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10/03/2011

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Thursday 10 March 2011

With Jenni Murray. The actor Olivia Williams talks about her role in the world première of Neil LaBute's new play 'In a Forest, Dark and Deep'. Whitehall has reached gender parity in its top departments, with eight women Permanent Secretaries and eight men - so how has this been achieved? Siphiwe Hlophe talks about her work with HIV/Aids in Swaziland, which has the highest HIV rate in the world. And, a campaign has been launched for a statue to the 'mother of British feminism' Mary Wollstonecraft on Newington Green. Jenni finds out about Wollstonecraft's early life in North London.

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  • Gender Parity in the Civil Service

    The glass ceiling of Whitehall appeared to be smashed - there is gender parity with those heading Whitehall’s top home departments, 8 women & 8 men. Minouche Shafik & Siobhan Benita discuss.

  • Olivia Williams

    Olivia Williams talks about her film career and latest theatre role in Neil LaBute’s new play In a Forest, Dark and Deep – a psychological thriller about sibling rivalry, and buried secrets!

  • Mary Wollstonecraft Statue

    A group is campaigning for a statue of Mary Wollstonecraft, the mother of British feminism Jenni is joined by Roberta Wedge and Barbara Taylor to discuss Mary’s early life.

  • Siphiwe Hlophe and Positive Women

    Siphiwe Hlophe had won a scholarship to a UK university when she discovered she was HIV positive. Swaziland has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world and she has set up a charity Positive Women.

  • Olivia Williams

    Olivia Williams

    Olivia Williams was handpicked by Kevin Costner for the film The Postman and she has since appeared in The Sixth Sense, An Education, and received critical acclaim for her role as the ex-Prime Minister’s wife in Roman Polanski's The Ghost. She is now on the London stage, starring opposite Matthew Fox (from Lost) in Neil LaBute’s new play 'In a Forest, Dark and Deep', a psychological thriller about sibling rivalry, confrontation and buried secrets.

    In a Forest, Dark and Deep opens at the Vaudeville Theatre on 14 March.

  • Gender Parity in Whitehall

    As of Friday last week the glass ceiling of Whitehall appeared to be smashed. For the first time, eight out of 16 civil service departments will be lead by women. As permanent secretary appointed to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Bronwyn Hill joins, amongst others, Dame Helen Ghosh at the Home Office, Ursula Brennan at the Ministry of Defence and Minouche Shafik at the Department for International Development. Minouche joins Jenni and Siobhan Benita, Head of Employment Engagement at the Department of Health, who curated a history of women in the civil service last year and is about to launch Tabelle, a new network for women across the civil service.

  • Mary on the Green - A tribute to the feminist Mary Wollstonecraft

    A group is campaigning for a statue of Mary Wollstonecraft, the mother of British feminism and author of “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman” to be erected in Newington Green, London. Mary made a powerful case for liberating and educating women and was an intellectual celebrity of her day. Jenni is joined by Roberta Wedge and Barbara Taylor to discuss the significance of Newington Green to Mary’s life, and how her background affected her contributions to education, political philosophy and human rights.

    Mary on the Green
  • Siphiwe Hlophe - Living with HIV/Aids in Swaziland

    Siphiwe Hlophe had won a scholarship to a UK university when she discovered she was HIV positive. Her husband left her, and she lost her place on the course studying agriculture. Swaziland has the highest rate of HIV in the world – with more than a quarter of the population infected. Siphiwe set up a charity to change the lives of people living with HIV and Aids in Swaziland – with practical and financial support, legal help and campaigning.

    Positive Women

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