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Sanjukta Basu is a Freelance Journalist, Photographer and Women Rights Activist.

Sanjukta’s life journey is an inspiration for young women. A never married 40 women who has broken several gender stereotypes to attain her dreams of being a writer, photographer. On the journey she has found herself, and also becom… Read More
Sanjukta Basu is a Freelance Journalist, Photographer and Women Rights Activist.

Sanjukta’s life journey is an inspiration for young women. A never married 40 women who has broken several gender stereotypes to attain her dreams of being a writer, photographer. On the journey she has found herself, and also become a leader and influencer for other women.

She has over 12 years of work experience in social sector. Her literary and photography works have been published by media houses and publications across the globe, reaching audiences in France, Canada, Sweden, Germany and more. Through her writing and photography work she has brought unheard and untold stories to national importance, broken gender stereotypes and inspired millions of young women to speak up about against violence and oppression. http://sanjuktaphotography.com

Sanjukta is one of India’s earliest bloggers who started using the tool as a political tool of self-representation and self-empowerment. Sanjukta emerged in the blogging scene when very few women wrote about their life publicly, those who did, seldom talked of their personal lives, their feelings, desire, dreams or their experiences of facing violence or oppression. She bravely blurred the line between public and private and wrote her life narrative, a brave feminist act. She now writes about social, political and women’s issues on her blog and mainstream media. https://sanjukta.wordpress.com/about-sanjukta-basu/

She has self-initiated the Project SWBT by which she attempts to make public space safer for women by the act solo travel. The idea is to encourage women to go out and reclaim public space. As part of this project she has traveled to various parts of India on budget and written guides for other female travelers to follow. She also did a photo survey of five Indian metro cities to observe how the urban women access public spaces. This survey was published as a series on Firstpost.
http://www.firstpost.com/long-reads/where-are-the-women-an-examination-of-gender-and-public-space-in-five-indian-cities-3955155.html


She is a proven leader and influencer with a mini celebrity status. A simple Google search of her name would provide a testimony to the reach and influence Sanjukta commands. One would be able to find fan videos and testimonials from young women who are inspired by her personal life narrative, political writings and social activism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsTcBncSxko

Sanjukta has a personal follower base of around 20,000 netizens via various social networks. Her personal blog has a unique page view of over 6 lacs, on Twitter she has a verified account with over 10,000 followers and her Tweets have earned an average of 1.8 million impression per month in 2017. She is followed by and engaged with some of the country’s biggest political leaders, social activists, cultural icons and national and international media professionals. Being a TED Fellow and multiple TEDx speaker, her talks have been viewed by thousands on YouTube. She is written about and interviewed extensively by both online and print media for many of my projects and initiatives.
http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/art/feminist-photography-through-tattoos-across-india/article19342698.ece

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/viral-and-trending/300717/capturing-inked-identities.html

http://www.indianwomenblog.org/parks-not-only-for-men-to-loiter-solo-traveler-sanjukta-basu-reclaims-public-spaces/

In 2009 she was awarded the TED Fellowship for her blogging and digital activism efforts. A public speaker and trainer she has delivered talks / lectures at TEDx conferences, Colleges, NGOs and conducted training workshops on digital media, blogging and gender. Presently she contributes to media houses like Firstpost, Huffington Post, Outlook, The Wire. She is also working on Project SWBT, a travel and photography research on gender and public space. She has done BA, LLB from Delhi University and M.A. in Women and Gender Studies from IGNOU.

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