ASHA Podcast

ASHA: Crossing Borders, Breaking Silences

Welcome to “ASHA: Crossing Borders, Breaking Silences”, the podcast that amplifies the powerful narratives of migrant women. ASHA means “hope” in many South Asian languages, and is a reflection of what we would like this podcast to be, hope that positive change can be made. Join us as we delve into the lives of survivors, activists, policy makers, journalists, and change-makers who play pivotal roles in enhancing our community. 

In each episode, we explore the untold stories of resilience, shedding light on the invaluable contributions these extraordinary women make to our society. From navigating the challenges of migration to breaking barriers in their respective fields, our guests inspire and empower us.

But it's not just about storytelling – "ASHA" is committed to driving meaningful change. We engage in conversations that aim to reshape policies, making them more empowering and equitable for migrant women in Ireland. Our spotlight is focused on addressing the nuanced experiences of domestic violence, advocating for solutions that foster safety, support, and justice. This podcast is part of a Pathway Fellowship funded by the Irish Research Council and the Science Foundation of Ireland, led by Dr. Arpita Chakraborty. 

Join us on this transformative journey as we break the silence and work towards creating a more inclusive and compassionate Ireland for all.


Episode One

In our first episode of "ASHA: Crossing Borders, Breaking Silences," we embark on a captivating journey with Dr. Alejandra Ramos, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics in Trinity College Dublin and a member of the CESifo Research Network. Specialising in gender and labour economics, Dr. Ramos takes us through the intersections of her work, delving into the complex ideas of intimate partner violence and gender norms.

Join us as we discuss Dr. Ramos's passion for this field and explore her research, including her paper, 'The effects of migration on intimate partner violence, evidence for exposure theory in Bangladesh.' In a candid conversation, we traverse the intricacies of gender-empowerment, bargaining dynamics.

Dr. Ramos opens up about the emotional challenges of researching gender-based violence and the importance of self-care in navigating these sensitive topics. In this episode, we not only gain insights into the academic intricacies of gender economics but also glimpse the humanity and dedication behind the research.