Campaigning Women

Woman's Hour looks back at campaigns led by women in 2012. Among guests this year, we hear from Stephen Lawrence's mother Doreen about waiting almost 19 years to see her son's killers convicted of his murder. From mothers against violence in Northern Ireland to Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan, we ask what it takes to lead a campaign. With studio guests Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder and director of the charity Kids Company, and Laura Bates from The Every Day Sexism project, an online campaign.
Presented by Jane Garvey
Producer Steven Williams.

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Mon 31 Dec 2012 10:00

Doreen Lawrence

The mother of Stephen Lawrence recently claimed that the Metropolitan police had given up trying to catch the rest of her son’s killers. In January this year, nineteen years after his death, Gary Dobson and David Norris were found guilty of murdering Stephen Lawrence and were sent down for life. Jenni talks to Doreen Lawrence about her continuing campaign for justice for her son.

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban in October in North West Pakistan. She was flown to the UK for treatment afterwards and is still being treated by doctors in Birmingham. She’d been campaigning for four years for the rights of girls to attend school. She started with a blog on the BBC's Urdu website. She wrote about her everyday life and the struggle to continue her education in a Taleban controlled area. Earlier this year, she read from her blog in Urdu and gave an interview on the BBC World Service.

What makes a successul campaign?

Camila Batmanghelidjh from Kids Company and Laura Bates from the Every Day Sexism project discuss how to campaign effectively.

Punishment Shootings

Throughout the troubles in Northern Ireland so called “punishment shootings” were used as a way to maintain political and social control. They are still being used used within some communities, where people are given the choice to attend a shooting by appointment in return for a 'lesser injury'. We hear from some parents who went with their sons to those appointments, and we hear from a new group set  up by mothers in Londonderry to try to do something about it.

Judith O'Reilly

Many people make New Year resolutions; maybe to give up smoking, cut back on the booze or do more exercise, but in 2010 writer Judith O’Reilly made a New Year’s Resolution to do a good deed every day for a whole year, and she wrote a book about the experience. She tells Jane why she did it and what she learnt from it.

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