Priyanka Borpujari

Joined May 2010
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About Me

I am an independent journalist and photographer and I have been writing for various Indian and international publications about human rights abuses from different corners of India. With a decade of experience in journalism, the New York-based SINGH Foundation awarded me its Young Independent Journalist Fellowship in 2011. I was selected as the 2012-2013 International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow and was based at MIT in Boston, USA. During that period, I was a guest journalist in the editorial section of The Boston Globe, and the city reporting section of the New York Times. I have lectured and shown mine photojournalism -- both of them titled ‘The Human Cost of India’s Race to Development’-- extensively across American universities.

Last year, I was recently based in Hamburg, Germany, and was a guest journalist with the German political weekly Die Zeit, as Medienbotschafter Indien-Deutschaland 2015. For my reportage on how the humanitarian services in the aftermath of the violence in Kokrajhar in 2014 had overlooked women's needs, I won awards from the Asia Indigenous People's Pact (AIPP) and the International Red Cross Committee (ICRC). In 2016, I am based in Rochester, NY, USA, as a Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence at Nazareth College, where I am teaching "Media and Human Rights". I also conduct writing-for-healing workshops for various groups; the current one at a local jail in Rochester, with men recovering from substance abuse.

My Vision

I seek stories of hope from the most sordid situations. I need hope for survival, and every sliver of hope from every person I meet conveys to me that life is beautiful. Do you see this too? I want to show you this through my words.


Women and the EnvironmentGender-based ViolenceEmpowering GirlsWomen's HealthHuman Rights for WomenWomen in LeadershipEngaging Men and Boys in Gender Equality