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India and the Female Population

February 26, 2012

Shreeya Sinha ’10, duPont-Columbia Award winner (copied from the Columbian Journalism School webpage)

‘Shreeya Sinha ’10 recently won a 2012 duPont-Columbia Award silver baton for her work on “Undesired,” a multimedia report about violence against women in India produced by MediaStorm and Walter Astrada for the Alexia Foundation.

“My mission was to bring alive photojournalist Walter Astrada’s haunting images with video testimonies from women, their families, activists and government officials,” Sinha said. She was both associate producer and a videographer for the piece.

This interactive story, told through photographs and interviews, details the under-reported cultural pressure on Indian women to bear sons and the decimation of the female population.

“As a journalist and an Indian woman, the story became shocking and personal,” Sinha said. “From birth to death women are threatened with violence because they are considered a burden, and as a result, 40 million women are ‘missing’ from India’s population. I felt strongly about shedding light on this complex and media-dark issue.”

“Undesired,” MediaStorm & Walter Astrada – duPont-Columbia Award Winner 2012 from Alfred I. duPont Awards on Vimeo.

Sinha is a multimedia producer and social media strategist at the Asia Society in New York. She explored her passion for multimedia when, as a student, she was selected to do the ‘hybrid’ thesis, which included elements such as video, print, photos and a website to house the project. She graduated with honors and has also won a national Foreign Press Association Award. For her master’s project, Sinha produced “Ricocheting Bullets,” a multimedia project incorporating photography, video and audio on psychological trauma in gangsters.

Sinha is soon to become a foreign news producer at The New York Times.’

InnOrbit tries its best to add value and help the young girls in India & their families:

  • InnOrbit sponsors young girls from farmer families that we buy our ingredients from.  We cover their educations costs for 10 years.
  • We buy directly from farmers cutting out middle-men and giving farmers and their families the best prices.

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