Mona Eltahawy; Randi Zuckerberg; Pregnancy and mental health

Egypt is the worst country for women's rights in the Arab League according to a new Reuters poll. We talk to US-Egyptian journalist and activist Mona Eltahawy. Randi Zuckerberg, former Spokeswoman for Facebook and sister to founder Mark, shares her advice on how to cope with social media and fast changing technology. Pregnancy and mental health - what help should women be getting?

Role models for girls - why are so many choosing reality TV star Charlotte Crosby over Jessica Ennis or Malala? And should we be worried?

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Lucinda Montefiore
Editor: Karen Dalziel.

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Pregnancy And Mental Health

Consultant perinatal psychiatrist Liz McDonald joins Woman’s Hour to talk about the challenges women with mental health disorders face in pregnancy. And we also talk to a mum of three who was diagnosed as bipolar after her second child about the care she received during her third pregnancy. Jane Garvey asks, what help should women with mental health disorders be getting?

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Randi Zuckerberg, former spokeswoman for Facebook and sister to Facebook founder Mark, shares her advice on how to cope with the fast growing technology and social media of our hyper-connected world. From turning smartphones off in the bedroom to registering a domain name for your unborn baby, the new moral dilemmas that are emerging are explored in her new books, self-help guide DotComplicated for adults, and picture book Dot for children.


Dot Complicated (for adults) and Dot (for children) are published by Bantam

New Breed Of Role Models For Young Women

Young women are often told they should strive to be like Jessica Ennis, Karren Brady, or Malala, but increasingly they are identifying with more ‘normal’, less aspirational women. In a survey of female 18 to 25 year olds, the woman with the most admired personality was reality TV star Charlotte Crosby, and there is a trend for following TV programmes like Lena Dunham’s Girls, about young women who lack direction, live for the moment, and are comfortably open about their failures and inadequacies. Should we be worried? Jane speaks with journalist Holly Baxter and with Rachel de Souza, Chief Executive of the Inspiration Trust.

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Mona Eltahawy

Three years on from the Arab Spring, a poll recently conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation has concluded that Egypt is officially the worst country for women’s rights in the Arab League - even taking into account Syria. On Sunday, a 50 member committee approved a new draft constitution for Egypt. Today it will be ratified by the interim president, who is expected to announce a date for it to be put to a referendum early next year. So how much difference is this new constitution likely to make to women in Egypt? US-Egyptian journalist, Mona Eltahawy, speaking at today’s Trust Women Conference in London, joins Jane to give an insight into what her fellow countrywomen are going through. 


Role Contributor
PresenterJane Garvey
Interviewed GuestMona Eltahawy
Interviewed GuestHolly Baxter
Interviewed GuestRachel de Souza
Interviewed GuestRandi Zuckerberg
Interviewed GuestLiz McDonald
ProducerLucinda Montefiore
EditorKaren Dalziel

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