The Hunger Project-India hosted its 12th Sarojini Naidu Prize ceremony in New Delhi on October 1. The Sarojini Naidu Prize annually honors three outstanding journalists for reporting on the breakthroughs and success stories of women's leadership in local government throughout India.
For years, residents of the Harda District in India were forced to cremate the deceased in an isolated patch of land far from the village or in the neighboring panchayats. In the first Gram Sabha assembly after the Sanjha Manch committee was formed, it was realized that a more convenient piece of land, previously believed to be private, was illegally claimed by a local person in power and that it could be reclaimed. For the community it is a blessing to now have the land rightfully dedicated for burial.
With the successful completion of SWEEP, elected women representatives have taken the lead as mentors, facilitators, and political leaders, heading campaigns to raise awareness of malnutrition in India in April 2012.