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Fostering, cooking on a budget

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 29 October 2012

Are foster children being denied normal family life through unnecessary restrictions on the decisions their carers can take? The global picture for women on boards. Sophie Wright on how to avoid throwing away food, and cook well on a budget. Gay rights in Uganda: we speak to activist Malika Zouhali-Wourall and Naome Ruzindana, a maker of the new film, Call Me Kuchu.
Presented by Aasmah Mir
Produced by Kirsty Starkey.


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  • Foster Carers And Decision Making

    Many foster parents are still not allowed to make day to day decisions for the children in their care. According to a new study by the Fostering Network, 17 per cent of foster carers do not have the authority to make decisions about haircuts, and one in five foster carers do not have the authority to make decisions about school day trips. We hear from one foster mother facing these frustrations, and Aasmah then discusses the issue with Vicki Swain, Campaigns Manager at the Fostering Network, and Sue Kent, Professional Officer at the British Association of Social Workers.

    Fostering Network

  • Women On Boards Round The World

    The number of women on company boards and the best ways to increase their representation is rarely out of the news these days. Deborah Gillis is Senior Vice President of Catalyst, a global, non-profit organisation who support over 500 companies around the world to increase the numbers of women progressing into executive roles. She joins Aasmah Mir to discuss the position of women at work internationally and whether different countries need diverse approaches to improving the numbers of women moving through the ranks.


  • How To Avoid Wasting Food With Sophie Wright

    Food is wasted and thrown away every week. Many of us are guilty of shopping and buying things we don’t need, like the buy-one-get-one-free offers, and have a mouldy orange or brown banana left sitting in the fruit bowl. So how can we be more economical and make our food stretch further? Sophie Wright was the UK’s youngest head chef, running the kitchen at one of Notting Hill’s most famous celebrity hangouts, Beach Blanket Babylon. She has won many culinary competitions, and has catered for private events with guests including Leonardo DiCaprio and Avril Lavigne. Her new book is Cook On A Shoestring. She joins Aasmah Mir with practical tips and suggestions for healthy, tasty and cheap meals.

    Cook on a Shoestring - Easy, Inspiring Recipes On A Budget, by Sophie Wright is published by Kyle Books

  • Lesbian Rights In Uganda

    Uganda is a dangerous place to be a gay woman. In 2009 an Anti-Homosexuality Bill proposed the death penalty and imprisonment, Christians evangelicals preached anti-gay sentiment, and the tabloid press waged an outing campaign with headlines such as “Hang them.” In the face of such threats, several members of the gay community risked their lives to speak out. One of these activists was lesbian Naome Ruzindana, whose friend and fellow campaigner - the country’s first openly gay man, David Kato - was later murdered. Naome joins Aasmah Mir to share her experiences, along with documentary producer, Malika Zouhali-Worrall, who risked imprisonment to tell her story.

    The documentary Call Me Kuchu opens from 2 November


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