Women's Hour

Fatimah Asghar, teenagers and alcohol, nursing's gender pay gap

The poet and writer Fatimah Asghar is the voice behind the web series Brown Girls. She talks about her experience of being a young Pakistani American woman and tells us about her new poetry collection. Men hold one in five of the best paid jobs in nursing, why? Alison Leary Professor of Health Care at London South Bank University tells us about the latest study in the nursing gender pay gap. The writer Mariam Khan talks about her anthology ‘It’s Not About The Burqa’ with Salma El-Wardany who contributed a piece about sex. Is it a good idea to introduce children to alcohol in the family home? How can they be encouraged to have sensible drinking habits? Mandy Saligari, a former addict and author of Proactive Parenting, and Dorothy Newbury-Birch a Professor of Alcohol and Public Health Research at Teeside University discuss. Clara Schumann was a famous pianist in the 19th century. 2019 is her bicentenary. We hear about her life and success from Beverley Vong, curator of the Clara Schumann Festival at St John's Smith Square and Lucy Parham who created the I, Clara stage tour. Why is genital herpes still a source of embarrassment? Marian from the Herpes Virus Association and Slyvia and Jess talk about their experiences of herpes. The artist and author Laura Dodsworth tells us about her latest project which features images of 100 vulvas. Two of the women photographed for the book - Womanhood: The Bare Reality - Lily and Saschan join the conversation. Presented by Jane Garvey Produced by Rabeka Nurmahomed Edited by Jane Thurlow

Women In Film, Female MP's joining the Independent Group, Mariam Khan

Of the twelve MPs who resigned so far this week from the Labour and Conservative parties, seven of them are women. Jane speaks to Sarah Childs, Professor of Politics and Gender at Birkbeck University about the significance of their resignations. The first survey of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in young people in the UK suggests girls are twice as likely to develop PTSD following a traumatic experience, with 1 in 13 young people across the UK having had post-traumatic stress disorder before reaching the age of 18. Andrea Danese, Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Kings College London explains the implications of the survey and Flo Sharman who experienced PTSD and is an ambassador for mental health charity MQ. The 2019 Oscars are on Sunday - and this year the hashtag #OscarsSoMale has been trending. That’s because not one woman has been nominated in the Best Director, Original Score, Film Editing and Best Picture categories. Only 25% of non-acting Oscar nominations this year went to women. Radio 4 film podcast presenter and playwright Melody Bridges shines a light on some of her favourite women in film with three of her favourite films directed by women who she believes were snubbed an Oscar win for Best Director. How much do you know about herpes? 7 out of 10 people over the age of 25 carry a type of the virus, but it’s still a source of embarrassment and frequently misunderstood. We speak to three women who have genital herpes about the impact it’s had on their lives, and the reality behind the myths It’s Not About the Burqa” features seventeen essays from Muslim women speaking frankly on topics as wide ranging as the hijab and wavering faith, love and divorce, feminism, queer identity, sex, and the twin threats of a disapproving community and a racist country. The writer and activist Mariam Khan talks to Jane about why she wanted to put the anthology together, with writer and poet Salma El-Wardany on her essay A Gender Denied; Islam, sex and the struggle to get some. Presenter: Jane Ga

Afghan Women and the Peace Negotiations

Jenni speaks to Mary Akrami, director of the Afghan Women’s Network and Sunday Times Chief Foreign Correspondent and author, Christina Lamb who has been reporting on Afghanistan for decades. Why are there no women involved in the current peace negotiations involving the US negotiators and the Taliban? And what could be the consequences for women? Clara Schumann might not be the best known composer with her surname, but her ability and talent as a pianist made her a star in the 19th Century. 2019 is her bicentenary, and she’s being celebrated around the country. We’re joined by curator of the Clara Schumann Festival, Beverley Vong, and Lucy Perham, whose tour ‘I, Clara’, tells the composer’s story through her letters and music. Over the last 6 weeks we have been hearing from listeners about the family secrets they have discovered and how their lives and relationships were changed by the revelations. Lots of you have been in touch to tell us how the tales and their tellers have chimed with you. Psychotherapist Sue Cowan-Jenssen discusses the power and fall-out of family secrets. Laura Bates has just written her debut novel for young adults called The Burning. Inspired by the real stories of teenage girls contributing to the Everyday Sexism Project Laura created in 2012, the book tells the parallel stories of two young women, 15 year old Anna who is mercilessly bullied after a topless photo of her is shared by a boy at her school and Maggie, who lived 400 years earlier and was accused of witchcraft.

Family secrets, Who was Mary Macarthur? Poet Fatimah Asghar, Gender pay inequalities in UK nursing

More Family Secret, today we hear from Prue who's niece brought her a DNA kit for her 70th Birthday. When she found out that she could find people with matched DNA, she was shocked to discover that the man who brought her up was in fact NOT her biological father. Since then she's been trying to find him. Reporter Jo Morris meets her at her home to talk about the impact the news had on her. Nursing is predominantly a female occupation in the UK, but men still hold one in five of the best paid jobs, according to a new study by London South Bank University . Jenni talks to Professor Alison Leary, Chair of Workforce Modelling, who headed up the study called ‘Nursing pay by gender distribution in the UK - does the Glass Escalator still exist?’ Rouse, Ye Women! a folk opera is currently on tour around the country. It tells the tale of Mary Macarthur, a female trade unionist in the early part of the twentieth century who relentlessly fought for better working conditions and pay for women. We hear from actor and singer, Bryony Purdue who plays the activist and Mary’s biographer, Dr Cathy Hunt. And Fatimah Asghar, is an impassioned voice on the experience of young Pakistani-American women and the voice behind the web series Brown Girls. She shares some of her debut poetry collection which examines daily microaggressions and the long term trauma that the Indian-Pakistani partition has had on her culture. Presenter Jenni Murray Producer Beverley Purcell Guest; Bryony Purdue Guest; Dr Cathy Hunt. Guest; Fatimah Asghar Guest Prof. Alison Leary Reporter Jo Morris

Parenting: Vaccinations

Measles cases in Europe have tripled between 2017 and 2018. It's the highest number recorded this decade, according to the World Health Organisation and in America, two states are experiencing an outbreak of measles. Jane is joined by Helen Bedford, Professor of Children’s Health at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and Samantha Vanderslott, social sciences researcher at Oxford Vaccine Group to discuss parental attitudes to vaccinating children.

The Shamima Begum case, #OscarsSoMale, Young people and alcohol

A look at the issues raised by the case of Shamima Begum the 19 year old former east London schoolgirl who travelled to Syria back in 2015 to join the Islamic State group. We hear from Huda Jawad a Muslim feminist, Nimra Tahir who's a lawyer and Saiqa Ali from WARN - Women Against Radicalisation Network. As we approach this year's Oscars which has seen the #OscarsSoMale trending Jane talks to Radio 4 film podcast presenter and playwright Melody Bridge No women have been nominated in the Best Director, Original Score, Film Editing and Best Picture categories this year with only a quarter non-acting Oscar nominations going to women. Yesterday she talked about some of the films that have missed out. Today she compares modern female film makers with some of their counterparts in the past. What do you do if you suspect your child is drinking alcohol and everything seems to be getting out of control? And what’s the best way to introduce alcohol to your child – if at all? Jane speaks to Mandy Saligari, a former addict and author of ‘Proactive Parenting’ and Dorothy Newbury-Birch, Professor of Alcohol and Public Health Research, School for Social Sciences, Humanities and Law at Teeside University. This is an edited version of the original broadcast. Presenter Jane Garvey. Producer Sej Asar Guest; Huda Jawad Guest; Nimra Tahir Guest; Saiqa Ali Guest; Melody Bridge Gust; Prof. Dorothy Newbury-Birch

Nadine Labaki, Vulvas, Films

The 2019 Oscars are on Sunday and no women are in the Best Director category. However, one woman's made it in the Best Foreign Language category. She's Nadine Labaki, the director of Capernaum. She's also the first Lebanese woman ever to be nominated for an Oscar. Capernaum is set in the slums of Beirut and follows a young boy called Zain who sues his parents for giving him life. Staying with the Oscars, this year we have the hashtag #OscarsSoMale. That’s because some categories contain no women nominees at all. They are: Best Director, Original Score, Film Editing and Best Picture. Overall women make up just a quarter of this year's nominees across the board. Melody Bridges who presenters a Radio 4 podcast about films joins us to shine a light on some of her favourite women in film history who haven't been nominated, but deserve recognition. Photos of a hundred vulvas. That's what Laura Dodsworth's latest book is all about. It's called Womanhood: The Bare Reality. Laura was last on Woman's Hour talking about a companion book called Manhood: The Bare Reality which included pictures of a hundred penises. Lily and Saschan are also with us in the studio talking about why they agreed to take part in the book.

Tracey Neville Head Coach of the England Women's Netball Team, Working as a Barrister, Vaccinations

Head Coach of the England Netball Team, Tracey Neville tells us about her work to get Netball recognised as a professional sport. New research shows almost two thirds of those who left the Bar on the Western Circuit over the last six years were women. Why is it so difficult for women to progress in a career as a barrister? We hear from Sarah Langford who specialises criminal and family law and Arlene Small a specialist in family finance and children work. Cases of measles in Europe have tripled between 2017 and 2018 the highest recorded this decade according to the World Health Organisation. Helen Bedford, Professor of Children’s Health at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and Samantha Vanderslott a Social sciences researcher at Oxford Vaccine Group discuss the recent outbreaks in America and why some parents are reluctant to get their children vaccinated. The day before Valentines Day has now become Galentines day, a day to celebrate female friendships. Claire Cohen Women’s Editor at the Daily Telegraph and Rachel Pashley a marketing consultant and the author of New Female Tribes discuss whether the concept of gal pals is a good thing. Breast ironing is a way to stop teenagers breasts from growing. It’s painful but mothers in some communities call it tradition and believe it will protect their daughters from sexually assault. It happens in some African countries but has been recorded in the UK too. Milly Kerr from the National FGM Centre tells us what the UK government is doing to tackle this form of child abuse. The textile artist Clare Hunter tells us about the importance of sewing when it comes to protest banners and story telling tapestry’s. Fran Thomas, who can have up to 15 epileptic fits a day, tells us how her seizures are linked to her menstrual cycle. Dr Simona Balestrini an epilepsy expert explains why new research should bring better and new treatment options to women. Presented by Jenni Murray Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed Editor: Beverley Purcell

Being a barrister, Historian Suzannah Lipscomb, Stopping Breastfeeding

New research highlights how many women leave the bar mid-career. So why is it so difficult for women to progress in a career as a barrister? We hear from a barrister currently on maternity leave and another who has returned to the profession after having children. After our programmes on feeding your baby, you told us how hard it is to find help if you’re, for whatever reason, trying to stop breastfeeding. Whether its dealing with a baby or child who doesn’t want to stop, staying full of milk when you need to go back to work, or dealing with the emotional and hormonal fall out. You wrote to us about all of these things. So what should women be aware of when they stop breast feeding? And what can they do to help themselves and their babies? We speak to International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Clare Meynell and Clare Byam-Cook, author of 'What to expect when you're breast-feeding, and what if you can't?' Historian Suzannah Lipscomb uncovers the lives, behaviours and attitudes to love, marriage and sex of ordinary 16th and 17th century French women. Based on the evidence of over a thousand cases brought before the moral courts of the Protestant church of Languedoc. She joins Jenni to discuss her new book ‘The Voices of Nimes - Women, Sex & Marriage in Reformation Languedoc. We remember the author Andrea Levy We hear the fifth story of our family secrets series. Presenter: Jenni Murray Producer: Helen Fitzhenry Interviewed guest: Arlene Small Interviewed guest: Sarah Langford Interviewed guest: Suzannah Lipscomb Interviewed guest: Clare Meynell Interviewed guest: Clare Byam-Cook

Tracey Neville: Head Coach of the England Women’s Netball Team

Netball is played in schools across the UK, but as a professional sport has had little recognition. When the England Netball team took home Gold at the Commonwealth Games last year, that changed. Head Coach Tracey Neville joins us to discuss the impact that moment had, and what she loves so much about the game. In the UK, there are 800,000 disabled children under the age of 16 - nearly all of them live at home and are supported by their families. But what happens when their behaviour becomes so challenging you struggle to look after them? We look at the difficult decision to consider whether residential care might be the answer not only for them but for you and the rest of the family. We hear from Sharon King, mother of three older children all of whom are on the autism spectrum, and Amanda Batten Chief Executive Contact a charity for families of disabled children. Breast ironing is a way to stop teenagers’ breasts from growing. It’s painful and sometimes involves large, hot stones pushing down on the breasts. Hammers or spatulas are also used, and so are elastic belts or binders. Usually mothers do it, calling it tradition and saying that it stops their daughters being sexually attractive or sexually active. It happens in several African countries but cases have been recorded in the UK too, although it’s impossible to know the true scale. This week the UK Government has called it child abuse and says it will be dealt with in law. Laura Mucha has spent her life trying to understand romantic relationships and has now brought interviews with strangers together with research studies in her new book. She discusses her findings and how they’ve helped her own approach to love. Presenter: Jenni Murray Producer: Kirsty Starkey Interviewed Guest: Amanda Barren Interviewed Guest: Sharon King Interviewed Guest: Tracey Neville Interviewed Guest: Milly Kerr Interviewed Guest: Laura Mucha

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