The prestigious Laadli Media and Advertising Awards for Gender Sensitisation 2015-16 were given to 37 media professionals including Times of India Guwahati reporter Abdul Gani. The 8th edition of the award function was held at the Chinnamaya Mission in New Delhi on Thursday. This prestigious award came to Gani for his reporting on involvement of women in conservation of endangered Greater Adjutant Stork in Kamrup District of Assam.
Population First, with the support of India’s leading entertainment channel, Colors Viacom 28 and United Nations Population Fund presented the awards for the Northern and Eastern region underlining the sensitive portrayal of gender among the media.
Gani told The Thumb Print, “It’s obviously a great feeling to see my work getting recognition at the national level. It will motivate me to do more. It’s special because of the story for which I was chosen for the award is close to my heart. When I first went to the village, the women who are engaged in the conservation work won my heart. They really deserve a pat on their back for such a commendable work which can set example for many in the country and beyond.” He also thanked Purnima Devi Barman for her tireless efforts in uniting the village women in this conservation effort.
The guest of the event was former member Planning Commission and a well known women rights activist and TV personality Sushma Seth.
It may be mentioned here that Gani is also an active member of the ‘Stars of North East’ Group that is involved in unearthing, handholding, and showcasing of young talents of the NE region.