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Resolutions; Caring For An Ex; Eva Dolan

58 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 07 January 2014

Why bother with New Year resolutions: Jenny Eclair and Viv Groskop give us their view. Taking on the care of an ex-partner: Woman's Hour listener, Rachel and Emily Holzhausen from Carers UK discuss the issues. Crime writer Eva Dolan on her debut novel, Long Way Home.

In today's discussion of the MINT economies we talk about Indonesia with Ayesha Kariapper of Care International, Dwi Faiz of UN Women Indonesia, and to Anis Hidayah, Director of Migrant Care.

And China correspondent for The Guardian, Tania Branigan on the detention of sex workers in China.

Presented by Jane Garvey
Produced by Lucinda Montefiore.


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  • How helpful are New Year’s resolutions?

    Just one week into the New Year and those who haven’t already broken their New Year’s resolutions are struggling with them. So why do we bother with the annual promises of self-improvement? Jane talks to comedian Jenny Eclair and writer Viv Groskop.
  • Caring for an ex-partner

    With an increasing divorce rate and ageing population, the number of single people in need of care in the UK is on the rise. One consequence of this is that more and more individuals are taking on the care of an ex-partner. But what emotional difficulties come with the role? And what legal barriers stand in the way? Jane talks to Emily Holzhausen from Carers UK and Rachel, who took on the primary care of her ex-husband three and a half years ago after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

  • MINT Economies: Indonesia

    This week Radio 4’s is looking at the new emerging MINT economies of Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Turkey. Their economies are seen as great success stories, but there’s evidence of  gender inequality on many levels. Today we look at the economic reality for women in  Indonesia.

    Guests: Ayesha Kariapper of Care International, Dwi Faiz from UN Women Indonesia and to Anis Hidayah, Director of Migrant Care and champion of migrant domestic worker rights.

    Why are the MINT countries special?


  • Eva Dolan

    Eva Dolan was shortlisted for The Crime Writers Association's Debut Dagger Competition when she was just a teenager. Her debut novel is now published, Long Way Home, the start of a new crime series featuring two detectives from the local Hate Crimes Unit in Peterborough. The book opens with the discovery of a body, a man who has been burnt alive in a suburban garden shed. The two detectives find themselves drawn into the world of the migrant worker, legal and illegal,  working and often abused as cheap foreign labour in the fields, the factories and the pubs of the town. 

    Long Way Home is published by Harvill Secker

  • China Sex Worker Detention

    Sex workers in China are thought to have been detained by the state and held in an adminstrative system known as "custody and education". The system is overseen by public security officials rather than judges and unlike prisoners, the detainees are made to pay living costs and take compulsory tests for sexually transmitted diseases. The original intention was to penalise unlawful behaviour that did not reach the level of a criminal offence but it has became "a penalty even harsher than criminal penalties," according to a new report from Asia Catalyst a health and human rights group which wants the system abolished.


Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest
Jenny Eclair
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Viv Groskop
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Emily Holzhausen
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Eva Dolan
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Ayesha Kariapper
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Dwi Faiz
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Anis Hidayah
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Tania Branigan
Lucinda Montefiore


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