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Meena Media Award

© UNICEF Bangladesh/Salma Siddique/2009

Submissions open for Meena Media Award 2010, deadline 30 July 2010. Please download the details of the award and submission criteriea here (Bangla and English).

This year, submissions are solicited in two different age groups: Under-18 and 18 & above and four categories:
  • Print media – reports (news reports, features, post editorials)
  • Print media – creative (articles, stories, poems)
  • Television – reports (news reports, features, documentaries)
  • Television – creative (programmes other than news, e.g. short film, plays, songs)

News, articles, features and television programmes that investigate and explore children’s issues to improve the lives of children in Bangladesh, or provide healthy entertainment for children are eligible to compete for the award. Entries should have been published or broadcast between June 1, 2009 and May 31, 2010.  The deadline to receive entries is July 30, 2010. 

Introduced in 2005, Meena Media Award has stepped into the 6th year now. The award recognizes excellence in promoting children’s issues in the media. The award is named after Meena, the popular animation character created in Bangladesh. Meena is the iconic girl child, a change agent, whose attractive stories champion the rights of children across South Asia. In its fifth year, Meena Media Awards generated an overwhelming response and received a large number of entries from across the country.

A total of 19 writers, presenters, film makers and producers received the UNICEF Meena Media Award 2009. Congratulating the winners for their contribution and achievement in advocating for children, UNICEF Country Representative Carel de Rooy in his speech on last year’s award ceremony said: “The potential of all the media uniting for children is huge. Together you can make a difference and influence both the public opinion and policy makers so they can take action against child rights violations. You can help create a better Bangladesh for all the ‘Meenas’ of this country.”

Carel de Rooy also underlined the importance of the media giving space or airtime to children so they can express their views and opinions on matters that concern them. “The right to participate is a fundamental right for all children inscribed in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Media can play a crucial role in helping children to participate fully in the society.”

Seven eminent judges from the fields of literature, journalism, academia, film and documentary media judged huge number of entries from print and electronic media to select winners for the Meena Media Award 2009.



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