Azad Lab (Free To Speak) is a show that discusses issues that are often sidelined by the mainstream but that cause much disruption and anxiety among young people like masculinity, caste etc. Episode producer Hemlata is 17 and studies in the local government school. A Freedem Community Reporter, she is shy but opinionated and strong willed who loves to read.
Episode 11: Facebook use krne ka haq kyun nehi hain Mujhe?
"Isn't it my right as an individual to use social media to express myself? if my brother can do so, why can't I ?"
Host Hemlata tries to throw light on the issue of gender disparity prevalent in the usage of social media sharing anecdotes from her own experiences and those of her friends. She shared perspectives from both female and male point of view by speaking to her male and female friends regarding this.
Azad Lab is one of 6 shows produced as part of the Free/Dem Community Podcasts, the online avatar of the Freedem WhatsApp Radio run by community members of Tajpur Pahadi and other urban slums in and around Delhi. The shows are built around ideas of gender equity, love, freedom of expression, human rights and justice. Through the podcasts, community members discuss as well as share their lived realities. They are produced under Ideosync's FREE/DEM initiative, which provides marginalized communities - especially women and migrants - a platform to amplify their narratives and stories using audio and video.