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DSK, what do French women think? Why do parents keep quiet about their children's mental ill-health?Jean Harrod

Dominique Strauss-Kahn trial: what do French women think? Why are parents reluctant to access counselling for children? And diplomat-turned-novelist Jean Harrod. With Jenni Murray.

The ongoing trial of the former head of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn for pimping prostitutes has been headline news inside and outside France. Since 5 out of 6 plaintiffs dropped their cases against him earlier this week, it looks increasingly likely that he will be acquitted, as the prosecutor has advised the judge to do. Guilty or innocent - do French women care about the outcome? Jenni is joined by French journalist Agnes Poirier to discuss. A study carried out by a children's charity has found that almost a third of parents of children aged 5 - 18 years old admit they would feel embarrassed if their child wanted counselling in school. Jenni is joined by Dr. Fiona Pienaar Clinical Director at Place2be and from Allie who suffered mental health problems as a child.
Former diplomat Jean Harrod spent her working life travelling the world. She has now published her first novel, "Deadly Diplomacy," which tells the story of a British consul caught up in a murder investigation in Australia. So, how much did her real life experience influence her fiction? And how did Jean's local coffee shop in Yorkshire help her get into print? Modern day slavery in the UK, Jenni hears from a domestic worker who escaped from an abusive employer and from Marissa Begonia who helps rescue women from forms of modern day slavery. A feminist, satirical drama The Last of the De Mullins set in 1908 which dealt with working, single mothers who refused to be tied to the institution of marriage, is being revived in London. How did such a controversial play slip through the censors then and why it is still relevant today?

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Caroline Donne.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • DSK – What do French women think?

    Duration: 06:40

  • Children's Mental Health

    Duration: 10:00

  • Single Parents in the 1900's

    Duration: 08:31

  • Britain’s Legal Slaves

    Duration: 07:36

  • Jean Harrod

    Duration: 08:15

DSK – What do French women think?

The ongoing trial of the former head of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn for pimping prostitutes has been headline news inside and outside France.  Since 5 out of 6 plaintiffs dropped their cases against him earlier this week, it looks increasingly likely that he will be acquitted, as the prosecutor has advised the judge to do.  Guilty or innocent – do French women care about the outcome? Jenni is joined by French journalist Agnes Poirier to discuss.

Children's Mental Health

A study carried out by a children’s charity has found that almost a third of parents of children aged 5 – 18 years old admit they would feel embarrassed if their child wanted counselling in school. As part of the UK’s first Children’s Mental Health Week, the charity Place2Be wants to raise awareness of the benefits of getting children support at the earliest opportunity to stop the problems developing into more serious health issues as they grow into adults and to encourage parents to talk openly to their children about their feelings. Jenni is joined by Dr. Fiona Pienaar Clinical Director at Place2be and from 23 year old Allie who suffered mental health problems as a child.  

Place2Be

Young Minds

Young Minds Parents Helpline

Kids Company

Mental Health Foundation

CAMH (Children and Adolescents Mental Health)

Child Mental Health Centre

Single Parents in the 1900's

The satire “The Last of the De Mullins” by St John Hankin was set in 1908, a time when Britain was going through great social change and the Suffragette movement was growing. Hankin’s play is a feminist comedy-drama about an unmarried woman, who rejoices in being a working single mother, and refuses to be tied to the institution of marriage. Progressive ideas for the time! The current production of the Last of the De Mullins is at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London, the first professional staging in London for over a century. Does it still have the power to shock? Jenni is joined by actor and author, Roberta Taylor, who plays Mrs Jane De Mullin and Dr Jean Chothia, Reader Emerita in Drama and Theatre at Selwyn College, Cambridge. The Last of the De Mullins runs until the 28th February 2015.

Britain’s Legal Slaves

Around 15,000 migrant domestic workers enter the UK every year. They are brought to Britain legally, as household servants for foreign nationals, mostly from Gulf countries. Their visa "ties" them to their employer - meaning their right to be in Britain is solely at the behest of their employers. Those who work for abusive employers are faced with an unenviable choice: stay and suffer in silence or escape and risk deportation. Woman’s Hour hears from a female domestic worker who has escaped an abusive employer and is now in the country illegally, trapped in a cycle of exploitation. Jenni Murray also speaks to Marissa Begonia who helps rescue women from this form of modern day slavery.   

This issue is explored in depth in Face The Facts: “Britain’s Legal Slaves” today.

Jean Harrod

Former diplomat Jean Harrod spent her working life travelling the world.  She has now published her first novel, "Deadly Diplomacy," which tells the story of a British consul caught up in a murder investigation in Australia. Jean's 30 year career took her to Europe, China, Australia, Indonesia and Mauritius. So, how much did her real life experience influence her fiction? And how did Jean’s local coffee shop in Yorkshire help her get into print? 

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Presenter Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest Agnes Poirier
Interviewed Guest Fiona Pienaar
Interviewed Guest Jean Harrod
Interviewed Guest Marissa Begonia
Producer Caroline Donne

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  • Thu 19 Feb 2015 10:00

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