Why is it still acceptable to be prejudiced against people who are overweight?
Is it right that the high-profile Open golf championship will be held at a men-only club?
Dr Hawa Abdi and her daughter tell Jane about the refugee camp they run in Somalia.
Pink Martini's lead singer and songwriter, China Forbes, performs one of her new songs.
Lauren Beukes explains how violence against women in South Africa influences her writing.
Fat shaming and body confidence
The Open at ‘men-only’ Muirfield
This year’s Open golf championship will be played at the men-only club Muirfield. Of the nine courses used for the competition, three don’t allow women members (Muirfield, Royal St George's and Royal Troon). Peter Dawson, chief executive of golf’s governing body The Royal and Ancient, says only 1% of the 3,000 courses in the UK have a single-sex membership policy and slightly more than half of these are women-only. But should the R & A allow a high-profile championship like The Open to be played at a men-only club?
Dr Hawa Abdi and Dr Amina Mohamed
For more than 20 years, Dr Hawa Abdi and her daughters - also doctors - have run a refugee camp in Somalia. It started as a one-room clinic she founded on the family farm in 1983, shortly after completing her medical training. Life was peaceful then but, when civil war broke out seven years later, her hospitality extended to tens of thousands of people. Today the clinic is a 400-bed hospital and the surrounding famland shelters 90,000 displaced Somalis. Now she has written a book about her extraordinary life.
Keeping Hope Alive: How One Somali Woman Changed 90,000 Lives is published by Virago.
China Forbes is lead singer and songwriter for Pink Martini, a multi-lingual, genre-busting band from Portland Oregon, with 11 band members which broke onto the music scene in the 90s. In 2011, after being forced to take time off following an operation on her vocal chords, China decided to return on a 'job-share' basis with the singer who had filled in while she was away, so she could spend more time with her son.
China will perform one of her new songs in the studio and talk about the challenges of being a mother and touring as lead vocalist of an international group.
Lauren Beukes – The Shining Girls
South African writer Lauren Beukes won the prestigious science fiction Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2011 for her novel, Zoo City. She has now written her third book, The Shining Girls, which is set in Chicago. Harper is a 1930s drifter-turned-murderer who finds that he can jump through time, making him all but impossible to catch - until, that is, one of his victims survives and starts hunting him back. Lauren joins Jane to discuss her detailed research methods and how violence against women in South Africa influences her work.
The Shining Girls is published by Harper Collins on 1st May 2013.
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