Sarojini Naidu Prize 2009 - Call for Articles

India is going through a silent transformation at the grassroots. Panchayati Raj Institutions, born out of the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act (CAA), have ensured one-third of seats in the panchayats to women and proportional representation for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Castes. What is needed today is a voice for this "silent revolution," a way to bring stories of their struggles and successes into the homes and minds of civil society groups, the urban elites and professionals, academia and policymakers. It is time for the media to make an objective assessment of the contribution this new generation of women leaders have made to their villages.

The Hunger Project is committed to supporting and encouraging the press to prominently report the success stories of these women leaders.

The Hunger Project's Sarojini Naidu Prize 2009 will support writing on two theme:

  • Women in Panchayati Raj ~ Bringing Education to Every Child
  • Women in Panchayati Raj ~ Ensuring Primary Health Care for All

The Prize

Cash Prize: Rupees Two Lakhs for each category

The prize honors three journalists from the print media for outstanding reporting on Women and Panchayati Raj in Hindi, English and Other Indian Language categories. The Prize is given in support and recognition of the vital contribution the media can make in generating awareness, sensitising people and strengthening popular public opinion towards women's leadership. The Sarojini Naidu Prize 2009 shall focus on the role of Elected Women Leaders in Panchayati Raj in Bringing Education to Every Child and Ensuring Primary Health Care for All.


The articles should reach The Hunger Project office in Delhi by 30th July 2009.

Entries received after this date will not be considered.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to all print journalists. Regional language publications are encouraged to apply. Not open to employees of The Hunger Project and its partner organizations.
  • All entries have to be accompanied with articles that have been published in a newspaper or magazine. They should also include the name, address, email and phone number of the applicant.
  • The Articles should have been published between 15 July 2008 and 30 July 2009.
  • Otherwise, entries will be disqualified.
  • There is no word limit.
  • There is no limit to the number of articles that can be sent as entries as long as they meet the above criteria.

All entries and queries can be sent to the following email addresses: or

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