Highlights of Our 2010 Fall Event Weekend
Breaking New Ground: Women Leaders of South Asia
On October 23, more than 530 Hunger Project leaders, investors and friends from around the world gathered for our annual Fall Event. The weekend celebrated the courageous women of South Asia, who, against all odds, are stepping forward as leaders to bring hunger and poverty to an end.
At the gala event, guests were greeted by Indian drummers and spent the evening surrounded by the exotic colors, sounds and music of South Asia.
The event featured a keynote address by our new President and CEO Mary Ellen McNish, who spoke about the journey that brought her to The Hunger Project (THP) and her vision for the future.
The evening also featured presentations by two village women leaders from South Asia:
Amita Devi is president of her panchayat (village council) in India. She says that it was after she attended THP's Women's Leadership Workshop that she learned her role, responsibilities and authority as president of the panchayat.
Gita Rani Bormon is an animator (trained volunteer leader) in Jelkhali village in Bangladesh. She was inspired by THP's message of empowerment, and is now known as a dedicated woman leader committed to halting violence against women and early marriage in her community.
Sarojini Naidu Prize for Best Reporting on Women and Panchayati Raj
During a special part of Saturday night's event, and at a separate function on Thursday, we honored three women journalists who were awarded this year's Sarojini Naidu Prize (SNP) for Best Reporting on Women and Panchayati Raj. THP-India developed the SNP to support and encourage the press to energetically and prominently report the breakthroughs and success stories of women's leadership in India. Former President of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano, presented the 2010 laureates with their awards.
- Best Hindi Language Reporting: Rumni Ghosh for her article "Be Careful, Here Lives Amosa Bai."
- Best English Language Reporting: Preethi Nagaraj for her article "From Homeless Tribals to GP Chief."
- Best Reporting in Other Languages: Bornali Boruah for her article "Panchayati Raj Brings Change Amidst Two Leaves and a Bud."
A Special Presentation on Our Work in South Asia
A special side event included an in-depth briefing on our work in South Asia, delivered by John Coonrod, Executive Vice President; Badiul Majumdar, Vice President and Country Director, THP-Bangladesh; and Sriparna Chaudhuri, Director of Media, Fundraising and Operations, THP-India. One of the most compelling points of the weekend was when a young girl stood up and asked the poignant question, "When did people decide that men were treated better than women? How did that start and why is it still like that?"