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Women of the World and Annie Lennox

Women of the World, Annie Lennox, Ebola, the My Body Back campaign and live music from Ibibio Sound Machine. Jenni Murray presents.

Jane will be in a glass box at Southbank Centre's WOW - Women of the World Festival. Annie Lennox will join us, we look at 'My body back' - a campaign about sex after abuse and talk to a journalist highlighting women's issues under the threat of Ebola in Sierra Leone. We will be hearing from Gemma Cairney about the perspectives of girls in the UK, and performance artist Bobby Baker joins me to talk about a grandmother's view. There's live music from Ibibio sound machine, and we'll be finding out how to get a pay rise.

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58 minutes


  • Ibibio sound machine

    Duration: 00:54

  • Gemma Cairney

    Duration: 06:28

  • Bobby Baker

    Duration: 04:56

  • Annie Lennox

    Duration: 06:01

  • Reclaiming Sex and Physicality After Sexual Violence

    Duration: 07:14

  • Olabisi Garrick and Ebola

    Duration: 04:47

  • How to ask for a pay rise: Stevie Spring

    Duration: 05:03

Ibibio sound machine

Eno Williams fronts Ibibio Sound machine, a band which effortlessly combines 70s funk / disco sounds with lyrics in the Nigerian Ibibio language inspired by stories which Eno inherited from her mother.  The result is an upbeat new sound.  They’ll join us to play live.

They are performing at the WOW festival on Thursday 5th March

Gemma Cairney

Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney was sent by WOW around the country to record the thoughts of young girls about their concerns, dreams and aspirations.  She joins us to tell us what they had to say.

Bobby Baker

Bobby Baker has been making art work for over 40 years, from performance art to installations with names such as ‘An Edible family in a Mobile Home’, ‘Pull Yourself Together’ ‘How to shop’, ‘How to live’ and ‘The Daily Life Quintet’.  She takes her inspiration from her own experience and domesticity.  She is at the WOW festival as a grandmother with an update on her show ‘Drawing from a mother’s experience’ and she joins Jane to tell her about it.

Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox OBE joins us straight off the stage at WOW to talk about campaigning and her new album.


Reclaiming Sex and Physicality After Sexual Violence

After rape or sexual abuse the focus is often on emotional support.  But what about addressing the physical impact of assault on the body?  How do victims manage to reclaim their bodies from being what one survivor described as a “crime scene” into being a personal space that is capable of sexual intimacy and pleasure?  We are joined by psychologist Dr Nina Burrows and survivor of abuse Pavan Amara who will tell us about her “My Body Back” project. 

The 'My Body Back' project will be officially launched at the Southbank's WOW Festival on Saturday 7th March between 3.30 – 4.30pm

Olabisi Garrick and Ebola

We’ve all seen disturbing and upsetting news footage from Sierra Leone and neighbouring countries during the Ebola outbreak.  But what is life like for women trying to carry on as much as normal?  Olabisi Garrick is a BBC Media Action Journalist based in Free Town, she joins us to tell us about the projects she’s been working on, whilst coping with the threat of Ebola

How to ask for a pay rise: Stevie Spring

Despite the equal pay act from 1970, women are still paid less than men, taking home 85 pence for every pound that men do.  One way of applying pressure on employers is to simply ask for a pay rise.  Stevie Spring is leading a session at WOW entitled ‘Please sir, can I have some more?’

Stevie’s session at WOW is “Please sir, can I have some more?” on Friday 6th March 2.30 – 3pm


Role Contributor
Presenter Jane Garvey
Producer Corinna Jones
Interviewed Guest Pavan Amara
Interviewed Guest Nina Burrows
Interviewed Guest Gemma Cairney
Interviewed Guest Bobby Baker
Interviewed Guest Annie Lennox
Interviewed Guest Eno Williams
Interviewed Guest Stevie Spring
Performer Ibibio Sound Machine


  • Fri 6 Mar 2015 10:00

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