Dr Ruth, Maternal mortality in Yemen, Carrie Lam profile
One woman and six new-born babies die during pregnancy or childbirth every two hours in Yemen according to UNICEF statistics released recently. The organisation says this is a direct result of the conflict there. We hear from Malak Hasan, an advocacy and policy worker for UNICEF and Yemeni-born Mai Noman, Digital Content Editor for the BBC’s Arabic service.
Sex therapist Dr Ruth K Westheimer joins us to talk about a working life giving sex advice, and her recent 91st birthday celebrations. Dr Ruth became famous in the 1980s and 1990s with her frank advice about sex on radio and television. Born and brought up in Germany - she lost both her parents in the holocaust. She settled in America, writing and broadcasting about sex. She’s the subject of a new documentary ‘Ask Dr Ruth’ and was in the UK to take part in a debate at the Oxford union on pornography.
We profile Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam, the city’s first female leader, elected in 2017. Roughly two million people marched in Hong Kong on Sunday, demanding her resignation, even though she'd announced she'd pull back from a bitterly unpopular law that that would allow extraditions to mainland China. Tania Branigan, Guardian foreign leader writer and BBC’s Helier Cheung join Jane.
Presented by Jane Garvey
Produced by Jane Thurlow
Women obsessed with women, Returning to work, Jack Monroe
What's the fascination with films books and television programmes like Killing Eve where the story centres on women obsessed with other women? Author Joanna Briscoe and journalist Sirin Kale discuss.
We hear why a UK wide coalition of women’s organisations, represented by the Centre for Women’s Justice, has begun legal action against the Crown Prosecution Service claiming that rape cases are being dropped because of a change in policy and practice. Beth and Gina tell us what happened to them and Rachel Krys the co-founder of End Violence Against Women tells us what the coalition is hoping to achieve.
Food writer Jack Monroe Cooks the Perfect....Cannellini Beurre Blanc.
Emma Land and Tontschy Gerig tell us how the struggled to find work after a long period off.
The Booker Prize winner for fiction Arundhati Roy tells us about her new book of political essays focusing on environmental degradation, government elites and the impact on the poorest and most marginalised people in India.
Ell Potter and Mary Higgins tell us about their theatre show Hotter.
Presented by Jane Garvey
Produced by Rabeka Nurmahomed
Edited by Jane Thurlow
A New Series Exploring Teenage Mental Health
Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be devoting a lot of time to teenage mental health. If you’re reaching for the off switch you do need to hear this - people on the front line with real experience and insights. We’ll be talking to health professionals, teachers, parents and, finally, young people themselves. We aren’t naming any of them so they can talk freely. Today, two health professionals: a Consultant in Emergency Medicine who leads on Mental Health and, to begin with, a GP, the first point of call for many teenagers and their parents. You’ll hear them talking about CAM-H. – that’s an acronym for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
We discuss the latest front cover of French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo. It is an explicit and sexualised image of a football on a woman’s vulva. How have French feminists reacted to it and what is the impact on the Women’s Football World Cup which France is hosting?
For more than thirty years, Maud West ran a detective agency in London. What was it like being a female detective in the early 1900s? We hear from Susannah Stapleton on her new book about the life and career of Maud West, one of Britain’s first female detectives.
Why are women asked to undergo painful medical procedures without adequate pain relief, how prevalent is this, and what are the consequences? We hear from Paula Briggs, Consultant in Reproductive Health at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS, Katherine Tylko anti-hysteroscopy campaigner and a woman who recently underwent an hysteroscopy.
Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Kirsty Starkey
Interviewed Guest: Agnes Poirier
Reporter: Catherine Carr
Interviewed Guest: Susannah Stapleton
Interviewed Guest: Paula Briggs
Interviewed Guest: Katherine Tylko
Misogyny online, The week’s news, Talking about turn-ons
As new data shows just how many women are silenced by the threat of abuse online, we ask what is being done to make women feel safer on social media. And who is responsible for monitoring abusive content? Jane talks to Hannah Bardell MP, Leigh Hopwood, Chair of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and to Isobel Asher Hamilton, Tech reporter at Business Insider.
We discuss the news stories of the week - the elimination of the only two women in the Conservative leadership content, Esther v Lorraine and why the media loves to pit women against one another, the next John Lewis boss, and new Nike mannequins.
Ell Potter and Mary Higgins’ sell-out show Hotter talks about what gets you hot. Creators and ex-girlfriends Ell and Mary talk about discussing the ins and outs of their relationship with a room full of people, and bringing up masturbation with a 97 year old.
Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Helen Fitzhenry
Women obsessed with women, Hannah Arendt, CPS challenge
With the second series of the BBC's Killing Eve underway, Villanelle and Eve continue their obsession with each other. We discuss why the obsession women have for other women has become such a familiar dramatic theme – from Mrs Danvers in Rebecca, to Notes on a Scandal - with writer, Joanna Briscoe and journalist, Sirin Kale. We examine what is behind the resurgence in popularity of twentieth century political thinker, Hannah Arendt and The Origins of Totalitarianism with Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge. Why do so many feel her writing chimes with contemporary politics? And we look at why a number of women’s groups are planning to launch a legal action against the Crown Prosecution Service, saying it’s failing to prosecute cases of rape. We hear from Rachel Krys, one of the founders of End Violence Against women, and two women whose cases were dropped.
Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Ruth Watts