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10/03/2013

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 10 March 2013

Roy Jenkins and a multi-faith panel of guests discuss women and religious faith.

  • Women and Faith

    In All Things Considered Roy Jenkins and guests explore the issue of women and religious faith.

    For some Mother’s day (or Mothering Sunday, to use its liturgical title) means breakfast in bed, treats of chocolates and flowers, and orders to take a really good rest, because, as the ad slogan puts it ‘you’re worth it.’.

    Normal service will be expected to resume within a few hours, of course, but the ritual is a simple way of affirming that someone is loved and valued.

    It is not a message which always comes across in other spheres. For all the equalities legislation of recent years, a woman graduate is likely to be paid thousands less than her male colleagues with identical qualifications; she’s much less likely to reach her company’s board; and she stands significantly less chance of being elected to a public body like the National Assembly for Wales.

    In some countries, girls go to the back of the queue for education, health care and much else; and today we ask how women are seen by three of the great religions. How are they treated? How easy is it for them to be recognised as leaders? And how do they differ from men in the way they approach faith?

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