Young Journalist Award runner up: Respect Wanted: Domestic Workers in Bolivia
Minority Rights Group International, in March 2011, announced the winner of the Minority Voices Young Journalist Award - a prize for young professional and student journalists keen to cover issues affecting minorities and indigenous communities in developing countries.
The three-member panel of judges, formed both from journalism and development experts, recognised the excellent level of the entries received. In particular the committee named five applicants as the top five runners-up.
One of them is Nalina Eggert, a Liverpool based journalist.Nalina writes about a young indigenous Bolivian maid, who moved from the countryside to La Paz to earn some money to send back to her family. Through this story she unveils the levels of exploitation suffered by female domestic workers in Bolivia and calls for international intervention to bring in legislative change to protect the right to decent work of female domestic workers.
Photo: The author, Nalina Eggert, in South America.