The A-Z of Mrs P; Compensation for Libyan rape victims; Game Changers; Losing your mum

Phyllis Pearsall says she was responsible for creating the first A-Z of London. A new play, The A-Z of Mrs P, is inspired by her story. We hear from the female duo behind the production.

What does being a Game Changer mean? Two women share their very personal experiences of changing other people's lives.

The Libyan government's plan to compensate women raped during the 2011 revolution.

And we look at the impact of losing your mother. How does it change you and how does your grief change over time?

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Laura Northedge
Editor: Karen Dalziel.

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Woman's Hour Power list 2014- Game Changers

What does being a Game Changer mean? Jenni Murray talks to two women whose personal experience turned them into game changers. Cynthia Barlow began a campaign to reduce road dangers for cyclists after her only daughter was killed in a collision with a cement truck. This year she was awarded an OBE for services to road safety. Carmel McConnell was a business consultant when teachers at a school she was visiting told her children were arriving so hungry they couldn’t learn. The result was Magic Breakfast, now a national charity that has delivered more than 6 million breakfasts to schools over the past ten years. 


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Compensation for Rape Victims in Libya

Last week, the Libyan government announced that it was going to compensate women raped during the 2011 revolution. At the time of the uprising, the International Criminal Court collected evidence that pro-Gadaffi forces were using rape as a weapon of war to spread fear among its opponents. It is a bold move for the government of a conservative Muslim country to recognise women who have been subject to sexual violence in conflict as war victims. But in a country where victims of rape are often ostracised and where discussion of the crime remains taboo, how many women will be willing to come forward and admit that have been raped? Jenni is joined from Libya by Dr Laila Bugaighis – a human rights activist and Deputy Director of Benghazi Medical Centre – and by journalist and commentator Nabila Ramdani. 

The impact of losing your Mother

Whether your relationship with your mother is a close and loving one or more difficult, how does it change you and the decisions you make in your own life after she’s gone? We’ll hear from three people who lost their mother at different stages of their lives.  Louise Gray was 3 when her mother died without warning and has written about the effect on her on a blog called “Okay to Cry”, Rachael Chadwick was shattered when she lost her mother to cancer just 16 days after her diagnosis. On the anniversary of what would have been her 60th birthday, she embarked on a project to celebrate her life and Michele Hanson’s book, Living with Mother – Right to the End chronicles her often difficult relationship with her mother who moved in with her.  


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The A-Z of Mrs P

The A-Z of P, which describes itself as a musical fable opened last week at the Southwark playhouse. The production is inspired by the story of Phyllis Pearsall who claims she was responsible for creating the first A-Z of London. Jenni spoke to the female duo behind the production:  Gwyneth Herbert who wrote the music and lyrics and bookwriter, Diane Samuels about what drew them to the story.


The A-Z of Mrs P runs until the 29th March at the Southwark Playhouse.


Role Contributor
PresenterJenni Murray
Interviewed GuestCynthia Barlow
Interviewed GuestCarmel McConnell
Interviewed GuestNabila Ramdani
Interviewed GuestLaila Bugaighis
Interviewed GuestGwyneth Herbert
Interviewed GuestDiane Samuels
Interviewed GuestRachael Chadwick
Interviewed GuestLouise Gray
Interviewed GuestMichele Hanson
ProducerLaura Northedge
EditorKaren Dalziel

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