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Rebranding feminism; WH power-lister Pinky Lilani

Jane Garvey on rebranding feminism, 100 plays that put women centre-stage, and what is being done to assist the women who have been left 'painfully vulnerable' in the Philippines.

Does feminism need a rebrand? Thousands of girls and women have been left "painfully vulnerable" in the typhoon-struck Philippines, according to the International Development Secretary Justine Greening - we hear the latest from the region. Why the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is proposing restrictions on labiaplasty in both NHS and private clinics following a rise in the number of women seeking the procedure. Plus Powerlister Pinky Lilani on the importance of networking in helping you achieve success and a hundred plays that showcase women's talents putting them centre stage.

Presented by Jane Garvey
Produced by Ruth Watts.

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45 minutes


  • Block Of Child Abuse Searches Online

    Jim Gamble, former head of CEOP - the Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency

    Duration: 04:29

  • Labiaplasty – NHS Restrictions

    Dame Suzi Leather of the RCOG & Consultant Gynaecologist Sarah Creighton of UCL Hospitals

    Duration: 09:21

  • Women And Girls In The Philippines

    Karin Van der Hor of Plan International on the danger to women & girls after the typhoon

    Duration: 03:16

  • Power Lister Pinky Lilani OBE

    The Asian Women of Achievement Awards Founder & Spice Magic CEO on networking & cooking

    Duration: 07:41

  • Does Feminism Need Rebranding?

    Lorraine Candy, Editor In Chief of Elle UK, and Caroline Criado-Perez of the Women’s Room

    Duration: 10:26

  • Nobel Prize Winning Feminist Author Doris Lessing

    Doris Lessing – who has died at 94 – speaks to Jenni about her novel The Golden Notebook

    Duration: 03:45

  • Power Lister Pinky Lilani OBE

    Power Lister Pinky Lilani OBE cooks Bombay potatoes in the studio

    Duration: 01:39

Block Of Child Abuse Searches Online

Leading search engine companies Google and Microsoft have agreed measures to make it harder to find child abuse images online. As many as 100 000 search terms will now return no results, and will trigger warnings that child abuse imagery is illegal. Jane is joined on the line by Jim Gamble, former head of CEOP - the Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency.

Labiaplasty – NHS Restrictions

Labial reduction procedures have risen five-fold in the NHS over the past 10 years, with over 2000 operations performed in 2010. But, say the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology, little research exists about the clinical effectiveness and risks in female genital cosmetic surgery. Dame Suzi Leather, Chair of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Ethics Committee, and Consultant Gynaecologist Sarah Creighton from University College London Hospitals join Jane Garvey to discuss their concerns.


Dr Susan Bewley: female genitalia - what's normal?

Women And Girls In The Philippines

As thousands of girls and women have been left "painfully vulnerable" in the typhoon-struck Philippines, according to the International Development Secretary Justine Greening, we hear the latest from the region.


To donate to the DEC appeal, visit the committee's website.

Pinky Lilani

Pinky Lilani OBE has founded a number of awards and initiatives to champion women and to celebrate their achievements, including the Women of the Future Awards and Ambassadors programme. She believes in the importance of building relationships and putting people in touch with each other across business, politics, the arts, sciences, and society – and spends both her professional and personal time doing so. Jane speaks to Pinky Lilani, Founder and Chair of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards and Chief Executive of Spice Magic.

Does Feminism Need Rebranding?

Does Feminism need rebranding? With many women reluctant to call themselves a feminist and arguments about who gets to call themselves one, is it time to reassess the appeal of feminism? Elle magazine hired an advertising agency to see what could be done to attract women to identify with feminist concerns like the 15 per cent pay gap, and tonight they’ll be hosting a debate about whether feminism needs rebranding. Jane talks to Lorraine Candy, Editor in Chief of Elle UK and to Caroline Criado-Perez, co-founder of the Woman’s Room and the feminist campaigner who fought to keep women on banknotes.

Doris Lessing

The Nobel Prize winning feminist author Doris Lessing - best known for her novels The Golden Notebook and The Grass is Singing - has died at the age of 94. In August 2008 she spoke to Jenni on Woman’s Hour about the Golden Notebook, and how she managed to write such a complex novel in only a year.


Listen to the Doris Lessing interview in full, celebrating 50 years of The Golden Notebook, or listen to the special Doris Lessing edition of Woman’s Hour, recorded in August 2008.

Pinky Lilani's Recipe For Spicy Bombay Potatoes

1 lb potatoes (new potatoes are great, because they don’t fall apart if you over cook)

2 tbsp vegetable oil

A few curry leaves (don’t panic if you don’t have any - they can be left out)

Half tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp freshly ground garlic

2 tbsp coriander/cumin powder

Quarter tsp chilli powder

Half tsp turmeric

1 tbsp tomato puree

Salt to taste

A handful of finely chopped coriander leaves.

Boil potatoes with their skin on, until fully cooked. Let them cool slightly and remove skin with your fingers (not with a knife). The skin will peel off very quickly if the potatoes are still warm.

Dice the potatoes into 1 inch pieces.

Mix the coriander/cumin powder, chilli powder, turmeric, and tomato puree with half a cup of water

Heat the oil, and drop the mustard seeds in when the oil is hot (it should sizzle)

Add the garlic, and also the spice mixture. Stir around and add the potatoes.

Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, ensuring all the potatoes are covered with the spice mixture. Add salt and garnish with coriander leaves.

If you would like more sauce, just add some more water.


Role Contributor
Presenter Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest Lorraine Candy
Interviewed Guest Caroline Criado-Perez
Interviewed Guest Lucy Kerbel
Interviewed Guest Diane Samuels
Interviewed Guest Pinky Lilani
Interviewed Guest Suzi Leather
Interviewed Guest Lih-Mei Liao
Producer Ruth Watts


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