Priyanka Shankar
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Priyanka Shankar

Currently: Journalist/producer at Reuters. Formerly: Radio reporter at the UN's News Centre. Contact: priyanka.shankar16@gmail.com


Gold from the gutters: The life of India’s ‘Ghamelawallahs’

In Zaveri Bazaar, one of India's biggest gold markets, there's gold everywhere. Even in the drains. You just have to scour the streets for it and that's exactly what a tribe of men called 'ghamelawallahs' do for a living. They clean the streets collecting

Reuters / February 2018

Doms of Varanasi make a living among the dead

Life is everywhere in the cremation grounds of Varanasi. But death is the big attraction and many like 'Doms', who are the main keepers of the fire for a funeral pyre, make a living among the dead.

Reuters / October 2017

Wasting food can have negative impacts on climate: FAO

Radio Report: According to the FAO about 1.3 billion tons of food is being wasted globally, per year. Many small scale initiatives have begun around the world to reduce food waste and cut emissions. Priyanka Shankar reports from Wales

UN News / October 2016

New project empowers women refugees in Turkey

Radio Report: A new project to empower women in the refugee camps of Turkey has been launched by the UN’s Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Having fled conflict from countries like Syria and Iraq, they are being offered training in textile pro

UN News / January 2017

"Living Level 3: Iraq"- A film exposing life through insurgency

Imagine what it would be like to live as an aid worker or civilian in a country like Iraq, controlled by the terrorist group ISIL. That’s the premise of a new animated film, produced by the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP).

UN News / January 2017

African refugees in Egypt "forgotten"

Radio Report: A “forgotten population” of refugees from across Africa is living in limbo in Egypt according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). People who have fled turmoil and conflict in countries like Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan, and who are hoping to re

UN News / November 2016

Persecution of Baha'i faith in Iran is a deep-seated issue

Radio Report: The persecution of Baha'is in Iran is a "very deep-seated" issue according to Ahmed Shaheed, the UN's special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief. Dr Shaheed expressed concern that the faith has so far not been recognized as a relig

UN News / January 2017

People need to be valued regardless of their identity

Radio Report: UN Women's Bangladesh representative Christine Hunter stated that gender is still understood as physically determined, leading to the discrimination of the transgender community in Bangladesh who are also called the “Hijras”.

UN News / January 2017

Syrian refugees in Lebanon most vulnerable during winter

Radio Report: Syrian refugees in Lebanon are at their most vulnerable and need the most assistance during the winter months, according to a representative from the UN’s Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in the region. Many of them have settled in Lebanon’s Bekaa Va

UN News / December 2016

Yazidis in Iraqi city of Mosul face an uncertain future

Radio Report: Ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq, like the so-called Yazidis, face an “uncertain future” with the ongoing liberation of Mosul, a women’s rights activist has warned. Ameena Saeed Hassan, a Yazidi from Sinjar in Northern Iraq, spoke at

UN News / October 2016

The transformative power of Mardi Gras

Whilst we know New Orleans’ Mardi Gras as a festival full of outrageous costumes, impressive food, and eccentric music, it is certainly more than what meets the eye.

INKLINE / February 2017

5 incredible experiences in India’s Western Ghats

This vast mountain range is the emerald jewel of India, but where to head first? And what to do when you're there? Local hiking enthusiast Priyanka Shankar shares her tips

Wanderlust Travel Magazine / April 2016

Protesters give a goodbye kiss to liberal Bengaluru

Once considered liberal and tolerant, the city once known as Bangalore is acquiring a reputation of narrow mindedness, say activists who accuse city authorities of “moral policing,” even over something as universally human as a kiss.

Reuters / February 2015

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