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Dionne Warwick, Neda Soltani, Abortion debate

Soul music singer Dionne Warwick on 50 years of hits and Iranian Neda Soltani on the mistaken photo that propelled her to become a symbol of protest. Presented by Jane Garvey.

Soul music legend Dionne Warwick on fifty years of hits and how she became the muse of songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and Hal David; Neda Soltani on the case of mistaken identity that led to her being confused with an Iranian student shot dead during protests in Tehran in 2009 and its impact on her life; is the abortion debate more rightly owned by women than men?; why one organisation believes that women's rights in the UK have come to a standstill and in some cases are being reversed.
Presented by Jane Garvey
Producer: Dianne McGregor.

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58 minutes


  • Dionne Warwick

    Soul music legend Dionne Warwick

    Duration: 11:15

  • Women's Rights In The UK

    Vivienne Hayes and Jo Swinson discuss

    Duration: 11:20

  • Neda Soltani – Mistaken For A Martyr In Iran

    Iranian lecturer Neda Soltani on the mix-up that changed her life

    Duration: 10:10

  • Who Owns The Abortion Debate?

    Julie Bindel and Dr Ellie Lee discuss

    Duration: 08:04

Dionne Warwick

The multi- award winning singer Dionne Warwick is celebrating 50 years since the release of her first Billboard hit Don’t Make Me Over, with a new album called Now. Dionne was the muse of legendary writing duo Burt Bacharach and Hal David who wrote some of her biggest hits, such as I Say a Little Prayer and (There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me.  She has sold over a million records. Dionne joins Jane Garvey to talk about her extensive career.


Dionne Warwick

Who owns the abortion debate?

Journalist Mehdi Hassan’s recent article on abortion in the New Statesman has sparked outrage among feminists who believe the abortion debate should be led by women only. In the piece Mehdi, a left wing journalist, confesses to being pro-life and that fathers are entitled to express their views. So who owns the abortion debate and are men entitled to have their say? Jane is joined by the journalist and feminist Julie Bindel and Dr Ellie Lee researcher in social policy from the University of Kent.

Neda Soltani – Mistaken for a martyr in Iran

When Iranian student Neda Agha Soltan was shot dead during protests in Tehran in 2009, her photo was featured all over the international press and she became a symbol of protest. Yet the image was actually of another woman, lecturer Neda Soltani. It was a terrible case of mistaken identity which also brought her life in Iran to a sudden, cruel end. Neda Soltani tells Jane Garvey how the regime threatened her life, accused her of spying, and forced her into exile.

My Stolen Face by Neda Soltani is available online as a digital book.

Women's rights in the UK

Women’s rights in the UK have come to a standstill and in some cases are being reversed, according to the Women’s Resource Centre which coordinates a network of organisations across the UK. On October 22 a group of women from the UK are going to Geneva to address the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).  They will be highlighting key areas where they think the current Government is failing to face up to their international obligations under CEDAW to protect and advance the rights of women in the UK. And on Wednesday activists from the across the country are gathering to lobby parliament about women's equality. Vivienne Hayes from the Women’s Resource Centre and Jo Swinson, Junior Minister for Women and Equalities join Jane in the studio. 


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