Lucy Heller; William Hague; What is the Justice for Men and Boys Party Manifesto
Powerlister Lucy Heller chief executive of Ark; Foreign Secretary William Hague explains why he is discussing sexual violence at a G8 meeting in April; Mike Buchanan and John O'Farrell debate the need for a new political party - Justice for Men and Boys (And the women who love them). Judi Herman describes the role played by some of the wives in Shakespeare's plays. Jane Robey explains the family mediation process.
Lucy Heller is the Chief Executive of ARK, an organisation that oversee the running of 18 academies in disadvantaged communities throughout the UK. She is responsible for a model of education which is currently driving current government education policy. Lucy who features on the Woman's Hour Power List joins Jenni to talk about the ethos that she believes makes her schools so successful, as well as whether being a woman in such a senior position is relevant in her day to day working life.
The Foreign Secretary on support for survivors of sexual violence
This week the Foreign Secretary William Hague has been in the Democratic Republic of Congo meeting the survivors of sexual violence. For the first time in G8’s history, the issue of sexual violence against women will be discussed by the foreign ministers. The meeting follows the launch of the Foreign Secretary’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative last year when he called for an increase in the number of prosecutions to act as a deterrent to further violence. Some groups are concerned that the survivors of sexual violence need to be better supported for Mr Hague’s initiative on prosecutions to be achieved. Jenni is joined by the Foreign Secretary William Hague
Do we need a man’s party?
Do we need a man’s party? Mike Buchanan of the newly formed Justice for Men and Boys (And the women who love them) party debates with author and Labour party candidate John O’Farrell.
There are the wenches like Doll Tearsheet in ‘Henry IV’ or Audrey in ‘As You like It’; the handmaidens and waiting gentlewomen, Charmian and Iras in ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ and Margaret and Ursula in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. Judi Herman has been looking at some of Shakespeare’s ‘best supporting roles’. In the first of this series, she’s been looking at Shakespeare’s wives and his take on marriage with Pippa Guard, Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Greenwich.
Divorce and mediation
From the beginning of April, divorcing couples in England and Wales will no longer be able to apply for legal aid, apart from in exceptional cases. Instead they will have to consider mediation before going to the courts. Jane Robey is the chief executive officer of National Family Mediation and explains what’s involved in the process.