Diageo has recognised and honoured five winning journalists from across the Asia-Pacific for their outstanding reporting of women’s issues at the inaugural 2014 Women’s Empowerment (WE) Journalism Awards ceremony in Singapore. The winners from India were Sumnima Udas of CNN and Nilanjana Bhowmick of Time Magazine.
“The incredible response we received to our call for nominations for the WE Journalism Awards was very inspiring,” said Abanti Sankaranarayanan, Managing Director, Diageo India. “We received more than 300 entries from 11 different countries across print, online and broadcast media, proving that women’s issues are all of our issues.”
“I am exceedingly proud that we had two winning entries from India, Nilanjana Bhowmick and Sumnima Udas, who are not only excellent journalists but role models and advocates for women across India and the region,” Sankaranarayanan added.
CNN’s Sumnima Udas was named Journalist of the Year for her reporting on gender issues in India, including the December 2012 New Delhi rape and murder of a young medical student. The incident, which shocked the entire nation and garnered attention from around the world, led to change in how Indian society handles sexual crimes and violence against women.
Nearly a full year of reporting led to the documentary film ‘Nirbhaya: The Fearless One’, which featured Udas’ in-depth interview with the victim’s parents.
Also recognised was Nilanjana Bhowmick of Time Magazine, who won the award for Online Story of the Year. Her winning article, ‘India’s Golden Girls: How Sports and the Olympics Can Uplift Women’, highlighted sports as a tool for empowerment of girls in India. The global success of India’s women athletes has gradually shifted traditional social perceptions towards women and sports. More and more parents support their daughters to play sports and to become professional athletes.
The WE Journalism Awards are part of Diageo’s ‘Plan W: Empowering Women through Learning’ community investment programme, which was launched in 2012. Through Plan W initiatives, Diageo aims to deliver training and skills development to empower two million women in 17 countries in Asia-Pacific by 2017.
The award recipients for the WE Journalism Awards 2014 are:
Journalist of the Year: Sumnima Udas, CNN
Online Story of the Year: Nilanjana Bhowmick, Time Magazine
Entry: India’s Golden Girls: How Sports and the Olympics Can Uplift Women
Print Story of the Year: Denise Tsang, South China Morning Post
Entry: Engineering Change
Photograph of the Year: Aly Song, Reuters
Entry: The Women of China’s Workforce
Broadcast Story of the Year: Subina Shrestha, Al Jazeera
Entry: Nepal’s Slave Girls