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Girlguiding; Adela Raz; Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

Jane Garvey discusses the impact of today's Court of Appeal's judgement on Foetal Alcohol Syndrome. And how Girl Guides are tackling unhealthy body talk and promoting self-esteem.

This programme includes a mix of items including an explicit discussion of pornography. Each item is available to listen to individually via the Chapter buttons on the website.

Jane Garvey discusses the impact of new regulations on online pornography. The working-life of Adela Raz - deputy spokesperson to the Afghan president. We discuss today's Court of Appeal judgement on Foetal Alcohol Syndrome. Free Being Me - the new girlguiding badge helping girls to cope with the pressures they face to look a certain way. And we hear about the life of Bevis Shergold, Olympic sportswoman and the first woman posted abroad by the British intelligence services.

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58 minutes


  • Girlguiding - Free To Be Me

    Duration: 09:39

  • Afghan Women

    Duration: 08:15

  • Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Judgement

    Duration: 08:23

  • Bevis Shergold

    Duration: 05:13

  • New porn regulations - sexist, irrelevant or necessary?

    Duration: 09:16

New porn regulations - sexist, irrelevant or necessary?

Two days ago pornography produced in the UK was censored through an amendment to the 2003 Communications Act. A number of acts have been deemed ‘harmful to minors’ and banned but some claim the measures appear to take aim at female pleasure. So are the new porn regulations sexist and ineffectual, or do they make a necessary dent on an industry that continues to damage and exploit all women, not just those who work in it?

Afghan Women

Since late September when the new President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, was sworn in, there's been considerable coverage of his wife, Rula, and the role that she is taking on as First Lady, with a particular remit for the welfare of women and children. But in fact there have been three women working in the presidential entourage for the last 13 years. Adela Raz, the deputy presidential spokesperson in Afghanistan spoke with the BBC's Chief World Correspondent, Lyse Doucet, about the challenges the job involved from meeting the ultra-Conservative member of the Taliban to inventing her own dress code. 

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Judgement

This morning a Court of Appeal Judgment will be given in a landmark case of a seven year old girl known only as CP, now in foster care, born with serious developmental problems associated with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome. The condition can cause facial deformities, retarded growth, and brain damage. Doctors say CP's condition results from her mother's excessive drinking while pregnant, she was consuming half a bottle of vodka and eight cans of strong lager daily. Lawyers representing the local authority now responsible for the girl say her mother simply ignored warnings, so is guilty of the crime of poisoning her foetus, which means the girl is now entitled to criminal injuries compensation. Key to the argument is whether the foetus is an independent person at the time of the alcohol consumption. For there to be a crime, it has to be. Jane is joined by the BBC’s legal correspondent Clive Coleman who will be reporting for us from outside the court as the judgement is delivered to talk about the potential legal implications, and by Dr Anna Smajdor, lecturer and researcher in biomedical ethics, Norwich Medical School, University of the East of England, who will talk about the ethical implications of the case. 

Girlguiding - Free To Be Me

Julie Bentley, the chief executive of Girlguiding, was this year named as number five on the Woman’s Hour Power List Game Changers List. She joins Jane to discuss the new Girlguiding, Free To Be Me badge. 

You can also hear an interview with Julie Bentley on Desert Island Discs.

Bevis Shergold

Bevis Shergold, was a British Intelligence servicewoman in WWII, and represented Britain in the 1948 London Olympics. She was one of the first women to be posted abroad to the intelligence services, and worked as a translator during the interrogation of POW’s in both Egypt and Algeria. Dr. Peter Johnston from the National Army Museum, and Dorothy Elliott, Bevis’ friend, speak about her military and athletic achievements, and the contribution she and other women made to the war effort


Role Contributor
Presenter Jane Garvey
Producer Ruth Watts
Interviewed Guest Helena Horton
Interviewed Guest Julia Long
Interviewed Guest Anna Smajdor
Interviewed Guest Peter Johnston
Interviewed Guest Dorothy Elliott


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