Woman's Hour Power List

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The launch of the Woman's Hour Power List. Jenni Murray talks to chair of the judges Eve Pollard about the search for the 100 most powerful women in the UK. DCI Caroline Goode Goode was the police officer who tracked down, arrested and prosecuted the killers of Banaz Mahmod, the victim of an honour killing. Banaz had been to the police five times to say that she believed she would be killed by her family after leaving her husband. The police failed to act and Banaz was killed. DCI Caroline Goode joins Jenni in the studio.
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Tue 30 Oct 2012 10:00

Eve Pollard on chairing the panel of judges for the Woman’s Hour Power List

Jenni talks to the Eve Pollard who chairs the panel of judges responsible for collating the Woman’s Hour Power List. She is a journalist, author and former Fleet Street editor and was only the second woman to edit a national newspaper. What will she be looking for in deciding who makes the cut? And what are the things she’ll be thinking about when it comes to comparing a CEO with a community leader, or a politician with an X factor judge?

The Power List panel of judges

We hear from the panel of judges that Eve Pollard will be leading. What interests them about the search for the country’s most powerful women and where are they interested in looking? The panel consists of Priti Patel MP, Baroness Oona King, Val McDermid, Jill Burridge and Dawn O’Porter.

What is power?

So what is Power and how do you know when a woman has it? Is it enough to be influential and know how to get something done and who to speak to – or do you need authority, the muscle to follow through? And are their problems when it comes to how men and women perceive power? Jenni talks to Anne McElvoy, public policy editor for the Economist and Julia Hobsbawm, who runs the media networking company Editorial Intelligence and recently won the Media Woman of the Year Award.

DCI Caroline Goode on Banaz: An Honour Killing

The killing of Banaz Mahmod in 2006 and the hunt by DCI Caroline Goode to track down, arrest and prosecute Banaz’s killers is featured in a TV documentary to be aired this week. Banaz had gone to the police five times to inform them that she believed she would be killed by her family after leaving her violent husband and falling in love with a man of whom her family disapproved. The police failed to act and Banaz was killed. DCI Caroline Goode joins Jenni to discuss.

'Banaz: An Honour Killing' is broadcast on Wednesday 31st October at 1035 on ITV.


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