Woman's Hour - Women and Homophobia in Russia; Fashion and Gardens; Couples in Fiction
Homophobia in Russia and how it is affecting women; literary couples - happy ever after?; Beth Chatto - a treat from the archive; fashion and gardens; breast cancer and older women.
The organisation Human Rights Watch in Moscow has found that since federal laws were passed six months ago banning the promotion of homosexuality to minors, violence and abuse of homosexuals has increased dramatically. Liz MacKean has made documentary Hunted, exploring the terror that gay people in Russia are feeling. Liz and Tanya Cooper, Researcher for Human Rights Watch in Moscow, join Jane to explain how the situation is affecting women. As part of their Be Clear on Cancer Campaign, Public Health England have just launched a drive to raise awareness of older women about the increased risk they face of getting breast cancer. Around 13,500 women over 70 are diagnosed with the disease every year. Dr Maureen Baker, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners and Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive of the Breast Cancer Campaign join Jane. This week, we broadcast an archive interview with Beth Chatto, one of the most influential gardeners in Britain plus curator Nicola Shulman talks about a new exhibition, Fashion and Gardens, at the Garden Museum in London. JK Rowling has admitted that the relationship between Hermione and Ron would have ended up in relationship counselling and wonders whether Ron would have really been able to make Hermione happy. We ask author Jojo Moyes and writer Samantha Ellis which other couples in fiction would survive beyond the last page of a book and which are doomed to fail?
Presented by Jane Garvey Produced by Lucinda Montefiore.