court Judge had issued a controversial order by suggesting mediation between a rape survivor and the convict. The order came under sharp criticism for being patriarchal, and for crossing the boundaries of jurisprudence by issuing khap panchayat like orders. This news report by Jesudasan brought out the voice of the rape survivor, a Dalit woman from a remote village in Tamil Nadu. It also stressed on the importance of gender justice and the need for the judiciary to remain unbiased by patriarchal mindsets.
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MARIANNE SHARLENE DE NAZARETH
‘... SOLAR LAMPS... ’ | GRASSROOTS
In this feature 'How Solar Lamps Brought Home Many Rays of Sunshine' Marianne discusses the impact that solar lamps had in the lives of women in remote villages without electricity in UP, Odisha and others. Thanks to the initiative, Lighting a Billion Lives, women were able to pursue income generating work at home after dark, many turned entrepreneurs and girls were able to pursue higher studies. The article presents a good analysis of the issue and several case studies to highlight the positive impact.
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‘THE CUT AND THE HURT’ | THE WEEK
'The Cut and the Hurt' is a powerful investigative story on female genital mutilation. Genital cutting is still prevalent among Bohra Muslims in India. Khatna is generally performed at the age of six or seven, an age when a girl is “old enough not to forget the pain and young enough not to question it.” Mini’s investigations revealed that cutting is carried out in multispecialty hospitals right in the heart of Mumbai. Doctors performed the procedure illegally even on babies as young as six months.
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'THE INDIAN GIRLS' GUIDE TO SCIENCE' | GRIST MEDIA
Deepika Sarma eloquently tackles the issue of under representation of women in science and technology and presents a well researched analysis of successful women in science across two centuries, the work of an NGO to include Indian women scientist in popular websites like Wikipedia etc., and the absence of women in research projects resulting in skewed results. She also discusses how social conditioning prevents girls from pursuing careers in science & technology.
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'THANDANAI KALAMAAGUM PENNUDAL' | UYIRMMAI
Sugitha writes about the issue of women's bodies being used by patriarchal systems to suppress and dis-empower them. She focuses on social taboos vis a vis menstruation and women ostracised or treated inhumanly during the monthly cycles. She also cites the success that European women's organisations have had in breaking such barriers and reclaiming the woman's equal place in society.
ELECTRONIC | BEST DOCUMENTARY | TAMIL
The documentary highlights the exploitation of women in surrogacy programmes. Very often it is the opportunity to earn a good sum of money that attracts poor women to come forward to offer their 'womb' services. The ruthlessness of the middlemen, the humanity of the surrogate mothers despite being cheated of their money, medical opinion and case studies are weaved together to make for informative viewing.
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'AAA KUTUMBAALU YEMAVUTUNNAYI' | NAVA TELANGANA
Sajaya Kakarla's op-ed –'Aaa kutumbaalu yemavutunnayi (What is going on in those families)' is about a girl called Lakshmi Surampally whose father, a farmer, committed suicide due to agricultural crisis. The op-ed focused on the travails of the family to get the ex-gratia amount due to them. Thanks to the impact created by the op-ed piece, the family received the ex-gratia amount and Lakshmi is now able to continue her studies.
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'UDCHE PANIKI ARHATA LEDANNARU' | EENADU
'Udche Paniki Arhata Ledannaru (They said I am not qualified to be a sweeper also)' is an inspiring story of a young woman who was once rejected a sweeper's post but later became an IAS officer. It highlights the issues of a physically challenged person whose fight for equal opportunities gets more complex because of her gender.
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‘VELAMANDIKI DAARI CHUPAA' | EENADU
This article tells the inspiring life story of Jayamma, who was betrayed by her husband and pushed into prostitution. It traces her struggle to break through the rut, pick up the pieces and start afresh. She started rehabilitating other girls who were forced into the sex trade and eventually started an organization called Chaitanya Mahila Mandali to do this full time. The story encouraged many readers to contact the courageous lady for supporting her or for seeking help.
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PRASANNA RAO KADAMANDLA
498 A AAYUDHAM AVUTUNDAA? | ETV
'498 A Aayudham Avutundaa (Is 498 A becoming a weapon?)' debates the issue of increasing reaction against and fear that 498A is being misused by women to harass families and men. It convincingly argues that the fears are exaggerated and that the percentage of dowry cases filed to actual incidence continues to be low with convictions remaining at a mere 10%. The importance of the law to protect women from dowry harassment is reiterated dispelling the myth that women are misusing the act.
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'AADA SISHUVU INTHA ALUSA?' | TV 9
Bhanu Kiran's news feature in TV9 highlights an extreme form of girl child discrimination among tribals in Telengana. Couples of the Lambada community face social pressure to give birth to a boy and turn callous and indifferent towards girl babies, often selling them off at a price. The nexus between the local touts and traffickers is also exposed while underscoring the poverty and vulnerability of the tribal community where often families are forced to sell girl children to survive.
ELECTRONIC | BEST TOPICAL ISSUE BASED PROGRAMME | TELUGU
'AKSHARADHAAMAM HATNURA MANDALAM' | VANITHA TV
Kistaiah showcases Hatnura Mandala as a replicable model mandal for achieving 100% literacy. He presents the different initiatives undertaken by the people, government officials and an NGO to achieve this success by ensuring every girl child goes to school.
ELECTRONIC | BEST DOCUMENTARY | TELUGU
'SAARAA PAI SANGRAMAM' | VANITHA TV
Kistaiah's documentary, 'Saraa pai Sangramam', is a story of a village that broke through the menace of illicit liquor. The village women got together and shut down the liquor shops. Encouraged by this, the rest of the villagers joined in and pledged never again to allow liquor to ruin their lives.
ELECTRONIC | BEST INVESTIGATIVE STORY | TELUGU
KRANTHI KUMAR GARIDEPALLI
'ROWDY CHERALO GIRIJANA MLA' | ABN ANDHRA JYOTHY
Kranthi's expose` highlights how a woman MLA is made into a pawn by a local goon who totally sidelined her and usurped all the powers vested in her along with the perks and privileges like police security. Through a sting operation Kranthi gets the goon to admit his illegal acts thus exposing his misuse of his muscle power. The expose` led to the woman claiming her rightful position and action initiated against the goon.
ELECTRONIC | BEST FEATURE | TELUGU
'EAST GODAVARI POWER PROJECT' | 10TV
This is a wonderful and inspiring story related to tribal women. In a male dominated society where even educated women face suppression, these tribal women proved their capability by taking the responsibility of a power project in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. The Government initially trained the women but has withdrawn its support subsequently. Despite the poor financial situation the women continue to struggle to keep the project going.
WEB | BEST BLOG | TELUGU
'VIVAKSHAKU MUGIMPU PALAKAALI' | WWW.VIKASADHATRI.ORG
Vivakshaku Mugimpu Palakaali 'is a well researched blog that highlights how the productive labour of women is undervalued. Women work equally hard in farms and in fact provide crucial services yet they do not have the rights of the farmer nor do they get equal wages. Aruna also presents data from FAO reports that show how a farm's yield can increase 20-30% by utilizing woman labour fully by giving her equal rights and wages.
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‘NEEDHI THEDUNNA NILAVILIGAL' | MATHRUBHUMI
Suchitra Priyadarshini writes about the problems arising from inordinate court delays in cases of sexual assault against women and children. She talks about the large number of rape cases pending in different courts with the survivors waiting indefinitely and the perpetrators going scot free. Extended trials and insensitive trial procedures further traumatize them and deter women and families from approaching the police to register cases of sexual harassment.
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'KOODOZHIYUNNA AMMAKKILIKAL' | DESHABHIMANI
Samban writes about the tragic suicide of a rural anganwadi worker near Wandoor in Malappuram district. He highlights the situation of the anganwadi workers who are given temporary employment with low remuneration. Despite very little support or encouragement they go out of their way to provide services to the children. However, they do not receive the respect that they deserve from the government officials and are undervalued and exploited.
WESTERN REGION AWARDEES
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'MIRROR AGAINST RAPE'
The series of articles published by the Ahmedabad Mirror under the title 'Mirror against Rape' reports incidents of rape in the city. It follows through with actions taken to catch the perpetrator and the support given to the woman, thus bringing attention to the number of cases in the city and the response of the police, legal and health systems to incidents of rape.
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'WOMEN FOR PEACE'
Often women in conflict areas are portrayed in media as survivors of violence. However, they are sometimes perpetrators of violence themselves, and they also play a major role as peacekeepers too. Femina's campaign on 'Women for Peace' features outstanding women and their contribution to bringing peace in areas of conflict such as Nagaland, Sri Lanka, Kashmir etc. Each woman featured has undertaken unusual paths to achieve her goal – from photography to the armed forces to dispelling myths about Islam.
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'…SEXUAL ABUSE OF BOYS...' | AHMEDABAD MIRROR
Through her news report, 'Here's why sexual abuse or boys does not make headlines', Rupsa Chakraborty argues that men and boys are as much vulnerable to sexual abuse as women and girls. However, sexual violence faced by boys and men is hardly reported due to social stigma and elicits very little police action and legal support due to existing laws which criminalize homosexuality. Through RTI and personal investigation, Rupsa has documented the conspiracy of silence that surrounds the abuse of men and boys.
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'RAPE IS GENDERLESS' | DNA
In her article 'Rape is Genderless' Roshni Nair questions the rape culture and argues that although women form the majority of sexual abuse survivors, it is time we acknowledge other forms of sexual violence such as men abused by men, women by women, transgender people by others from their own community. Besides, survivors of non-hetero abuse are conditioned to think that their abuse doesn't warrant enquiry or justice. This inadvertently plays into Section 377, which claims that oral and anal sex is 'abnormal', unnatural and criminal.
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New Woman features a series of articles on daredevils and brave-hearts who have overcome tough challenges to emerge winners in their own right. These are stories of women who have raised their voices for a social cause and made a difference to their communities. Be it the story of a paraplegic who eventually led India's largest organisation for the differently-abled or India's first trained woman wildlife guide, they inspire women to take the road less traveled and be a winner.
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Jaipur Women Blog (JWB) conducted a campaign to create breast cancer awareness and featured a series of blogs called 'Free Taboobs' to highlight this issue and also remove the shyness associated with the topic. The blogs capture a range of topics including a doctor's interview, finance available for those who cannot afford the treatment, the role of men as supporters and the motivation to continue treatment.
WEB | BEST FEATURE | ENGLISH
‘… WANT TO GET AN ABORTION IN MAHARASHTRA… '| WWW.IN.NEWS.YAHOO.COM
In the feature 'If you're in your second trimester and want to get an abortion in Maharashtra, good luck', Menaka Rao discusses the restrictions imposed on abortion services due to increased pressure on the government to stop sex selective abortions. The problems faced due to restrictions placed on abortion pills, by couples seeking it in the second trimester are highlighted in the feature.
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TATA INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
Dreaming Free is a series of three short films developed by the students and professors of the School of Media and Cultural Studies of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. It examines notions of women's safety, stigmatization of transgender persons and street violence in the city. The films provoke the viewers to introspect and understand their own prejudices and perceptions of gender-based violence.
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'MAHILAO NI AAGVI OLAKH VISHE'
Gujarat Guardian covers has carried a series of features on issues related to workplace gender discrimination. The series of features discuss examples from different industries such as Hollywood, ISRO, the army etc., where women have broken barriers but still have to deal with lower pay or lower level responsibilities or other forms of discrimination.
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‘VYANGBAAN NI MAARI : NAARI’ | ABHIYAAN
Himmat Kataria in his feature 'Vyangbaan Ni Maari : Naari' deals with a very interesting subject, the projection of women in comedy, satire and humour. He presents the opinions of sociologists, professors, authors and others and draws the conclusion that comedy, humor and satire are used by society to reinforce stereotypes and maintain gender power equations by undermining the intelligence and capabilities of women.
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'LAW FOR WOMEN' | NAV GUJARAT SAMAY
Marisha Shah's column 'Law for women' focuses on various laws that women can access to their advantage. Her column presents useful information to the readers on various laws such as the rights of pregnant working women, Pre-conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) act, property rights for women in live-in relationships, Child Marriage Act, etc
ELECTRONIC (RADIO) | BEST ISSUE BASED PROGRAMME | GUJARATI
‘HU PAN NIRBHAYA' | RED FM
Radio Jockey Devaki started a successful radio campaign to encourage women to speak out about their experiences of molestation to break the shame and silence surrounding the issue. The campaign created a diary where well-known women were invited to share their experiences in public for the first time. This encouraged a lot of women and men to come out into the open and confront the fact that often molesters belong to their own social circles.
WEB | BEST NEWS STORY | HINDI
‘ISS BALIKA VADHU NE TOD DI SHAADI' | WWW.BBC.COM/HINDI
Abha Sharma's report, 'Iss balika vadhu ne tod di shaadi' is a postive and inspirational story of a young girl Laxmi from Jodhpur, who became the first woman to legally annul her child marriage. This is now a case study and included in Class XI CBSE syllabus in Human Rights and Gender Studies subject. The story follows through Laxmi's decision, the support given by Saarthi Trust, an NGO, and her current status as a happliy married person.
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'NOT FIT FOR MARRIAGE' | NEWS TODAY
Teena Bairagi's news report 'Not fit for marriage' brought to light the shocking news of girls in Mahila Sadan, Jaipur who were declared 'not fit for marriage' as they failed a fertility test. Bairagi's follow up report talks about how these girls decided to empower themselves with professional skills instead of becoming a victim of the system.
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‘BADLAAV KI BAYAAR' | RAJASTHAN PATRIKA
Varun Bhatt's inspirational column 'Badlaav ki bayaar' focuses on life stories of women who have created a place for themselves in diverse fields like education, art, media, judicial services and modeling. They are also actively involved in their communities training others to stand on their own. The column strongly conveys the message that any skill acquired in life can come in handy in becoming independent and strong.
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'AACHAAR SE CHALA VICHAAR' | DAILY NEWS
Suman Kachhawa's feature 'Aachaar se chala vichaar' questions social taboos on menstruation, the long list of 'do's and 'don'ts', the isolation and shame, the rampant misconceptions and the discrimination that women face while going through a universal biological process. The feature is supported with real life experiences of women and suggestions by medical experts.
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'LAADI NE LOOTA …' | RAJASTHAN PATRIKA
In the article 'Laadi ne loota to kahin laadi looti' Adrish Khan follows through with a story of girls being purchased in different states to be sold in the marriage market. The story highlights the stark consequences and dangers the women face because their families are in the dark about their whereabouts. Khan presents an analysis of the issue and showcases the work of the police forces to grab the culprits.
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SEEMA SAVANT YADAV
'UMBARTHYA BAHER' | LOKMAT
In the feature 'Umbarthya baher', Seema Yadav discusses the humiliation and the undermining of women's capabilities in work places and offices and presents the case of a woman who turned a difficult situation into a positive one by handling the prejudice and bias in a mature and open fashion.
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'ACID ATTACKS…' | MERI SAHELI
In this article 'Acid attacks kab aur kaise rukengi' Geeta Sharma highlights the issue of acid attacks on women against a background of gendered social and cultural perceptions and mindsets that justify discrimination and violence against women. Portraying the success of one woman who picked up the pieces of her life and has become a voice of acid attack survivors Geeta highlights the need to fight against the heinous crime.
ELECTRONIC | BEST CAMPAIGN | HINDI
Video Volunteers launched a campaign to monitor the implementation of maternal health schemes in India through the tool of community-produced videos. Although the government has put in place schemes to ensure that every woman has access to healthcare during and after pregnancy, ground reports produced by Video Volunteers reveal the total failure of the State to ensure safe, hygienic and timely institutional deliveries.
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'BHARARI' | PRABHAT
In the column 'Bharari', Namita covers a number of topics of local and international significance such as Angela Merkel's leadership, an Indian Squash players' fight for equality in Award amounts, success stories of women leaders such as the DRDO Chief and many others. The writing is lucid with Namita taking a progressive stand on the issues thus provoking the readers to look at issues from different perspectives.
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'NETHYAVAR GUNHA' | DIVYA MARATHI
The investigative report 'Nethyavar Gunha' focuses on the sexual harassment of a woman by a powerful political leader belonging to the ruling party in Maharashtra. The courageous and consistent reporting by Ravi resulted in a case being filed against the leader and his ouster from the party. The investigative reporting reflects the courage of the reporter and the support that he received from his publication.
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PRAGATI JADHAV PATIL
'ON THE SPOT' | LOKMAT
The series of reports by Pragati Jadhav Patil highlight the plight of girls who regularly encountered a sexual predator on their way to school through the sugar cane fields but where the families and community have not come forward to file a complaint. Pragati worked with the community to build its confidence to demand safe transport for its girls while consistently reporting on the issue. The story had a positive outcome with the State Transport Department starting a bus service to the village.
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MADHURIMA - DIVYA MARATHI
'SRIJAN KALANCHA SAKSHIDAR'
The special issue of Madhurima focuses on a phenomenon which has not been covered in Marathi media - the presence of men in labour rooms. The issue has three different articles covering the theme from several angles, such as fathers needing prior preparation to be present in the labour room, sharing fathers' experiences of the delivery process and making a case for this becoming the norm rather than an exception.
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JITENDRA PALIWAL, ARUN VERMA & LAKSHMAN SINGH RATHORE
'MARYAADA PER AAGHAAT' | RAJASTHAN PATRIKA
The campaign 'Maryaada per aaghaat' is about a barbaric incident in a village where a woman was stripped and taken around the village naked as she was suspected of murder. The news and follow ups published under the campaign highlighted the laid back attitude of the police and the local administration. As a result, several organisations and women's groups joined hands and appropriate action was taken against the culprits.