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12/10/2012

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Friday 12 October 2012

Shy Children - what's a parent to do? Everyone knows about the loud and disruptive children at school. But more often in the majority are the shy, anxious children who are quiet and find it hard to fit in and make friends. They don't contribute in class and often fail to thrive and learn. They often get overlooked by teachers. This pattern can carry on at secondary school and makes them more vulnerable. How do parents help their shy children without making an issue of it? And on the other hand, is being shy really a problem?

It only changes once a decade but China is deciding its new political leadership to be installed within a month. Currently just nine men hold the nexus of power over the world's second largest economy but seven of those men have to stand down this time. Will China's transition of power at the top signify any real change for Chinese women ?

On the 25th anniversary of The Pankhurst Centre in Manchester, Jenni talks to Dr Helen Pankhurst, great granddaughter of Emmeline, and granddaughter of Sylvia, about her childhood in Ethiopia, her career in international development, taking part in the Olympics Opening Ceremony, and taking forward the Pankhurst legacy in 2012.

Presented by Jenni Murray.

Chapters

5 items
  • Northern Ireland Abortion

    The first private clinic to offer abortions to women in Northern Ireland is due to open next week. Jenni discusses with Dearbhail McDonald, legal editor of the Irish Independent.

  • Dr Helen Pankhurst

    On the 25th anniversary of The Pankhurst Centre in Manchester, Jenni talks to Dr Helen Pankhurst, great granddaughter of Emmeline, and granddaughter of Sylvia.

  • Shy Children

    Jenni discusses the issues with Bronach Hughes and Dr Lucy Willetts.

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  • Chinese Government

    China is deciding its new political leadership. Will this signify any real change for Chinese women? Jenni speaks to Prof. Jackie Sheehan at the University of Nottingham.

  • Transition of China's Leadership

    China’s political leadership changes but once a decade and the ‘big meeting’ as it is known in China is already under way in Beijing. Key power in Chinese politics still falls to only a handful of men, nine currently, who sit on the all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee. This time round dramatic upheaval is predicted with seven of its members being forced to stand down through age. Will China’s political transition of leadership offer any real change for Chinese women? Jenni is joined by Associate Professor at School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham, Jackie Sheehan.

  • Shy Children

    Everyone knows about the loud and disruptive children at school, but more often in the majority are the shy, anxious children who are quiet and find it hard to fit in and make friends. They don’t contribute in class, often fail to thrive and learn and often get overlooked by teachers. This pattern can carry on at secondary school and makes them more vulnerable. How do parents help their shy children without making an issue of it? Jenni speaks to Bronach Hughes, the emotional health and well-being coordinator from the National Pyramid Club, part of a charity that helps these children to gain confidence through group activities and Dr. Lucy Willetts, clinical psychologist at Berkshire Health Care Foundation Trust and author of Overcoming Your Child’s shyness and social anxiety.

  • Dr Helen Pankhurst

    Dr Helen Pankhurst

    On the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Pankhurst Centre in Manchester, Jenni talks to Dr Helen Pankhurst, the great granddaughter of Emmeline, and granddaughter of Sylvia, about her childhood in Ethiopia, her career in international development, her part in the Olympics Opening Ceremony, and taking forward the Pankhurst legacy in 2012.

  • Abortion in Northern Ireland

    The first private clinic to offer abortions to women in Northern Ireland is due to open next week. The service, run by Marie Stopes, will operate in the centre of Belfast from Thursday, 18th October. It says it will provide terminations within Northern Ireland's current legal framework, where abortions are not illegal but are very strictly controlled. However, an anti-abortion group has called for it to be shut down. Jenni speaks to Dearbhail McDonald, legal editor of the Irish Independent.

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