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Hafsat Abiola; Celebrating feminism; Marriage proposals; Child abuse; Maternity services

Nigerian Activist, Hafsat Abiola; 100 deeds celebrating feminism; the best and worst marriage proposals; tackling child abuse in the Asian community;The CQC's survey of Maternity Services.

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  • Hafsat Abiola

    Nigerian activist Hafsat Abiola

    Duration: 09:16

  • 100 Deeds

    100 deeds celebrating feminism

    Duration: 09:16

  • Marriage Proposals

    The best and worst marriage proposals

    Duration: 08:16

  • CQC Maternity Services Survey

    The CQC's survey of Maternity Services

    Duration: 04:43

  • Child Abuse

    Tackling child abuse in the Asian community

    Duration: 06:21

100 Deeds

One hundred years ago the militant suffragette, Emily Wilding Davison, stepped in front of the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby, whilst promoting women’s right to vote. She died four days later and it has been debated ever since whether she intended to kill herself or became an accidental martyr for the cause.  The inscription on her gravestone in Morpeth reads; she was a woman of 'Deeds Not Words'.  To commemorate her action the People’s History Museum in Manchester is inviting one hundred members of the public to enact their own deeds – big or small - to support women’s equality.  ‘100 Deeds’ is the brainchild of Jenny Gaskell and Sarah Evans, and they join Jenni to discuss the idea behind the project.

Marriage proposals

In the last year or so we’ve seen a new style of marriage proposal being adopted. Whilst some proposers still undoubtedly prefer a setting for two over a  candlelit dinner, a growing number are making it  a far more public affair - asking over the public address system at  sporting venues, spelling out their desire in neon lights, or even staging the help of a  flashmob to surprise (fingers crossed) a thrilled future spouse. Sam Sheppard recently set up her own business as a professional proposal expert and Jenny Colgan has just won the 2013 Romantic Novel of the Year award. They assess with Jenni the latest options for the best way to frame that all-important question.

CQC maternity services survey

If you had a baby in England in February this year, then you’ll soon have the opportunity to give feedback on your experience of the maternity services you accessed. The Care Quality Commission is sending surveys to the 60,000 mothers who gave birth in England in February, asking them to rate their experiences of pain relief, their choices about where they had their baby, whether they felt they were treated with respect in hospital, and other issues relating to post-natal care. It’s the third survey of its kind (others were conducted in 2007 and 2010) and the CQC says that it helps them to see what is working and what needs to improve in English maternity services. Jenni is joined by Rona McCandlish, the national clinical advisor for the CQC, to discuss how the survey works and what she intends to do with the results.

If you would like to report anything to the CQC about the quality of care which you have experienced, you can do so by calling their helpline on 03000 61 61 61. Callers can remain anonymous if they wish.

Chime for Change - Hafsat Abiola

This weekend a special concert will take place in Twickenham entitled 'Chime for Change'. It's part of the international movement of the same name founded by Beyonce, Salma Hayek Pinault and Frida Giannini (the Creative Director at Gucci). Chime for Change aims to create long term change by supporting different projects, focussed on securing health, justice and education for women and girls

Jenni is joined by Nigerian feminist activist Hafsat Abiola, a supporter of the movement.

Child abuse in Asian communities

Asian girls may be less likely to report sexual abuse because they fear a backlash from their communities. But, according to some teenage support groups in Bradford, the number of girls being exploited is on the rise. Shabnam Mahmood reports from Bradford, where she met some victims.

If you are concerned about a child who you think might be being abused, you can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.

If you are a child and have been affected by anything discussed in the programme, you can call Childline for help and advice on 0800 1111.


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Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Cecile Wright
Editor Nicola Swords


  • Fri 31 May 2013 10:00

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