Six journalists of print and electronic media were awarded yesterday for writing and broadcasting report on violence against women and girls.
The award giving ceremony jointly organised by Women Journalists Network, Bangladesh (WJNB) and Nari Unnayan Shakti (NUS), and supported by South Asia Women's Fund, was held at Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka.
State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki handed the crests and certificates to the awardees for writing minimum 30 articles and broadcasting 10 TV reports on violence against women and girls.
In print media, Wazed Hera, staff reporter of the daily Janakantha, won the first prize, Yasmin Reema, Comilla correspondent of the daily New Age, won second prize and Jugantor's Rita Bhowmick won the third. For TV reporting, senior reporter of SATV Farzana Shova won first prize, Shatila Sarmin, staff reporter of Somoy TV, won second prize and Sheikh Humayun Kabir Surjo, Kurigram correspondent of News24, received the third.
Through their reports, the journalists explored issues such as child marriage, underprivileged women, education and so on.
Meher Afroz Chumki said the media has a key role when it comes to bringing national attention to gender violence. She urged journalists to provide credible and accurate information.
Women have progressed in many ways. Journalism is a challenging profession and women have made their mark in the field, she said.
While speaking at the programme, awardee Farzana Shova said journalists have a responsibility to bring to light incidents of violence against women.
Farida Yasmin, secretary general of Jatiya Press Club, said not only from the capital, reports were also collected and selected from across the country.
Abul Kalam Azad, managing director and chief editor of BSS, also spoke.