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Gender Question is a weekly podcast in which Associate Editor Dhamini Ratnam addresses blindspots around gender and sexuality, by taking an issue that's in the news, and looking at it differently, with the help of experts. This is a Hindustan Times production brought to you by HT Smartcast.
 
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The island nation of Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since its independence in 1948. As with any economic crisis, the roots of the problem lie in economic and policy decisions taken by successive governments over the years. However, it was only towards the end of March that the world began to wake up to the trouble brewing in the coun…
 
On March 15, the Karnataka high court held that the hijab – or the headscarf worn by many Muslim women and girls – was not essential to Islam, and so educational institutions had the right to ask their students to not wear the hijab and only stick to the uniforms prescribed.In this episode of the Gender Question, we speak to two Muslim women, one o…
 
In this episode, Dhamini Ratnam is being joined by a trans man - Rohan and deconstructs his past experiences, how the "Maya Nagari" Mumbai gets very conservative to provide shelter to both the lovers as he comes from the City of Joy hoping something better happens to him. He also speaks about how this "Abnormal Love" as termed by the society has af…
 
One such question pertains to ‘same-sex marriages’. India does not recognise same-sex marriages. None of the marital laws expressly recognise same-sex marriages. One of the petitioners are Joydeep Sengupta, an OCI, and Russell Blaine Stephens, a US citizen. Sengupta and Stephens been in a loving relationship for nearly 20 years and even got married…
 
After 20 years, the Taliban have swept to victory in Afghanistan. Since then the questions were being asked about how this group will govern the country, and what their rule would mean for women, human rights, and political freedoms.In this episode, our host had a conversation with Malina Sulaiman, a graffiti artist, painter and metal worker from A…
 
Women’s participation and role in the agriculture sector is one that has historically been overlooked. With issues ranging from lack of recognition to absence of land rights, the agricultural sector has given rise to decades of struggle for women. After the announcement of the new laws, women farmers fear that the farm laws will further deepen gend…
 
Work, unemployment and economic recovery are gender issues. And there’s data to prove it. The new season of Gender Question kicks off by talking to women about their experience of working in the pandemic and how tough it’s been to get back on their feet. We also speak to academicians who explain why women have it harder than men when it comes to wo…
 
A Delhi-based legal journalist and researcher, Karan Tripathi filed a petition in the Delhi High Court last month, seeking the inclusion of data on the number of transgender prisoners in the upcoming Prison Statistics of India report, brought out regularly by the NCRB. In response, the central body under the aegis of the ministry of home affairs, s…
 
A report released by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) found that prisons across the country lacked policies and awareness about the needs of transgender inmates, leading to denial of their rights. Tune in to this episode as @dhamini discuss the state of transgender prisoners.Bởi Hindustan Times - HT Smartcast
 
In this episode of Gender Question, Dhamini speaks to renowned feminist economist and academician Devaki Jain about her latest released memoir: The Brass Notebook, a riveting account of her own life story and her lifelong efforts for Indian women into recognizing their rights in society, in asserting a visible presence and discarding their earlier …
 
Back in 2014, an 18 year old girl was ready to leave for Commonwealth Games , but her Hyperandrogenism medical report were still awaited. Soon the reports arrived and the young Sprinter Dutee Chand was dropped from the team. In this episode, Dhamini will be speaking with Dr. Payoshni Mitra, an athlete's rights activist on her experience with Dutee …
 
On September 8, 29-year-old South African track field athlete Caster Semenya lost an appeal in a case that pertains to one of the most significant issues of our times today: the right to self-identify one’s gender and the slippery slope called science that one faces each time one tries. In this episode of Gender Question, Dhamini speaks to Caster's…
 
In this episode of Gender Question, Damini speaks to Saurabh Kirpal about his book, Sex and the Supreme Court. The book is a set of essays that deal with the idea of choice, dignity, autonomy, and freedom, intersecting with sex, sexual identity, and gender. Tune in for more..Bởi Hindustan Times - HT Smartcast
 
As September 6 marks the second anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality, it is a good moment to reflect on all that has been achieved outside the courtroom. In this episode of Gender Question, Damini speaks to Parmesh Shahani who recently came out with a book, Queeristan: LGBT Inclusion in the workplace. It not only speaks about his p…
 
In this episode of Gender Question, Dhamini speaks to Rituparna Borah, the co-founder of Nazariya, a queer, feminist resource group, and Manak Matiyani the executive director of "the YP foundation". Listen in as they discuss gender, sexuality, and identity with respect to sexuality education.Bởi Hindustan Times - HT Smartcast
 
We continue our discussion between Damini and Nidhi. Dhamini speaks to Nidhi Goyal, founder, Rising Flame, and one of the authors of the report - ‘Neglected and Forgotten: Women with disabilities during the COVID crisis in India’. Nidhi is also a woman with a disability. They engage with the question of access to digital spaces for women with disab…
 
As the coronavirus epidemic began to spread, the Indian government immediately established a lot of protocols. But how was all of this to reach persons with disabilities? In this episode of Gender Question, Dhamini speaks to Nidhi Goyal, founder, Rising Flame, and one of the authors of the report - ‘Neglected and Forgotten: Women with disabilities …
 
In this episode of Gender Question, Dhamini speaks to Madhumita Venkatraman and Dr Arunabala, two of the five authors who worked on the report called Eight Questions Answered: Domestic Violence and the Indian Workplace. She asks them about the current work from home situations and shouldn’t domestic violence also be seen as a workplace issue?…
 
Continuing with the special series on Pride Month, in this episode of Gender Question, Dhamini Ratnam talks to the some of the country's most influential queer activists - Lesley Esteves, Shals Mahajan and Chayanika Shah on lesbian movements and communities across the country in the 1990s.Bởi Hindustan Times - HT Smartcast
 
This week, Dhamini addresses the issue of what happened on 6th February, the last day of a cultural festival at Gargi, a women’s college in Delhi University. She also spoke to Nandita Gandhi, who is the co-founder of Akshara Centre & also has been part of the women’s movement since the 1980s.Bởi Hindustan Times - HT Smartcast
 
This week, Dhamini addresses the issue of masculinity and its manifestation in violence. Taking the example of the recent riots in North-East Delhi, and conversations with Manak Matiyani, she explores the overwhelming messaging of "being protectors" spread to young boys is correlated to their sense of entitlement to power.…
 
In this episode, Dhamini speaks to Jaya Sharma, a queer feminist author, an activist of the LGBTQ community & part of the BDSM community continues her conversation form the previous episode. She also talks about consent as a messy desire and the research she did for her books.Bởi Hindustan Times - HT Smartcast
 
In this episode, Dhamini speaks to Jaya Sharma, a queer feminist author, an activist of the LGBTQ community & part of the BDSM community talks about consent and discusses what it is about consent which makes it difficult to pin down.Bởi Hindustan Times - HT Smartcast
 
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