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Women in Somalia, swimming with whales, stay at home dads

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First broadcast:
Tuesday 30 August 2011

Jane Garvey talks to Ingrid Visser about swimming with killer whales. She discusses the Somalian famine and violence against women. Loretta Ables Sayres in South Pacific and what is the reality of being a stay at home dad?


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  • Famine and Sexual Violence in Somalia

    IIDA Women’s Development Organization's Miriam Yassim and Chatham House's Sally Healy discuss.

  • Swimming with whales

    Dr Ingrid Visser chat about how, for the past 20 years, she's been swimming with orca whales in New Zealand.

  • Stay-at-home dads

    The Fatherhood Institute's Duncan Fisher, IPPR's Dalia Ben-Galim and stay-at-home dad Anton Thorpe discuss the challenges.

  • Loretta Ables Sayre

    The South Pacific performer on how she went from a Honolulu nightclub to playing Bloody Mary on Broadway in an acclaimed production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

  • Famine and Sexual Violence in Somalia

    As famine hits the Horn of Africa yet again this summer, the UN estimates that nearly two million people in Somalia – a quarter of the population – have been forced to leave their homes in search of food. Camps for the displaced in the south of the country and over the border in Kenya have expanded to hold many thousands of people, and aid organizations report that women and children are the worst affected sections of the population. They also report that sexual violence against women is endemic in the camps. But why? Jane discusses the issues with Miriam Yassim from the IIDA Women’s Development Organization, which works with Somali refugees in Kenya, and by Sally Healy, who monitors events in Somalia from Chatham House.

    IIDA Women's Development Organization
  • Dr. Ingrid Visser: Swimming With Whales

    For most people the idea of swimming with killer whales would fill them with dread but not for marine biologist Dr Ingrid Visser. For the past 20 years she’s been swimming with the orca whales of New Zealand which are considered one of the most feared predators in the world. She is now the focus of a new BBC TWO TV documentary that reveals that the orca are becoming critically endangered due to overfishing and high levels of chemicals in the water. Ingrid is on a mission to save them.

    'The Woman Who Swims with Killer Whales’ is on BBC TWO on Wednesday 31 August, at 8pm.

    The Woman Who Swims with Killer Whales
  • Stay at Home Dads: The Challenges

    Not so long ago, the idea of dads staying at home to be full time child carers was seen as a bit of an oddity. Nowadays there seems to be increasing numbers doing so whether it be for a few months, few years and in some cases permanently. So what’s it like being a stay at home dad? And what are the challenges? Judy Merry visits the home of Anton Thorpe in Hasslingden, Lancashire who has been looking after his daughter for for the past six years. To discuss the issues Jane is joined by Duncan Fisher, co-founder of the Fatherhood Institute and Dalia Ben-Galim, Associate Director for Family, Community and Work at the Institute for Public Policy Research.

    Woman's Hour will be having a phone-in on Stay at home dads: the challenges on Wednesday 31 August.

  • Loretta Ables Sayre

    After a long, successful career as a jazz singer in her native Honolulu, Loretta Ables Sayre was considering hanging up her performing boots for a quieter life. But then, aged 50, she was plucked from her impending retirement to make her Broadway debut as Tonkinese pedlar Bloody Mary in South Pacific – a role that was beyond the wildest dreams of, in her words, “a short, round, brown girl from Hawaii”. Three years, rave reviews and a Tony Award nomination later, she’s now in Britain for the first time. She joins Jane to talk about how the much-loved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is part of her own personal history.

    South Pacific runs at the Barbican in London until 1st October before embarking on a nationwide tour from 12th October in Milton Keynes.

    South Pacific


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