'Khabar Lahariya', a newspaper produced entirely by women in rural India, distributed to more than 20,000 readers in Uttar Pradesh is awarded United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation's (Unesco) King Sejong Literacy Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Literacy.
Khabar Lahariya has 15 women, newly literate "low caste" women who are trained as journalists by Nirantar. Besides developing their literacy skills and honing their reporting abilities, the women reporters are trained to talk to public figures, gather information and sharpen editing skills. The coverage of Khabar Lahriya includes politics, crime, social issues and entertainment for a readership that spans 400 villages in both Chitrakoot and Banda districts of India's most populous state.
Unesco's King Sejong Literacy Prize was instituted by South Korea and this year, out of the four winners, Khabar Lahariya gets $20000.
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