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Tuesday 01 June 2010

Presented by Jenni Murray. A discussion of the UK treatment of gay and lesbian asylum seekers.
New Zealand Poet Fleur Adcock on a collection inspired by her experiences of wartime England. Suzy Macaulay reports on a performing arts scheme set up by a British woman to help street children in South Africa. 200 of them will perform in Cape Town before the World Cup matches. Your feedback on facebook and how your stories about desire could help shape a new Woman's Hour drama.


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  • The UK's Treatment of Gay and Lesbian Asylum Seekers

    According to a new report by the gay equality charity Stonewall – gay asylum-seekers who have been raped, tortured and threatened with imprisonment or death in their home countries are having their claims denied because of systemic discrimination in the British asylum system. Figures from the UKLGIG [the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group] claim the government here is refusing 98-99% of initial claims made by lesbian and gay asylum seekers compared to 73% for claims made on other grounds. Jenni talks to Prossy Kakooza who was abused by her family and raped by policemen in Uganda because she is a lesbian. Ruth Hunt, Deputy Director of Public Affairs at Stonewall, talks about the new report and calls for changes to the way in which the UK Boarder Agency treat claims from gay asylum seekers.

  • Fleur Adcock - Poet

    Fleur Adcock discusses her new book about memories of WWII. When the second world war broke out Fleur was on a boat travelling from New Zealand to England. Her first collection of poems for 10 years, draws on her experience of rationing and relocation.
    Fleur Adcock's collection is Dragon Talk.

  • Facebook Generation

    Following our item on social networking we asked for your thoughts, concerns and experiences of your children using social networking sites.

    Woman's Hour - Social Networking Item
  • South African Street Kids

    Suzy Macauley reports on a performing arts scheme set up by a British woman to help street children in South Africa. Two hundred of them will perform in Cape Town before the World Cup matches.

    Judy Westwater tells her story in a book called Street Kid: One Child's Desperate Fight for Survival.

    Pegasus Children's Trust
  • Stories of Desire

    Last year we asked for your personal experiences and stories of separation. We had a huge response and many elements of those e-mails ended up as part of a week long series of one-off dramas on Woman’s Hour, called Degrees of Separation. This year we are asking again for listeners to e-mail in, this time with their experiences of desire.

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