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Women and reggae, domestic violence, embryoscope use in fertility treatment and the 80-year-old GP

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 27 April 2012

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.

Chapters

4 items
  • Domestic violence - patterns of behaviour

    Jenni talks to Kate Painter, a facilitator on the WRSAC pattern changing programme, a woman who has completed the 14 week course, and Anne Haynes of charity SeaChange.

  • 80 Year Old GP Elspeth Russell

    She retired last Thursday and joins Jenni to discuss her career.

  • Women in Reggae

    To discuss, Jenni is joined by music journalist Jacqueline Springer and by Lovers Rock artist Carroll Thompson, who sings live on the programme.

  • Egg sharing feedback + Embryoscope

    Your views on egg-sharing, plus the Embryoscope - a special type of incubator containing a time lapse camera. Jenni talks to Alison Campbell, Head of Embryology at CARE Fertility Manchester.

  • Domestic Violence - How Women Can Change Their Behaviour?

    The Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre [WRSAC] in Cornwall runs a programme which helps women to break patterns of behaviour that encourage them to return to an abusive partner. This week the centre 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 a woman 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.

  • Egg-Sharing - Listener Responses

    On Monday’s Woman’s Hour we took a look at the first ever study of egg-sharing between women undergoing fertility treatment in the London Women’s Clinic. It shows that the majority of the women sharing eggs (both donors and recipients)have a great deal of empathy for each other and were pleased that they'd been involved in the process. We hear some listener responses to the item.

  • 80 Year Old G.P

    It's not unusual for GPs to work into their late 60s, but not many continue to work until 80. Dr Elspeth Russell has been a GP in the Manchester area for over 50 years, spending most of that time at a practice in Timperley, Cheshire. She is known there to generations of patients and can remember the days of polio and tonsillectomies done on the kitchen table. She retired last Thursday and joins Jenni to discuss her career.

  • Embryoscope

    Embryoscope

    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.

    Image shows Alison Campbell with baby Isabella. The screen shows Isabella as an embryo developing inside the Embryoscope

    Care Fertility
  • Women and Reggae

    A documentary on the life of Bob Marley is in cinemas nationwide. Alongside his backing group The Wailers, Marley was joined on stage by three female vocalists who went under the name of the I-Threes. They were Judy Mowatt, Bob’s wife Rita Marley and Marcia Griffiths, who had 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’ll sing live on the programme.

    Carroll Thompson and Janet Kay will be performing live at the Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, London, N1 2UD Friday 11th May. Doors open at 7pm.

    Carroll Thompson's fan page on Facebook

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