Meklit Hadero; Shelby on What's a Girl?

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What has the EU done for gender equality? We discuss with Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis and Dr Roberta Guerrina from the University of Surrey. Meklit Hadero singer and TED fellow talks about her East African musical influences and interest in conservation - and performs Leaving Soon from her album On A Day Like This. Mummylit, MILF, mumpreneur: is the mummy prefix ever okay? Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman gives us her opinion. We talk to Shelby, the 15 year old presenter of CBBC documentary "What's a Girl?" And Jennie Rooney talks about her novel Red Joan, inspired by Cold War spy Melita Norwood.

Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Rebecca Myatt.

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What has the EU ever done for women?

The UK joined the European community in 1973, but what has the EU achieved for gender equality in the last 40 years and what would be the impact if the UK pulled out of Europe? Marina Yannakoudakis is Conservative MEP for London and a member of the Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee and Dr Roberta Guerrina is Senior Lecturer and Head of the School of Politics at the University of Surrey.

Meklit Hadero

The singer/songwriter Meklit Hadero was born in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and raised in the US.  She is known for her soulful performing style, and for combining jazz, folk, and East African influences in her music.  Meklit is a TED Senior Fellow and recently attended the TED Global Conference at Oxford University with a group of 24 other fellows (including young artists, scientists, NGO leaders, and inspiring individuals from around the world.)   She will be performing at the Women of the World Festival at London’s Southbank Centre on Friday 8 March.  She Jenni to talk about her musical career, arts and culture work, and, along with her band, to perform the track Leaving Soon live in the studio. 

On A Day Like This by Meklit Hadero, available on Porto Franco Records. PFR015 

My life: 'What's a girl?'

Jenni Murray is joined by Shelby the 14 year old presenter of a CBBC documentary called ‘What’s A Girl’. Shelby has never wanted to be a boy but she likes her short hair, lives in trousers and can’t stand pink. Today she’s confident about being true to herself but it hasn’t always been easy. She reflects on her own experience and what girls of all ages and personalities told her being a girl meant to them.


‘My Life: What’s A Girl?’ is broadcast on CBBC 5.45 – 6.15pm on March 12th

What is the mummification of the media saying to us?

Mummyporn, mummyblogger, MILF and mumtrepreneur, what do these acronyms and prefixes say about our attitudes to women? Guardian columnist, Hadley Freeman, joins Jenni in the Woman’s Hour studio to discuss.

Red Joan

Melita Norwood was exposed, at the age of 87, as a Cold War spy for the Soviets. In the 1930s she was a secretary at the British Non-Ferrous Metals Research Association, and passed on secret documents, including details of Britain's first atomic bomb. Jennie Rooney has used Norwood’s story as the basis for her novel “Red Joan.” 

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