Takeover 2019 - Harriet Wistrich, lawyer and founder of Centre for Women's Justice
Harriet Wistrich is a human rights lawyer and founder and director of the Centre for Women's Justice. Her cases are consistently in the news – the fight to keep the so-called ‘black cab rapist’, John Worboys in prison and the release of Sally Challen, who had been imprisoned for the murder of her abusive husband. As part of our Takeover week Harriet discusses surviving a disabled sibling, her admiration for Claudia Clare a ‘subversive ceramicist’, the treatment of women accused of lying about a rape allegation, and why Zem Zem Mohammed, an Eritrean refugee, is someone she holds in great esteem.
She may not be a household name but we know her cases well. How does a feminist lawyer relax who works tirelessly for the good of women she believes are being mistreated by the criminal justice system? And what compels her to continue to seek justice?
When Harriet Wistrich was just eleven years old her disabled brother, Matthew, died. It was the 1960’s and a time when disabled people were institutionalised, shut away and not spoken about. She speaks to her friend’s daughter, Atiha Sen Gupta, a playwright, who also lost a disabled brother, Nihal, in 2001 when he was 17 and she was 13. What did their different experiences of loss highlight for Harriet in terms of grief, guilt and how society's attitudes to disability changed in that 30 years?
As a human rights lawyer Harriet’s focus is on the treatment of women in the criminal justice system. What happens to women who have alleged rape and who then find themselves charged with perverting the course of justice when it’s suspected they have lied? She discusses how the system needs to change with Gillian Jones QC who worked on the case of Jemma Beale.
Zem Zem Mohammed escaped Eritrea at the age of 18 and spent five traumatic years crossing the Sahara to Sudan and then to Libya and to the UK to claim asylum via Italy and Malta. Now 37, settled with her husband and two children, she works as a Health and Safety inspector on the railways at nights wearing a hard hat over her hijab. Her extraordinarily resilience and entrepreneurial spirit was something Harriet Wistrich wanted to celebrate as part of her Woman’s Hour takeover
Claudia Clare is an artist who uses her ceramics to record and celebrate stories of feminist activism. We find out why she thinks ceramics are the best way to be what she says is subversive.
Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Kirsty Starkey
Interviewed Guest: Harriet Wistrich
Interviewed Guest: Atiha Sen Gupta
Interviewed Guest: Gillian Jones
Interviewed Guest: Zem Zem Mohammed
Interviewed Guest: Claudia Clare
Takeover 2019 - Nadiya Hussain, TV cook, author, presenter
Nadiya Hussain says, "My edition of Woman’s Hour focuses on time, and our lack of it! Having enough ‘time’ for everything feels like a constant battle. We're juggling childcare and career demands and I wonder whether women are feeling the pressure more than ever before, and more than men. I'm looking at what we can do to relax and switch off, and tell you what works for me!"
To talk a bit more about Nadiya's ideas we're joined by the food writer Bee Wilson, gardener Hollie Newton and psychologist, Dr. Katherine Garzonis from the Mental Health Foundation.
Black maternal health, Netball World Cup, Imposter Syndrome
Black women are five times more likely to die in childbirth compared to white women. We hear the personal experiences of two women: Candice Brathwaite who got sepsis after her caesarean section and Remi Sade who felt she was pushed towards a more medically managed birth than she wanted. We also hear from Daghni Rajasingam a consultant obstetrician from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Clinical psychologist Jessamy Hibberd on her book, The Imposter Cure and listener, Claire Poole who runs two businesses on how she sometimes fears being found out as not really good enough despite doing her job extremely well.
As the Netball World Cup draws to a close this weekend we talk about how the game has changed over the years with the BBC presenter Hazel Irvine and the former England player Sara Bayman. Three volunteers from the tournament, Caswell Palmer, Mandy and Hannah Cripps tell us why they love the game so much.
The owner of Zara has announced that all the cotton, linen and polyester it uses will be organic, sustainable or recylcled by 2025. Tamsin Lejeune the CEO & Founder of Common Objective and Ethical Fashion Forum tells us about the significance of the move and what sustainable means in the context of a high volume fashion business.
David Trimble, a leading figure in Northern Irish politics and joint Nobel Peace Prize Winner who now sits in the house of Lords, surprised the House this week. He stood up during a debate about Northern Ireland to say his daughter had married her girlfriend, even though he had in the past opposed same sex marriage and voted against it. Vicky Trimble and her wife Rosalind Stephens give their reaction to his speech.
Presented by Jenni Murray
Produced by Rabeka Nurmahomed
Edited by Jane Thurlow
Interviewed guest: Candice Brathwaite
Interviewed guest: Remi Sade
Interviewed guest: Daghni Rajasingam
Interviewed guest: Jessamy Hibberd
Interviewed guest: Claire Poole
Interviewed guest: Hazel Irvine
Interviewed guest: Sara Bayman
Interviewed guest: Tamsin Lejeune
Interviewed guest: Vicky Trimble
Interviewed guest: Rosalind Stephens
Women's sport, Muslim women ex-offenders, Introverts, Sustainable fashion.
How best can we harness the huge amount of interest created by recent big sporting moments to inspire more women and girls to take up sport? Jenni is joined by Dame Katherine Grainger who is Britain’s most decorated female Olympic athlete of all time and Chair of UK Sport. Ali Oliver is the current CEO of Youth Sport Trust and has worked in education and sports development for 20 years and Iqra Ismail a 19-year-old football player and the Founder of NUR (‘Never Underestimate Resilience’) Women’s Football Club, an organisation that aims to increase BAME females’ participation in football.
A new report has found that female Muslim offenders face very real challenges returning to their communities after release - particularly due to honour and feelings of shame - and that attitudes to men are more forgiving. Jenni speaks to Sofia Buncy, who is the Founder and Coordinator of the Muslim Women in Prison Rehabilitation Project and is author of the report, Sisters in Desistance: Community-based Solutions For Muslim Women Post-Prison.
The owner of Zara and other brands like Pull & Bear and Bershka have announced that by 2025, 100% of the cotton, linen and polyester used will be organic, sustainable or recycled. So how significant is this move? And what does sustainable mean in the context of a high-volume fashion business? We hear from Tamsin Lejeune CEO & Founder of Common Objective and Ethical Fashion Forum
The dress historian Amber Butchart has been finding out about the history of some of the essential summer wardrobe staples. Today, the kaftan.
Jessica Pan, a shy introvert, set herself the challenge of living as an extrovert for a year. She forced herself to speak to strangers, take improv classes, perform stand-up comedy. Her book is entitled Sorry I’m late, I didn’t want to come. She joins Jenni to share what she learnt from the experience.
Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Dianne McGregor
Young composer Alexia Sloane: commissioned to write a piece for this year’s BBC Proms
Ahead of the world premiere of ’Earthward’ at the Proms, young composer Alexia Sloane talks to Jenni about the upcoming performance and the causes that inspire the music.
David Trimble, a leading figure in Northern Irish politics and joint Nobel Peace Prize Winner, now sits in the House of Lords. Last Wednesday it came as a surprise when he stood up in the House - during a debate about Northern Ireland - to say that his eldest daughter got married to her girlfriend, even though, in the past, he was opposed to same-sex marriage and voted against it. The party he used to lead – the UUP – used to be against it too. Vicky Trimble married her girlfriend, Roz, two years ago.
Jenni talks to Professor Dame Sally Davies as she prepares to leave her post towards the end of the year as the Chief Medical Officer for England to take on the role of Master at Trinity College Cambridge,.
Do you ever feel like a fraud, waiting to be found out? Clinical psychologist Jessamy Hibberd has a cure for “imposter syndrome”. And we hear from listener Claire Poole, who asks why the fear of not being good enough at work seems to affect women more than men.
Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Kirsty Starkey
Interviewed Guest: Vicky Trimble
Interviewed Guest: Rosalind Stephens
Interviewed Guest: Alexia Sloane
Interviewed Guest: Dame Sally Davies
Interviewed Guest: Dr Jessamy Hibberd
Interviewed Guest: Claire Poole