Hoonartek has partnered with Smita Sharma, a freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer for her work with the Red Dot Foundation’s ‘Safe City’ program.
Smita’s work has been published in various national and international publications including CNN , The Washington Post, New York Times, BBC, The Globe and Mail, Spiegel, DailyMail UK, The Caravan Magazine among others. Her work has been screened at Visa pour l”Image, Perpignan, and exhibited in various countries including USA, France, Cambodia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, India, UK and Myanmar. Her ongoing project on Sexual Violence and Rape in India was exhibited as part of CSW-59 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and at TEDx conference, Yanbu City, Saudi Arabia. Besides her freelance work, she is currently teaming up with National Geographic photographer Stephanie Sinclair, adding voice to the global campaign on child marriage -Too Young To Wed.
Safecity is a platform that crowdsources personal stories of sexual harassment and abuse in public spaces. This data which may be anonymous, gets aggregated as hot spots on a map indicating trends at a local level. The idea is to make this data useful for individuals, local communities and local administration to identify factors that causes behavior that leads to violence and work on strategies for solutions.