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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

Parenting: Nanogirl

You don’t need qualifications to teach your children about science. The founder of Nanogirl, aka Dr Michelle Dickinson, who set up a nanomechanical testing lab in New Zealand has created a cookbook to teach children about cooking and science at the same time. Michelle joins Jenni to talk about the significance of nanotechnology and easy ways for non-scientific parents to get their children into it.

Nanogirl, Tory leadership, Kenya sex law, Emilie Pine

We look at the prospects for the two women in the race for the Conservative Party leadership. Is there a chance the UK may see its third female Prime Minister? We hear from Rachel Sylvester, the award winning journalist who has interviewed them both and from Jessica Elgot, chief political correspondent for the Guardian about the view from the parliamentary lobby as MPs make their minds up ahead of the first ballot on Thursday. You don’t need qualifications to teach your children about science. The science blogger Nanogirl, aka Dr Michelle Dickinson, who set up a nanomechanical testing lab in New Zealand has created a cookbook to teach children about cooking and science at the same time. Michelle talks about the significance of nanotechnology and easy ways for non-scientific parents to get their children into it. Emilie Pine, an associate professor at University College, Dublin has written her first non-academic book, Notes to Self, a collection of essays about what it is to be a woman. She talks to Jenni about the taboo subjects she explores including infertility, miscarriage, menstruation and the effects of alcoholism in a family. Kenya's High Court has ruled against campaigners seeking to overturn a law banning gay sex. Gay sex in Kenya is punishable by up to 14 years in prison, although it is not clear whether there have ever been any convictions. Two women talk about the impact of this ruling on them and other queer women in Kenya.

Food writer Jack Monroe

Food writer and anti-poverty campaigner Jack Monroe’s new book ‘Tin Can Cook’ is filled with recipes made from tinned ingredients that can be bought from corner shops and supermarkets. An outspoken voice on poverty in the UK – her mission is to help people eat delicious food on a tight budget. She joins Jane in the studio to Cook the Perfect…Cannellini Beurre Blanc. Today Radio 1 Newsbeat will be broadcasting a 15 minute radio special about sex abuse in the music industry and the young female music fans and musicians being taken advantage of. We hear clips of young women talking about what they’ve suffered and a record company exec on what his label is trying to do about it. And to discuss the extent and nature of the problem, why it’s happening despite #metoo, and what needs to be done, Naomi Pohl, Deputy General Secretary of the Musicians’ Union discusses. Have we been doing pelvic floor exercises wrong? Can you ever do too many? And when should you really start doing them? We try to get to the bottom of the pelvic floor… We talk to Louise Kenyon, a Pilates instructor and Jane Simpson, a Continence Nurse Specialist who has written The Pelvic Floor Bible. Ugandan writer Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi discusses her new book Manchester Happened, a collection of short stories including 'Let's Tell This Story Properly', which won the Commonwealth Short Story prize. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Kirsty Starkey Interviewed Guest: Jack Monroe Interviewed Guest: Naomi Pohl Interviewed Guest: Louise Kenyon Interviewed Guest: Jane Simpson Interviewed Guest: Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Arundhati Roy, Returning to work, Treatment after smears

Arundhati Roy won the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997 with The God of Small Things. It was followed up twenty years later with Ministry of Utmost Happiness. Now she has just published My Seditious Heart, a collection of political essays written in the two decades between those novels. She had a lot of praise for the essays but also a lot of criticism for challenging subjects like the acquisition of land, environmental degradation, government elites and the impact on the poorest and most marginalised people in India. How easy has it been for you to get back into work after a long time away? Did you apply for hundreds of jobs before getting one? Were you able to return to what you wanted to do? We hear from two women who struggled. They are Tontschy Gerig and Emma Land. A cervical cancer charity says we don’t always know that treatments for abnormal smear tests can have side effects. Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust says some women experience bleeding, pain and even lose interest in sex after going for follow up procedures. They conducted a small survey and found that 1 in 5 women said that no one discussed side effects with them.

Weekend Woman's Hour: Women's Football World Cup, the word Wife, Chelsea Pensioner Helen Andrews

We look ahead to the Women’s Football World Cup in France with former England, Chelsea and West Ham player Claire Rafferty, BBC Women’s Sports reporter Jo Currie and Gemma Clarke author of Soccer Women: the Icons, Rebels, Starts and Trailblazers Who Transformed the Beautiful Game. The author Elif Shafak tells us about her latest novel 10 minutes 38 seconds In This Strange World. The Violinist Nicola Bennedetti talks about her new album a collaboration with the jazz legend Wynton Marsalis. The writer and journalist Francesca Segal tells us about her identical twin daughters born prematurely at 30 weeks and how her expectations of motherhood were shattered by their early arrival. As part of coaching week talk to Louisa Arnold and Kim Johnson about Project 500, a scheme to inspire and support women to become sports coaches. We hear about a new play Wife which explores the meaning of the word wife over 90 years with the director Indhu Rubasingham and Dr Rebecca Jennings lecturer in modern gender history at UCL. As we mark D Day this week we hear from Chelsea Pensioner Helen Andrews one of thousands of women who volunteered for the British Army at Bletchley Park during the Second World War. Presented by Jenni Murray Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed Editor: Eleanor Garland

Elizabeth McGovern, Trump's visit to D-Day: Decoding state ceremony

Elizabeth McGovern, best known in the UK for being Lady Cora in Downton Abbey is in a play in London at the moment called Starry Messenger. Elizabeth plays the wife of a man going through a mid-life crisis. Plus the latest Sadie and the Hotheads news. From President Trump’s state visit to D-Day celebrations, we reflect on a week of ceremony with Jess Brammar Executive Editor, HuffPost UK, Sarah Elliot Chair of Republicans Overseas UK, and Bonnie Greer, columnist with the New European newspaper, playwright and critic. We continue our look at women sports coaches as part of coaching week with tennis coach, Francesca Lewis. She fell in love with the game when she was just 8 years old, and she went on to compete in tournaments right across the world. But it was as a tennis coach, rather than a player, that Francesca really found her calling. She now trains some of the best junior players in the world at Swansea’s Regional Player Development Centre. Presenter: Jenni Murray Producer: Helen Fitzhenry

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