Being followed; Roller Derby; Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Roller Derby, training with the Romsey Town Rollerbillies. Laura Bates of #everydaysexism and Rachel Griffen of the Suzy Lampugh Trust discuss women's experience of being followed in the street. Kim Longinotto introduces her new film Salma, showing at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Karen Campbell's new book explores the experiences of refugees in Glasgow.
Presented by Jenni Murray
Produced by Sharmini Selvarajah.
Followed – Everyday Sexism Project campaign
Being followed by a man you don’t know can be terrifying for a woman. Around a thousand women have shared their experiences of this through a campaign set up by The Everyday Sexism Project. Despite feeling intimidated, very few people report it to the police. Concerns about the lack of training for police in implementing this were raised in the House of Lords yesterday. So what should you do if you think you’re being followed? Is it a common situation for women to find themselves in? Jenni Murray is joined by Laura Bates, the founder of The Everyday Sexism Project, Rachel Griffin, the Director of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust and Assistant Chief Constable of Greater Manchester, Garry Shewan.
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Double Whammy Pensioners
All this week Woman’s Hour has been hearing from women who have been affected by state pension changes. Some are facing a longer wait to claim their pension or the prospect of having to make additional National Insurance contributions. Today we hear from Louise Cannon, who started work aged 14 and is still working at 60. She explains why she’s angry not to be receiving her state pension at 60.
When it started in the 1920s, Roller Derby was a co-ed endurance race, but things changed when it became clear that the collisions were the main draw. Then came the theatrics, the costumes and the derby names. After fizzling out in the 70s, the sport re-emerged in Austin Texas in 2001 as a women’s sport – run by and for women with a grassroots appeal. Since then a thousand leagues have sprung up worldwide, including 60 in the UK. Woman’s Hour joins the ‘Romsey Town Rollerbillies from Cambridge at their weekly Tuesday night practice.
Karen Campbell: This is Where I Am
The award winning documentary maker Kim Longinotto is well known for making films focusing on the plight of courageous women around the world, from the women in Tehran trying to leave their marriages to the women helping abused and neglected children in South Africa to Sampat Pal, a woman fighting social injustices against other women in northern India. Her latest film opens the Human Rights Watch Festival in London tomorrow night. It is the story of Salma, a young Muslim girl in Southern India who was forced into seclusion for 25 years, and is now a famous poet. She joins Jenni to discuss.