Motherland Nepal, a US-based non-profit charity organization, has provided the “Gender Equality Journalism Prize-2018′ to six women journalists from Nepal who have set their journey to world’s tallest peak Mt Everest. The Gender Equality Journalism Prize was distributed on Thursday in the capital on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day (May 3).
Chairman of Motherland Nepal Anil Pandey handed over the bank cheque of Rs 120,000 to Chairman of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) Govinda Acharya on behalf of the expedition team of women journalists. The formal programme organized in Kathmandu saw the presence of Acting Chief Justice Right Honourable Dipak Raj Joshi, FNJ Chairman Acharya, Motherland Nepal Chairman Pandey, Press Council Nepal Chairman Kishor Shrestha, country Representative of UNESCO, former chairs of FNJ and other distinguished personalities.
The prize is given away to the outstanding and deserving journalists under the auspices of the Federation of Nepali Jouranlists (FNJ).Journalists Rosha Basnet, Priya Laxmi Karki, Kalpana Maharjan, Rojita Buddhacharya, Doma Sherpa and Deurali Chamling would get the cash prize jointly.
Earlier, the jury members comprising senior journalists and FNJ had decided to give away the prize to the women journalists to encourage their journey to Mt Everest. The women journalists are in their journey to Mt Everest with the slogan of gender equality.
Established in the US, the Motherland Nepal is sponsoring the prize every year. But, this year more journalists were prized as the prize could not be handed over due to an unavoidable circumstance, said one of the trustee members of the journalism prize.
During the formal programme, Chief Justice Joshi said the media must be free from bias so that people’s right to information is ensured and democratic system developed. Saying that the media is bias about cases that are sub-judice in the court, he pointed out the need for every journalist and media person to work adhering to the constitution, law and professional code of conduct of journalists.
The Chief Justice also praised the women journalists cum mountaineers for their steps and voices for women’s empowerment and gender equality and wished for their successful expedition.
Also speaking at the programme, Chairman of Motherland Nepal Anil Pandey said that Motherland Nepal was always ready to help for gender equality and social inclusion, women empowerment and promotion. Pandey also said he was happy with the rising number of women journalists in the Nepali media.
Pandey also expressed his commitment to co-work with the FNJ in such steps in future as well.