New Delhi, May 15:Mumbai-based NGO Population First announced the 12 national winners of UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund)-Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity 2007, at the FICCI auditorium here today. The awards were announced in the presence of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, the chief guest on the occasion. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) goodwill ambassador Lara Dutta was the special guest.Present also at the event were Population First’s executive trustee S.V. Sista and programme director Dr A.L. Sharada, Laadli’s spokesperson Suneeta Rao and country representative, UNFPA, Nesim Tumkaya.
While Aditi Tandon, principal correspondent of The Tribune, won the UNFPA-Laadli National Media Award 2007 for best gender-sensitive reporting, national awardees in other categories included filmmaker Shimit Amin for his blockbuster “Chak De”; Ruksh Chatterjee from CNN-IBN, Mumbai; Naveena from TV9, Hyderabad; Aditi Bhaduri; Kondaveeti Satyavati from Bhumika, Hyderabad; Annu Anand from Press Institute of India; Siby Kattampally from Malayala Manorama, Thiruvananthapuram; Sandhya Pawar from Chitralekha, Mumbai; Gangaputra Times, Haryana and Anureet Sidhu from Channel Punjab.
Launched in March 2007 by Population First, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has lent support to take Laadli Media Awards pan-India. The awards are part of the media advocacy efforts of the Laadli campaign by Population First, an NGO working on health, population and gender issues.