Dev Kanya Thakur, a Shimla based media professional, was conferred the 2011-12 Laadli Media Award for journalism by the Lucknow based Sangeet Natak Academy recently for her writings on gender sensitivity issues.
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav gave away the awards to Ms Thakur and 23 other journalists from northern India.
The award ceremony was held by Population First in collaboration with United Nation Population Fund.
Dev Kanya Thakur was given the award in the best opinion – editorial category for her story published in a hindi daily edition during the December 2010 Himachal Panchayat Elections.
The opinion piece carried the title, “ Gramhin Mahiayaan Sirf Rubber Stamp Nahin’ that underlined the double standards society adopted towards its women members.
Dedicating the award to hard working hill women, Dev Kanya said, “after this award, I have a lot more responsibilities to perform.”
Her opinion article was in context of the difficult lives of women in hill societies where they play an active role in the economy as bread earners and home makers across villages. Yet these women are not given the chance to participate in politics or decision making, she says.
Not only women in villages are facing discrimination, even the well educated and working women are facing discrimination at their work places. To prove their caliber they have to give double output as compared to their fellow male colleagues, which is tough for any human being, said Thakur.