Women and reggae, domestic violence, embryoscope use in fertility treatment and the 80-year-old GP
Presented by Jenni Murray.
Earlier this month, Shane Jenkins admitted to gouging out the eyes of his lover Tina Nash. This wasn't the first time that Jenkins had attacked his girlfriend who, in the past, had helped to get him released from prison for previous offences of GBH. Many newspapers asked why Tina had continued to stay with such an abusive partner and it is a question that is now being addressed by the Women's Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre [WRSAC] in Cornwall. They run a pattern changing programme which helps women to break patterns of behaviour that encourage them to return to an abusive partner and this week they won a GSK Impact Award for their work with victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Jenni talks to Kate Painter - a facilitator on the WRSAC pattern changing programme - and to Jane who has completed the 14 week course. They are joined by Anne Haynes [co-director of the domestic violence charity Seachange] who works with the male perpetrators of domestic violence.
A documentary on the life of Bob Marley is now in cinemas nationwide and it features footage of both his private life and performances with The Wailers. His backing vocalists went under the name of the I-Threes. They were Judy Mowatt, Bob's wife, Rita Marley and Marcia Griffiths, who'd already had success with the song Young Gifted and Black. The I-Threes were a rare female presence amongst Jamaica's male dominated music industry and acted as role models for the women who followed in their footsteps. But reggae has continued to be dominated by men and the women who have succeeded have often had to battle against misogyny within their own community and a lack of commitment from the record industry at large. To discuss women in reggae, Jenni is joined by music journalist Jacqueline Springer and by Lovers Rock artist Carroll Thompson, who will sing live on the programme.
Three weeks ago, Isabella Potter from Wigan became the first baby in the UK to be born using an EmbryoScope. It's a special type of incubator containing a time lapse camera. This means that embryos do not need to be removed on a daily basis for inspection but can be much more closely monitored as a picture is taken every 20 minutes. Early results suggest that the EmbryoScope has been responsible for a 44% increase in clinical pregnancy rates compared to the use of standard incubators. And parents also get a video of their child as an embryo. To find out more about the EmbryoScope, Jenni talks to Alison Campbell, Head of Embryology at CARE Fertility Manchester where Isabella's parents received their fertility treatment.