India has a poor record when it comes to the balance between the sexes. Gender bias begins early in conservative families where girls may be denied education and forced into household work. Playing sport is one way of challenging these gender stereotypes. But it's a struggle. From social discrimination to equal pay, sportswomen say they have to fight prejudice at every step. It starts with questions on their choice of sport and the way they dress, and moves on to why they want to step out of the house to compete in a game for men. Devina Gupta's guests have answered these questions by demonstrating their prowess in their chosen sports. Devina is joined by Hetal Dave, India's first and only professional female sumo wrestler, known to her fans as Sumo Didi; Aishwarya Pissay, champion off-road racer; and Diskit Angmo, ice hockey player from Ladakh. They discuss with her how sportswomen can level the playing field and achieve professional equality with men.
This week's programme is produced in conjunction with the BBC's Work Life India.
Fighting modern slavery
Across the globe an estimated forty million people are victims of modern day slavery, either in forced labour or forced marriages. Devina Gupta and her guests in Delhi discuss what can be done to end this.
In India alone around 18 million people live in modern slavery, according to the Global Slavery Index - although that statistic is questioned by the Indian government.
Joining Devina to explore the reality of this hidden world are Riya Singh, a young female activist who works to end oppression in India's unique caste system; Manoj Bhatt, country director, GoodWeave, an organisation that tries to spread awareness about slave labour in the global supply chain; and Colin Gonsalves, a senior advocate in India's top court, whose organisation rescues forced labour.
In the Balance is produced this week in conjunction with the Work Life India team.
Starting from scratch
What's the best strategy for starting a business from nothing? What if you have to start over - either in a new country or because of a business failure or setback in life? We hear from a Syrian refugee who started her cheese making business from the ground up and from South Africa we are joined by the managing director of an organisation advising small scale entrepreneurs who are doing business in tough conditions. Also in the programme, Ed Butler is joined by a venture capital funder who invests in tech start-ups and we'll hear from the leader of Britain's top foundation for boosting entrepreneurship, who says it takes a special type of person to start up a business from scratch.
Razan Alsous, founder of Yorkshire Dama Cheese
Neeta Patel, CEO at the Centre for Entrepreneurs; Entrepreneur-Mentor at London Business School
Wybrand Ganzevoort, managing director at Collective Value Creation
George Davies, partner at Hambro Perks
(Picture; A rocket taking off. Credit: Getty Creative)
Does the office have a future?
Thanks to technology, these days it’s possible to work almost anywhere. You can log on from your kitchen table, in a trendy café or even on the beach. So what’s the point of the noisy, crowded office? Perhaps it’s time we ditched the daily commute and found better places, and better ways, to get the job done. Manuela Saragosa has been discussing, with her three guests, just what kind of spaces we’ll be working in in future, and whether the office has some redeeming features after all.
Kay Sargent, director of workplace at architectural firm HOK
Iwo Szapar, remote work advocate & CEO at Remote-how
Stephen Wood, a specialist in workplace psychology and professor of management at the University of Leicester
(Picture:Office worker. Getty Images.)
How China Curbs Online Gaming
Online gaming and e-sports are huge industries, but there are concerns about over-use and addiction and the way gaming takes up the time of young people. China is forcing some of its biggest games companies to put restrictions on the number of hours a day under 18s can play. But do such curbs make any difference, both to the young gamers and to the gaming business itself? Rory Cellan-Jones hears from a gaming expert and former professional e-sports player, a former online gaming addict and an expert in China's gaming industry.
(Photo:Visitors uses console at the Cyber Games Arena (CGA) eSports venue in the Mongkok district of Kowloon in Hong Kong. January 2019.. Credit: Getty Images)