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Fat women in cartoons; Reclaim re-visited; women footballers' pay; sexual offences survey

How visible are fat women in cartoons and comic books? Plus female footballers' pay, a new government survey on sexual offences, and a revisit to the Reclaim mentoring scheme.

Presented by Jenni Murray. Miss Moti is a cartoon character with a difference. She is an overweight Asian woman with no superpowers and she sometimes gets stuck in stairwells because of her size. How visible are fat women in cartoons and comic books? England Women's football team is involved in a row with the FA over pay. What implications could it have for the women's game? A government survey out today, for the first time collates sexual offence figures across departments, we ask, why it's taken so long. Four years ago Woman's Hour visited a mentoring scheme being run by the Manchester-based project, Reclaim. Sinead Andrews and Frances Capon were among those first participants and they join Jenni, along with Labour MEP for North West England Arlene McCarthy, who is a patron of Reclaim, to discuss life after the scheme.

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58 minutes

Chapters

  • Rape Statistics

    Jenni discusses the new figures on rape and sexual assault with Vera Baird & Holly Dustin.

    Duration: 08:22

  • Women Footballers' Pay

    Jenni discusses the status of women’s football with Jen O'Neill of She Kicks magazine.

    Duration: 06:09

  • Women in Cartoons

    Discussion with Kripa Joshi, creator of Miss Moti Joshi, and cartoonist Posy Simmonds .

    Duration: 11:53

  • Reclaim

    Jenni talks to Sinead & Frances who've been on the scheme & Arlene McCarthy, Patron & MEP.

    Duration: 10:43

Sexual Offences Survey

The Home Office, Ministry of Justice and the Office for national Statistics have for the first time collated cross-department figures on sexual offences. In total, some 97,000 people are said to be a victim of rape or serious sexual assault each year. A total of around 15,500 have reported to the police, but only 1,000 cases ultimately resulted in conviction. So why is it still going so wrong? Jenni asks Vera Baird, former solicitor general, now police commissioner for Northumberland and Holly Dustin, Director of The End Violence Against Women Coalition.

Women footballers' pay

Jen O'Neill, editor of She Kicks magazine (and and ex-player with Sunderland) joins Jenni to discuss the implications of a row beween the England Women’s football team and the FA over pay.

Fat women in cartoons

Miss Moti is a cartoon character with a difference. She is an overweight Asian woman with no superpowers and she sometimes gets stuck in stairwells because of her size. But how visible are fat women in cartoons and comic books?

Jenni speaks to Kripa Joshi, a comic artist, Melanie Gibson, a specialist in children’s literature and media at Northumbria University and cartoonist and illustrator, Posy Simmonds.

Reclaim revisited

Reclaim revisited

Four years ago Woman’s Hour visited a mentoring scheme being run by the Manchester-based project, Reclaim. The five-month scheme, involving 30 young girls aged 12 to 13, was designed to increase their self-esteem and to inspire them to consider how and what makes a successful woman. But how has life changed for the girls since then? One of them, Sinead Andrews, was recently voted Manchester Young Woman of the Year and another, Frances Capon, has been involved in writing an award-winning blog about the first year of her daughter’s life.  To discuss life after the scheme Jenni is joined by Sinead and Frances, as well as the Labour MEP for North West England Arlene McCarthy, who is a patron of Reclaim.  

 

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