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Britney Spears, Ballymurphy Campaigner Briege Voyle, Being Queer in Nigeria

Briege Voyle is the daughter of Joan Connolly, who, with nine other people, were shot dead by the British Army in Ballymurphy Northern Ireland in August 1971. Ahead of an upcoming inquest, Briege appears in a new film, The Ballymurphy Precedent and talks on Woman's Hour about the effect of her mother's death on her family and her determination to find out what happened back in 1971. This autumn will mark the 20th anniversary of Britney Spears' first single, "...Baby One More Time". It was the track that turned the then teenage singer into a star. She's had numerous pop hits, and some very public meltdown, but she's still hailed as the Princess of Pop. Music journalist Sarah Carson & journalist Owen Myers tell us what makes her so special and how she's become a gay icon. In a new series, journalist Sali Hughes talks to women about objects in their lives that are important to them. Today it's the turn of Margaret Cabourn-Smith. What does it mean to be gay in a country that criminalises homosexuality? A book 'She Called Me Woman' has collected accounts from queer Nigerian women about their experience of living in a society where you can be arrested for showing affection to someone of the same sex in public. We speak to one of the co-editors, Chitra Nagarajan. Presenter: Andrea Catherwood Reporter: Sali Hughes Producer: Lucinda Montefiore Editor: Karen Dalziel.

Weekend Woman's Hour: Legacy books, Age-gap relationships, Life after an affair

Listener week: where the content of the programmes has been suggested by Woman's Hour listeners. Anne Maguire and writer Julie Bindel talk about one of the best-selling lesbian novels of all time - An Emergence of Green by Katherine V Forrest. How do you go about rebuilding your relationship when your partner's had an affair? A listener we're calling Heather tells us her story and the relationship counsellor Anshu Rastogi gives some advice. Why do some people equate an interest in clothes and fashion with lack of seriousness? Dr Kate Strasdin, senior lecturer in 19th century dress at Falmouth University and Rachel Arthur a business journalist specialising in fashion and technology discuss. How do you best support a mother when her adult child dies? Jane Wessman's son Billy died when he was just 44 - she talks to Carolyn Brice from Compassionate Friends and Julia Samuel a grief psychotherapist. What are the challenges when you're in a relationship where one of you is much older than the other? Alice and Mike tell us about their 26 year age gap relationship and Dee Holmes from Relate offers advice. Over the past six months, the gender pay gap scandal has made the news and headlines but listener Jessica wanted to talk about the pay gap between white and BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) employees. Employment Lawyer Adele Edwin-Lamerton and ITN Journalist Natalie Morris join us. Listener, Louise Halling got in touch because she's frustrated to still be hearing the old adage 'A son is a son until he takes a wife. A daughter is a daughter all of her life'. Stephanie Calman joined Louise to discuss whether the cultural expectations around parenting sons is outdated. Presented by Jenni Murray Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed Editor: Jane Thurlow.

Listener Week: Long-distance love, Marie Kondo, BAME pay gap, Family abuse

Listener Week - where all the topics are chosen by you When a child is sexually abused, what impact does the ordeal have on their parents? We received an email from a listener who is struggling to talk to her daughter after she revealed she had been abused by a family friend. Chief Psychologist for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse Rebekah Eglinton and CEO of The Survivors Trust Fay Maxted join Jenni to offer some advice. Over the past six months, the gender pay gap has made national news and headlines - but what about the pay gap between white and BAME employees? It's a subject matter that one listener wanted the programme to cover. Employment lawyer Adele Edwin-Lamerton and ITN journalist Natalie Morris join Jenni. As our last legacy book of Listener Week, Jenni chats about Marie Kondo's The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up with listener Kaz McComb, whose life and self-esteem have been changed by Kondo's best-selling tips. She's joined by Ellen Scott, Lifestyle Editor at the Metro. Listener Emily wanted us to talk about long distance relationships. How do couples survive living apart? Are there any benefits? Emily currently lives in the UK and her partner lives in Germany - but he could soon be moving back to Vietnam. How will the time difference change things? What happens when you finally get to live in the same location? Bryony Leah is a writer and her boyfriend lives in the US and Alice is also a writer and her boyfriend has just moved back to the UK from Stockholm. Presenter: Jenni Murray.

Listener Week: Being Asexual, Post-adoption depression, Disability and Inclusion.

Listener Week - where all the topics are chosen by you Where do people who identify as asexual belong in a society preoccupied by sex? Bernice and her daughter Jessica who has Downs Syndrome, on creating a group for people with learning disabilities. Listener Dr. Kate Strasdin takes issue with the view that an interest in clothes equates to a lack of seriousness. How common is post-adoption depression? A listener, who we're calling Emma, talks about her own experience. Presenter: Jenni Murray Producer: Caroline Donne.

Listener Week: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Death of an adult child, Legacy books, Quilting

Jay Cahill left her job as a deputy head teacher to set up a community gym in Manchester. Her passion is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu which is a submission grappling full contact marital arts. Reporter Ena Miller visited the gym to hear about the women who are benefiting from her classes. How do you best support a mother when her adult child dies? Jane Wessman's son Billy died when he was aged 44. She talks to Jenni and they are joined by Julia Samuel, a grief psychotherapist and Carolyn Brice, Chief Executive of the national charity, The Compassionate Friends. The book that changed my life and I want to pass on. Anne Maguire nominates 'An Emergence of Green' by Katherine V Forrest. She joins the writer Julie Bindel to discuss one of the best selling lesbian novels of all time. Social media has breathed life into many hobbies and skills that once might have seemed old-fashioned, and quilting is a prime example. Listener Naomi tells us how she's made new friends with her hashtag #fussycuttingsewalong. And listener Penelope tells us about the gentle art, mathematics and design of quilting. Presenter: Jenni Murray Producer: Dianne McGregor.

Parenting: Death of an adult child

How do you best support a mother when her adult child dies? Woman’s Hour listener Jane Wessman’s son Billy died aged 44. Jane contacted Woman’s Hour to say that there is widespread ignorance in the general public about how to support parents whose world is forever shattered and would like the programme to address the subject. Jenni talks to Jane about her experience, to Julia Samuel, the grief psychotherapist and author of 'Grief Works' and Carolyn Brice, Chief Executive of the national charity, The Compassionate Friends, supporting bereaved parents and their families.

Listener Week: The aftermath of betrayal, Legacy books, Challenging cultural expectations

Listener Week - where all the topics are chosen by you How do you go about rebuilding your relationship when your partner has had an affair? A book you would like to pass onto the next generation. Emily introduces American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld Louise takes issue with the old adage, "A son is a son until he takes a wife. A daughter is a daughter all of her life." Grace asks why younger models are used to advertise products which relate to older consumers.

Listener Week: Legacy books, Age gap relationships, Adult bullying, Going grey.

Listener Week - where all the topics are chosen by you. The book that changed my life and I want to pass on. Huma Qureshi and Ronali Collings nominate The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahari. They explain the impact it had on them when they read it and how important it was to see their life reflected in fiction. Can an age gap make a difference to a relationship? We hear from a listener and her partner who's 26 years older than her. Does it really matter or is age really just a number? Jo Clift wants to discuss "the complex decision and feelings around letting your hair go grey after years of colouring". She wants to know whether, as a 53 year old woman who runs her own business if it'll affect the way that she is perceived professionally . And we're talking being bullied as an adult. It's normally associated with younger people and children but it can happen later in life too. What's the best way to handle it? Presenter Jane Garvey Producer Beverley Purcell.

Weekend Woman's Hour: Madonna at 60, Travelling alone, Breadwinners

As Madonna turns 60 we look at her influence on women in the music industry. Women may have to quit jobs to fill caring roles post Brexit - that's according to a Department of Health response to the Migration Advisory Committee. Is it a sexist assumption that women should do the caring, or just a statement of fact? Are you embarrassed to be the main breadwinner in your home? Why are women still worried about making more money than their male partner? T Who are the women in Heavy Metal that we should know about? Plus, what do you do when your child favours one parent over the other? The pros and cons of solo travel. And a look at the new play Home, I'm Darling - what would life be like for a 21st century couple to live as if it was the 1950s? Presented by Jane Garvey Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed Editor: Beverley Purcell.

Travelling solo, Refuge funding, Ruth Mancini, Women's unmet health needs

Government proposals to take short term supported housing out of the welfare system have been dropped. The announcement follows much lobbying by women's groups who argued that the proposal would have had a devastating effect on the future of Refuges across the country. Jane is joined by Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women's Aid. How does the idea of holidaying on your own make you feel? Does it fill you with utter dread or do you love the freedom it gives you? 59% of women in England and Wales are single, divorced or widowed and so it's not surprising the number of women searching for solo holidays has risen in the past three years. But choosing to go alone and having to go alone can be two very different experiences. Mandy Appleyard, a veteran solo traveller and Siam Goorwich, a very reluctant one discuss the pros and cons. Over the last few days we have been taking a closer look at a new report published by the British Medical Association this week. If women's health needs tend to be greater than men's over a lifetime what changes need to be made to the way healthcare is provided? Jane speaks to Professor Dame Parveen Kumar who sponsored the report, Paulette Winchester-Joseph, Deputy Clinical Lead for the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline and Sara Hiom, Director of Early Diagnosis, Cancer Research UK. Ruth Mancini's new novel, In the Blood, tells the story of Ellie, a secretive and challenging young mother who has been accused of poisoning her own child and leaving him to die and of criminal defence lawyer, Sarah Kellerman, who takes on this very difficult case, while also raising her severely disabled son. Like Sarah, Ruth is a criminal defence lawyer and has a severely autistic and learning-disabled child. In 2017, a study from the lifestyle website Refinery 29 spoke to 130 millennial women in heterosexual relationships, who are the breadwinners in their homes. The results found that the majority of women were still likely to be embarrassed or "worried" about making more money than their male partners.

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