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Women Bishops, Housework, Living with HIV

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 09 July 2012

Housework and why it still divides the genders. As the Church of England's Synod prepares to vote on plans to allow women to become bishops, we look at the implications of what would be the biggest development since the ordination of women was approved 18 years ago. HIV and why it's no longer a barrier to becoming a mother. We hear from the artist behind a public art project involving more than 400 women and talk about its installation at Tate Modern.
Producer: Emma Wallace
Presenter: Jane Garvey.

Chapters

4 items
  • Women Bishops

    Jane Garvey spoke to two women on either side of the debate - Alison Rouoff, a lay member of the General Synod, and Reverend Dr Miranda Threlfall-Holmes, Chaplain at Durham University.

  • Housework

    Jane is joined by Tess Lanning, research fellow at the IPPR, to find out what we know about who does what.

  • Women and HIV

    Jane talks to Amanda, who was diagnosed with HIV in 2010 and is now pregnant, and to Genevieve Edwards from the Terrence Higgins Trust, and Dr Michael Brady of King's College Hospital.

  • Suzanne Lacy - Crystal Quilt

    Jane Garvey met Suzanne Lacy ahead of the opening at Tate Modern to hear about the original project and performance.

  • Housework Week

    From washing up the casserole pot to cleaning the loo, who does the housework in your house, and how much? Jane is joined by Tess Lanning, research fellow at the IPPR, to find out what we know about who does what, and why it seems the domestic dividing lines are still drawn on the grounds of gender.

  • Women and HIV

    It’s 30 years ago this month since the death of Terrence Higgins - the first person in the UK to be publically identified as having AIDS. During that time there have been many developments and new approaches to treatment which mean that living with HIV is no longer a 'gay issue', no longer a death sentence if diagnosed early, and no longer a barrier to parenthood. Jane talks to Amanda, who was diagnosed with HIV in 2010 and is now pregnant, to hear about her personal experience. And Jane also discusses the improvements in testing, treatments, and life-expectancy, and the obstacles that are still to be overcome, together with Genevieve Edwards, Executive Director of Communications and Health Improvement at the Terrence Higgins Trust, and with Dr Michael Brady, HIV specialist and doctor at King's College Hospital.

  • Suzanne Lacy

    This summer Tate Modern opens The Tanks - the new galleries that have been created using the former power plant’s disused oil tanks. One of their first acquisitions for the new space is Suzanne Lacy’s filmed performance The Crystal Quilt - a public art project and performance that now exists in the form of a video, documentary, quilt, photographs, and sound piece. The project took place over three years, culminating in a huge performance event in 1987 - 430 women over 60 years of age talking about their lives, whilst sitting round tables with red, yellow and black tablecloths, creating the visual effect of a quilting pattern. Jane Garvey met Suzanne Lacy ahead of the opening at Tate Modern to hear about the original project and performance, as well as Suzanne’s plan to create a happening to complement the Crystal Quilt later in the summer at the gallery. Any older women interested in taking part can contact Tate at action.lacy@tate.org.uk.

    Tate Modern - Crystal Quilt
  • Women Bishops

    The question of whether women can become bishops in the Church of England is high on the agenda at the General Synod. By the end of today, women may officially be allowed to be ordained as bishops, although there is also a chance that the vote will be adjourned. The irony is that some people who have campaigned for their ordination will vote against the motion – because of an amendment allowing parishes to demand a man instead, which they say will effectively enshrine discrimination in law. Before they went into this morning’s session of the Synod, Jane Garvey spoke to the BBC’s Religious Affairs Correspondent Robert Piggott, and to two women on either side of the debate - Alison Rouoff, a lay member of the General Synod, and to Reverend Dr Miranda Threlfall-Holmes, Chaplain at Durham University.

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