Episode 01: Nitya Rao on Bombay ducks, polygamy, disaster, and more
In this episode, we speak to Nitya Rao, a researcher, trainer, activist, and professor of gender and development at the University of East Anglia, UK. Professor Rao shares her rich experiences and deep insights from the 30 years that she has spent on the field in Asia and Africa: of translating 'climate change' into local vocabularies, increased labour burdens on women and girls during a crisis, and changing marital practices in the wake of disaster and distress. Tune in to learn more about climate change at the last-mile.
Episode 02: Ruchi Kumar on climate, conflict, and bride price in Afghanistan
In this episode, we speak with independent journalist Ruchi Kumar, who has spent nearly a decade reporting on conflict, violence, gender and culture in South Asia with a special focus on Afghanistan. We dive deeper into the ways in which the blistering heatwaves, droughts and floods coupled with the return of the Taliban, have led to an alarming rise in early and forced marriages in the war-torn country, particularly in the camps for the internally displaced populations. Tune in to learn more.
Episode 03: Syed Aminul Haque on rising seas, cyclones, and 'seasonal brides' in coastal Bangladesh
In this episode, we speak with Syed Aminul Haque from COAST Foundation, who has spent over three decades working in the most ecologically vulnerable pockets of Bangladesh. We discuss the impacts of recurring floods and cyclones on fishing communities living on the brink in the country's coastline, and their compulsions to get their young daughters married in order to survive. Tune in to learn more.
Episode 04: Upasona Ghosh on cyclones, borders, and child trafficking in the Sundarbans.
In this episode, we speak with Dr Upasona Ghosh from the Indian Institute of Public Health, Bhubaneswar, who has spent over a decade working in the world's largest mangrove wetlands, the Sundarbans. We discuss the links between recurring floods and cyclones, the borderlands, and the high prevalence of child marriage and trafficking in the region.