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Women and unions, Celia Paul, at-home manicures

58 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 01 October 2012

Does chauvinism in trade unions exist today? artist Celia Paul on being the muse of Lucian Freud, new restrictions on IVF treatment, and manicures at home.
Presented by Jane Garvey.
Producer: Kirsty Starkey.


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  • Dr Sima Samar - Right Livelihood Award recipient

  • IVF – Restricted Access

  • Women And Unions

  • Celia Paul

  • DIY Beauty - Manicures

  • IVF – Restricted Access

    As of today NHS Fife is imposing further restrictions on access to IVF treatment for new patients. They say new couples applying will only receive treatment if neither of them smoke and if the woman is not obese. And then patients will receive up to two treatment cycles only. Jane is joined by Clare Lewis Jones, Chief Executive of the Infertility Network, and by Alan Maynard, Professor of Health Economics at York University, to discuss if this decision to apply stricter criteria for IVF eligibility is common across the UK.

  • Women And Unions

    Could chauvinism be the cause of declining union numbers? Britain’s unions are dominated by male leaders who do not understand the needs of women workers, and as more women enter the workplace, union membership is falling. That's the view of one academic who has been studying the reasons behind the union’s waning popularity. But is he right? Sarah Veale is the Head of Equality and Employment Rights at the TUC, which has just appointed its first female General Secretary in its 144 year history, and Getinet Haile is a Lecturer in Industrial Economics at Nottingham University’s Business School.

  • Celia Paul

    Artist Celia Paul studied at The Slade School of Art in the seventies, and was taught by Lucian Freud. She became his muse and life model, featuring in several of his paintings, such as Naked Girl With An Egg, and went on to have a child with him in 1984 – one of many children he had with several other women. As an artist, Celia’s muse was her own mother, whom she painted for more than 30 years, and she became known too for her paintings of her four sisters, and her portraits of other women. When Freud finally passed away last year, she painted a series of personal works called Separation, which is now about to be shown at Chichester Cathedral to accompany a new exhibition which will show her work alongside that of Gwen John at Pallant House Gallery. Celia Paul joins Jane Garvey in the studio to talk about her art, and the experience and influence of being muse to Lucian Freud.

    Gwen John and Celia Paul: Painters in Parallel is at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester from 6 October until 27 January 2013.

    Celia Paul’s Separation series at Chichester Cathedral is showing from 6 October to 20 November

  • DIY Beauty - Manicures

    While the idea of being pampered with beauty treatments is thoroughly appealing to many of us, time or expense means it’s not routine for lots of women. With a little patience and rather less cash, you can actually achieve good results at home with Do It Yourself treatments. Sali Hughes, who writes, blogs, and tweets about Beauty for The Guardian, invited Judi Herman to her Brighton home to show her how it's done. Today – how to give yourself the perfect manicure.

  • Dr Sima Samar - Right Livelihood Award recipient

    The Right Livelihood Award, often referred to as the 'alternative Nobel Prize', honours personal courage and social transformation. This year, an Afghan doctor and human rights activist, Sima Samar, is one of 4 recipients of the prize, for her 'longstanding and courageous dedication to human rights, especially the rights of women.' Sima started the Shuhada Organisation, which runs schools and clinics in Afghanistan, and she recently founded a higher education institute. She was briefly a part of the Afghan Interim Administration, and established the first ever Ministry of Women's Affairs. She's been Chair of the country's Human Rights Commission since its inception in 2004. She joins Jane down the line from Kabul.

    Right Livelihood Awards


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