Kathmandu, October 4
Durga Karki, a long time radio journalist focusing mainly on gender issues, has won the South Asia Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitivity 2017. Karki will receive the award at an awards function due to be held in Mumbai on October 12.
The award is being organised in association with International Advertising Association (India Chapter).
A five-member jury, commissioned by the International Advertising Association (Nepal Chapter), selected her article on ‘Misuse of Proportional System posted on www.mahilakhabar.com as Nepal winner. The jury comprised public health professional Asha Basnet, gender expert Meeta Sainju Pradhan, development professional Shanker Raj Pandey, Editor of Nagarik daily Gunaraj Luintel and Editor of The Himalayan Times Prakash Rimal.
Karki is currently working with a project run by Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists. The project aims to sensitise the media on wide-ranging issues surrounding environment, climate change and sustainable development. The Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity is one of its kind in the world given exclusively for promoting gender sensitivity in the media, according to Ravin Lama, managing director of International Media Network and President of IAA (Nepal Chapter).
The award aims to draw the attention of the public to positive efforts in the media with regard to gender sensitive reportage and programming and provide a platform for showcasing such efforts, according to a press release issued by The Laadli Media Awards, launched in 2007 to recognize and celebrate the efforts of those in media and advertising who highlight pressing gender concerns.
A version of this article appears in print on October 05, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.