CNN’S SUMNIMA UDAS CROWNED ‘JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR’ AT WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT JOURNALISM AWARDS
Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 14, 2014
CNN International’s Delhi-based Nepali origin correspondent Sumnima Udas has been awarded ‘Journalist of the Year’ at the inaugural Women’s Empowerment Journalism Awards. Udas was recognised for her sensitive and incisive reporting on gender issues including the December 2012 New Delhi gang-rape, the plight of acid attack victims in India, and the courageous stance taken by young Indian women fighting back to ensure the safety of women in their neighbourhoods. The Awards held in Singapore, honour outstanding achievements in reporting on women’s issues in Asia Pacific. Entries came from Australia, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Udas reported extensively on the aftermath of the December 2012 Delhi gang rape, explaining how the crime shook the nation and prompted a landmark change in how society handles violence against women. Her almost year-long reporting culminated in the documentary film ‘Nirbhaya: The Fearless One’ which featured in-depth interviews with the victim’s parents, who movingly revealed how their daughter was the pillar of strength for the family. Her reporting on related gender issues also featured first-hand interviews with Indian women on the streets, shedding insights into the vulnerability of sexually abused women, victims of acid attacks and the horrific practice of female feticide in parts of India. She has also chronicled the courageous story of a group of brave adolescent women who have banded together to form ‘Red Brigades’, acting as foot patrols to increase the safety of females in their neighbourhood.
This award is the latest recognition of CNN International’s editorial strength. Last month, CNN was crowned ‘News Channel of the Year’ for the second year running at the Royal Television Society (RTS) Awards where the network also won the coveted Best News Coverage – International category. The network is the reigning ‘Cable & Satellite Channel of the Year’ (Asian Television Awards 2013) and had a strong showing at the Emmys, FPA Awards, Peabody Awards and the Overseas Press Awards. CNN is also the number one international TV news channel according to all major media surveys across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the Asia Pacific region and Latin America.
She has been associated with CNN since 2001. She joined as a news assistant in New York and then moved to Hong Kong in 2006 as a show producer. Since 2010, she has been producer from Delhi.
Recently, Udas has worked on several assignments such as the Delhi gang-rape, the Bangladesh garment factory collapse as well as the Commonwealth Games corruption scam. She is also the recipient of the Asian Television Awards as show producer for the show CNN Talk Asia, a weekly show that explores personalities of newsmakers.
She has studied her bachelors at Washington and Lee University in Virginia, USA and masters from Oxford University in UK. She knows several languages such as English, Hindi, Urdu, Nepali and French and has grown up in over ten countries.
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About Women’s Empowerment Journalism Awards
The Women’s Empowerment (WE) Journalism Awards was established to recognise and honour outstanding achievements in the reporting on women’s issues across Asia Pacific. Sponsored by Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks company, the Awards aim to inspire, nurture and advance quality reporting on related topics, so as to educate and empower the communities across the region with more knowledge to advance progress in women’s empowerment. The Awards are set up as part of Diageo’s ‘Plan W: Empowering Women through Learning’ programme. Launched in 2012, Plan W aims to reach women of all socio-economic profiles through training and skills development to empower two million women in 17 countries in Asia-Pacific over five years. Further affirming its commitment, Diageo became the first beverage alcohol company in March 2013 to sign up to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles (UNWEP) to promote gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community.
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