Azad Lab (Free To Speak) is a show which discusses issues that are often sidelined by the mainstream but are a cause for much anxiety for young people; Topics include puberty, masculinity, caste, marriage, love, democracy, freedoms etc. Episode producer Kanchan has completed her exam for the 12th standard. She is vocal about the issues on gender discrimination happening in her community, Tajpur Pahari. She wants to make a positive change in the attitude of her community members by making podcasts on gender centric issues and works towards initiating dialogue on the issues inside her community by playing the podcast during audio chaupals.
Episode 18: Ladka Aur Ladki Me Bhedbhaav.
“In financial distress my elder brother tries to control us but doesn't takes responsibility for us.”
Host Kanchan through her story explains that society should not discriminate between girls and boys. She puts forth the dynamics between her siblings and the responsibilities shared between them to explain her opinion.
Azad Lab is one of 6 shows produced as part of the Free/Dem Community Podcasts, the online avatar of the Free/Dem WhatsApp Radio run by women and girls from urban margins of Delhi. The shows are built around ideas of gender equity, love, freedom of expression, human rights and justice. Through the podcasts community members discuss and share their lived realities. The Free/Dem Community Podcasts 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.