Daphne du Maurier; Comic Relief; Can't Say No?

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Sisters growing up in the shadow of writer Daphne Du Maurier, pressures facing under-age girls to become sexually active, one woman's wait for her state pension, Comic Relief in Ghana helping tackle the phenomenon of 'spirit children', taking on too much, can't say no? A psychologist discusses why being too nice can have a downside.
Presented by Jane Garvey.
Producer: Dianne McGregor.

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Mon 11 Mar 2013 10:00

Teenage girls and pressure to be sexually active

A recent Yougov poll commissioned by Plan UK asked what were the biggest pressures secondary school girls aged 11 to 16, faced today. Amongst a range of possibilities those asked said they believed the biggest pressure for girls of this age was to be sexually active. We hear the opinions of three young women and Jane speaks to Susie McDonald, director of Tender, a charity who work with young people in schools to promote healthy relationships free of abuse, and Joanna Moorehead, journalist and mother of four girls.


NSPCC: Teenagers and Sex


Back in January we looked at the recent government proposals to move toward a flat-rate state pension and the benefits and drawbacks of those changes for women. Jenni spoke to the Pensions Minister, Steve Webb and Dame Anne Begg MP, Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, who continues to raise her concerns about the estimated 430,000 women who could lose out under these alterations.


This week on Woman’s Hour we’ll be hearing differing experiences of how women in their 50s affected by state pension changes are coping with having to wait up to two years extra to claim their pension.  

Daphne Du Maurier and her sisters

Years after her death, Daphne Du Maurier is still arguably one of the most-loved writers of the twentieth century. Daphne had it all – her novels sold in their millions, she was beautiful, famous and rich. But in her shadow stood two talented sisters, Angela and Jeanne, a writer and a skilled artist in their own right. Author Jane Dunn talks to Jane Garvey about uncovering the lives of the rebellious Du Maurier sisters; a family drama full of high society shenanigans, confused sexual identities, affection and scorn.


Daphne Du Maurier and her sisters: The Hidden lives of Piffy, Bird and Bing, by Jane Dunn, is published by Harper Press

Learning to say no

Are you just too nice to say no? Do you always put the needs of others above your own? Do you avoid conflict or feel anxious about letting people down? If so, you may be suffering from the curse of being too lovely, according to the psychologist Jacqui Marson. She joins Jane to discuss. They are joined by Joan Burnie, Columnist and Associate Editor of the Daily Record, who finds it difficult to say no but wouldn’t call herself lovely.

The Curse of Lovely by Jacqui Marson is published by Little Brown.

Comic Relief Ghana

2013 marks the 25th anniversary of Comic Relief’s first-ever Red Nose Day. Over the past 25 years the money raised by the public will have helped 50 million people across Africa, the world’s poorest countries and here in the UK. 

In the final of our series of features from Ghana, Angela Robson brings us this report on the phenomenon of spirit children, and how an organisation called Afrikids, supported by Comic Relief, is tackling this issue.

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