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Policing Testosterone and Other Gender-Based Discrimination in Sport: The Dutee Chand case and its aftermath

November 9, 201512:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Women's 200 meters respective silver and bronze medal winners from India Asha Roy (R) and Dutee Chand wave to the crowd after their race on the fifth and the final day of the Asian Athletics Championship 2013 at the Chatrapati Shivaji Stadium in Pune on July 7, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Manjunath KIRAN (Photo credit should read Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School presents Dr. Payoshni Mitra from the School of Media, Communication and Culture at Jadavpur University,  and Government-appointed Advisor to Dutee Chand.

Since 2011, sports organizations have blocked elite women athletes who have naturally high testosterone from competition, pushing some into medically unnecessary surgeries and/or pharmaceutical “treatments” in order to compete. Last year, the young Indian sprinter Dutee Chand challenged the rule at the “supreme court of sports,” the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and won. Chand’s phenomenal victory had a global impact, vindicating those who have raised concerns over the ethical, scientific and most importantly human rights issues related to all forms of sex testing or “gender verification.” Dr. Mitra’s lecture will describe the impact of the Chand case, especially its reception in India. She will also report on her experiences traveling and interacting with athletes in sports hostels all over India in relation with her current research project on Sports, Sexual Harassment and other forms of Gender-based discrimination.

This event is co-sponsored by Barnard’s Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.



November 9, 2015
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law


Jerome Greene Hall Case Lounge
New York, 10027 + Google Map