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The Feminifesto Podcast

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The Feminifesto Podcast: A podcast that chronicles women's voices and narratives in the domains of International Relations, Peacebuilding and Politics.
56 Episodes
In this episode, Kirthi and Vaishnavi speak to Manuela Lavinas Picq, a Loewenstein Fellow and Visiting Associate Professor in Political Science at Amherst College. She is a professor of International Relations at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Ecuador. Her research tackles Indigenous politics and sexuality in world politics and Latin America. She is the author of Vernacular Sovereignties: Indigenous Women Challenging World Politics (University of Arizona Press, 2018), Sexualities in World Politics (with Markus Thiel, Routledge 2015) and Queering Narratives of Modernity (with Maria Amelia Viteri, Peter Lang 2016). She has held research positions at Freie Universität (2015), the Institute for Advanced Study (2013), and the Woodrow Wilson Center (2005). Her publications appear in scholarly journals like Latin American Politics and Society, Cahiers du Genre and International Political Science Review. She contributes to international media outlets.
In this episode, Kirthi and Vaishnavi speak to Dr J Ann Tickner, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the American University. She is also a Professor Emerita at the University of Southern California where she taught for fifteen years before moving to American University. Her principle areas of teaching and research include international theory, peace and security, and feminist approaches to international relations. She served as President of the International Studies Association from 2006-2007. Her books include, A Feminist Voyage Through International Relations, Gendering World Politics: Issues and Approaches in the Post-Cold War Era, and Gender in International Relations: Feminist Perspectives on Achieving International Security.
In this episode, Kirthi and Vaishnavi speak to Laura Sjoberg, an American feminist scholar of international relations and international security. Her work specializes in gendered interpretations of just war theory, feminist security studies, and women's violence in global politics. She served as the Homebase Editor for the International Feminist Journal of Politics (with Cynthia Weber and Heidi Hudson), from 2011 until 2017. She also held an editorial position at the International Studies Review, from 2015 until 2017, and an associate editorial position with the International Studies Review, from 2013 until 2015.
In this episode, Vaishnavi and Kirthi speak to Aditi Mukund, the founder and creator of Women in International Relations, a platform that seeks to amplify the voices of women in international relations, security, peace & conflict, and foreign policy; with a focus on India and the developing world. At present, she works at COVINTS, an Indian defense company, where her current roles include geopolitical risk analysis and the administration of the company’s academic and research center. She has a Master’s degree in International Studies, a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media with a major in Journalism, and a BA in English Literature and Psychology. Her areas of interest are interdisciplinary, and encompass non-traditional security, geopolitics of the global south, gender in international relations and development, and climate change & sustainability. 
We're two years old, and so much of our work has been possible because of our listeners and the amazing women we've been able to feature on the podcast. Listen to our special anniversary episode to know what three amazing women - Kamla Bhasin, Visaka Dharmadasa, and Laura Sjoberg - envision for a future of sustainable peace.
In this episode, Vaishnavi and Kirthi speak to Sahar Zareen Bandial, an Advocate of the High Courts based in Lahore, Pakistan. Sahar practices in a different range of areas. She has a keen interest in gender and law, and legislative drafting. Sahar co-authored the Anti-Rape Bill, which was passed into law as the Criminal Law (Amendment) (Offences Relating to Rape) Act in 2016, and the Punjab Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Bill, introduced before the Punjab Assembly in 2019. She has consulted for different government departments on legislative work, and also regularly writes on the subject of women’s rights and legal reform in various daily publications. Sahar has been involved in legal education for several years and is currently teaching as Adjunct Faculty at the Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law, LUMS.
In this episode, Kirthi and Vaishnavi speak to Mandy Sanghera, an award winning philanthropist, a community consultant and global campaigner, often referred to as a global catalyst. In addition to being an international human rights activist and motivational Tedx speaker from the UK, Mandy has traveled world over, empowering and motivating others. With over three decades of experience, Mandy is an expert in various development-related fields. She has been driving innovation, building strategic partnerships, promoting advocacy and programming in the areas of human rights, gender equality, accountability and social justice globally. Mandy has helped hundreds of individuals and now reaches thousands through social media and her generous amount of worldwide TV appearances and public speaking engagements.
In this episode, Vaishnavi and Kirthi speak to Priyadharsini Palaniswamy. Priyadharsini (Founder, The Blue Club), a Chennai-based independent documentary filmmaker, is a journalist and an alumna of the Asian College of Journalism. After working with various media outlets, Priyadharsini decided that she would get into documentary filmmaking full-time. It’s this journey that led her towards setting up ‘The Blue Club’, an initiative to amplify the voices of women from marginalized caste and gender locations using media as a tool. Priyadharsini has multiple short films and documentaries to her credit, including Go, Get Education, a short film based on the life of Savitribai Phule, a revolutionary 19th century feminist social reformer, and #dalitwomenfight which is on the rape atrocities committed on Dalit women in Haryana.
In this episode, Kirthi and Vaishnavi speak to Sabin Muzaffar, the Founder and Executive Editor of Ananke – a digital platform empowering women through awareness, advocacy and education. With over 20 years of experience in print and digital media, Sabin has successfully launched a digital internship program through the Ananke platform. She was selected as UN Women’s Empower Women Global Champion for Women’s Economic Empowerment in 2015-2016, and was later chosen as an Empower Women Mentor. In 2017, Sabin was also selected as a Cherie Blair Foundation Mentor. She has mentored as well as trained more than 40 girls globally focusing digital media, online advocacy and communication. Her focus lies in women’s empowerment, the SDGs and Leveraging Tech for Good.
In this episode, Kirthi and Vaishnavi speak to Ayla Schlosser, the Portfolio Growth Specialist at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, where she provides strategic and operational support to social entrepreneurs to help them scale.Most recently, Ayla was the Co-founder and CEO of Resonate, an organization that provides leadership and professional development training to women and youth in East Africa. She is a trained leadership coach, and a human centered design consultant specializing in organizational design, strategy, and business operations.Prior to starting Resonate she was a Community Organizer and Program Manager at Groundswell in Washington, DC, where she led and managed the launch of a city-wide energy efficiency and financing program for low-income residents. She has also worked as a strategic communications consultant and specialized in stakeholder engagement and facilitation.Ayla holds a Master of Science in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she was awarded the Miller Social Change Leadership Award and the 2020 Stanford Impact Leadership Fellowship. She was a Mary Maples Dunn scholar at Smith College, where she graduated with honors with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Spanish Language. Ayla was awarded the 2014 Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling for her work with Resonate and was named one of Conscious Company Magazine’s 17 Rising Social Entrepreneurs. She is a 2015 Unreasonable Institute Global Fellow, a 2016 recipient of the Cordes Fellowship, and represented Resonate as part of the 2017 GSBI Accelerator Program and the 2017 cohort of the SPRING Accelerator. She has written articles for Next Billion and Huffington Post, and was a speaker at TEDx Oakland in 2018. Ayla serves on the Board of Directors for Resonate, as an International Grant Advisor for The Pollination Project, and as a member of the Global Advisory Board for the Women’s Global Leadership Initiative.
In this episode, Kirthi and Vaishnavi speak to Author and Foreign Correspondent Christina Lamb. Christina Lamb is one of Britain’s leading foreign correspondents and a bestselling author. She has reported from most of the world’s hotspots starting with Afghanistan after an unexpected wedding invitation led her to Karachi in 1987 when she was just 22. She moved to Peshawar to cover the mujaheddin fighting the Soviet Union and within two years she had been named Young Journalist of the Year. Since then she has won 14 major awards including five times being named Foreign Correspondent of the Year and Europe’s top war reporting prize, the Prix Bayeux. She was made an OBE by the Queen in 2013 and is an honorary fellow of University College, Oxford.
In this episode, Kirthi and Vaishnavi speak to Dr. Pragati Singh, an activist and leader towards the asexual cause, and founder of Indian Aces, who was featured in the BBC's list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2019. Listeners can follow Dr Pragati's work on the following FB: t:
In this episode, Kirthi and Vaishnavi speak to Manira Alva, who brings over 25-years of multi-genre media experience, gendered-policy formulation and political strategizing to the Vital Voices Leadership Team. As the VP of Political and Civic Engagement, she oversees the VV Engage year-long fellowship in collaboration with the World Council of Women Leaders and professors from the Kennedy School. She is committed to changing the narrative and culture regarding women and public leadership.Appointed to India’s High-Level Committee on the Status of Women by Indian Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, she reviewed and recommended changes to laws, policies and programs affecting India’s 650+ million women and recommended a 33% quota for women at all levels of political representation. At the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, she worked on the re-launch of the 16 Days of Activism global campaign. As an activist, administrator and educator, she brings an intersectional understanding of global issues, sensitive to varying cultural contexts and geo-political alignments.Born into a family with a tradition of women in politics, Manira has lived and worked on the periphery of politics. As chief strategist of a political consulting firm, she has organized election campaigns, specialized in personal/political narrative building and strategically positioned young and emerging politicians while crisis-managing their media coverage.Manira has, in the past, identified, supervised and monitored donor- grantee organizations, led large multi-faceted creative teams, produced and scripted award-winning documentaries for international broadcasters and taught feminist studies at Rutgers University. Her script for the documentary “Silent Screams – India’s Activism Against Rape” in the aftermath of the 2012 “Nirbhaya’ rape case, received critical international acclaim, including a New York Film Academy Award.
In this episode, Vaishnavi and Kirthi speak to writer and gender-rights activist Paromita Bardoloi.
Episode 39 - Tena Pick

Episode 39 - Tena Pick


In this episode, Vaishnavi an Kirthi speak to Tena Pick, a gender equality activist, educator, and social impact assessment specialist, as well as the founder of Project Kal.
In this episode, Vaishnavi and Kirthi speak to Norette Turimuci, the Executive Director of Resonate.
On the occasion of International Women's Day, Bhavana Akella, Rohitha Naraharisetty, Sri Indrasenan, Malavika Mani, Vaishnavi Pallapothu, and Kirthi Jayakumar share their rendition of The Rapist in You.
On the occasion of International Women's Day, Harini Ravi, Raakhee Suryaprakash, Suraksha Chandrasekar, Vasanthi Shweta, and Yashasvini Rajeshwar perform Maya Angelou's poem, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."
In this episode, Vaishnavi and Kirthi spoke to Neesha Amrish, a designer who makes sustainable, non-violent, and environment-friendly clothing through her line of work with Ahimsa Silk.
Episode 35 - Mary Kate

Episode 35 - Mary Kate


In this episode, Kirthi and Vaishnavi interview Mary Kate Costello, Senior Policy Analyst and UN Representative, The Hunger Project. Mary Kate joined The Hunger Project family as a Policy Analyst in August 2014. She had previously been a Fellow for the Alliance for International Youth Development – in partnership with InterAction – and the Executive Program Director for Youth Futures International (YFI) in Ghana. As Senior Policy Analyst, Mary Kate is responsible for The Hunger Project’s global advocacy, namely multilateral diplomacy with the UN and World Bank and participation in various civil society coalitions. This includes scaling up the Movement for Community-led Development, prioritizing women-centric programming, proving sustainable impact from partnerships with local government, and influencing policy environments that enable youth engagement and integrated development approaches. Mary Kate was co-chair of the Alliance to End Hunger’s International Working Group from 2017 – 2019. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Round Table in DC and co-leads the design and investment strategies for The Hunger Project’s Youth Engagement Strategy. Mary Kate holds a BA in Political Science and minors in Eastern European Studies and “Faith, Peace and Justice” from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She also studied Third World politics and ethics in government at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and is currently a candidate for her Master of Arts in International Relations in the School of International Studies at American University.
Comments (3)

Papajetski 007

this is the retardifesto podcast

Feb 16th

Basker Balraj

What nonsense she is talking about?

Nov 8th

Jessica Xalxo

I'm so excited to learn more through the conversations at Feminifesto, especially through an Indian lens - with all its intersections. Looking forward to the first episode, Kirthi and Vaishnavi!🙌

Sep 23rd
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