First, a Mumbai based NGO working on population and health issues within the framework of women's rights and social development, has announced the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-Laadli National Awards for Creative Excellence for Social Change. These awards specifically target the social issue of female foeticide and falling sex ratio in the country. The last date for receiving entries is January 30, 2008.
Laadli is the name of a girl child campaign in Mumbai.
The categories for the awards include TVCs; slogans, lyrics and songs; print ads and cartoons; posters and outdoor media; photography; and innovative merchandise materials. The jury panel for the awards includes well known advertising professionals such as AP Parigi, MG Parameswaran, Pranesh Misra, Mohammed Khan, Pradeep Guha, Priti Nair and Ramesh Narayan.
The awards are open to creative professionals from any organisation and also to freelance professionals. Entries may include unpublished or not aired material as well.
Population First is holding another awards show, called the UNFPA-Laadli Media Awards, which targets the issue of gender sensitivity and celebrates the commendable efforts by various media at providing gender-just perspectives, portrayals and analysis. It has closed its entries and will announce the results for the West on December 19. Population First will hold separate UNFPA-Laadli Media Awards for the North, East and the South in the first three months of 2008.
The organisation will announce the best entries from each region for the UNFPA-Laadli Media Awards and the winners of the UNFPA-Laadli National Awards for Creative Excellence at a national awards show to be held in March 2008.