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The roller coaster of IVF and how you make the decision to stop if it isn't working

Presented by Jenni Murray. Including discussion on how to decide when to stop IVF, why so many western women are joining Islamic State and getting girls into agriculture.

Approx 550-western women have joined Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, the youngest aged just 13 years old. But is the idea that young women are joining to become 'jihadi brides' a myth ?

Why agriculture needs more women. Drawing the line - the roller coaster of IVF and how you make the decision to stop if it isn't working.

Plus Sophia Burley who founded the charity "Women on the Front Line" to help make a difference to the lives of women involved in prostitution.

And tackling sexual abuse on campus., why the University of the West of England is trialling a Bystander Intervention Initiative, course for first year students. The government is recommending the course to universities across the UK, but should all new students have to take part?

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The women joining Islamic State

An estimated five hundred and fifty western women have joined Islamic State, the youngest being just thirteen years old. According to a new report by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London, the idea that most young women are joining to become ‘jihadi brides’ is a myth. They often end up facing ‘harsh realities’ but far from being passive agents, they are involved in its campaigns from propaganda to recruitment. The research also reveals that programmes aimed at preventing girls and women from joining are too few, ill-informed and under-resourced. Erin Saltman, co-author of the report, who has also monitored the online messages of some of the women who joined Islamic State, joins Jenni to discuss. 

Women In Agriculture

Nicola Batemen was appointed the CEO of the Suffolk Agricultural Association in January 2015, the first female in the role in the 184-year history of the organisation. Fresh from the success of her first county show she tells Jenni how she intends to get more people from all backgrounds engaged and learning about food, and why agriculture needs more women.

Drawing the Line – How to Decide When to Stop IVF

The process of having IVF, or In Vitro Fertiiisation, is often a painful and emotionally draining rollercoaster, even when there is a successful outcome. But how do you make the decision to stop if it’s not working? And how do you come to terms with that decision ? Jenni looks ahead to Radio 4’s documentary Drawing the Line which goes out at 1100 on Friday. She talks to Lesley and Roger Pyne about how they coped when they finally stopped after years of IVF and to Kate Brian from the Infertility Network


Lesley Pyne

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Students and Sexual Harassment

Jenni speaks to Dr Rachel Fenton, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of the West of England and the creator of the Bystander Intervention Initiative – a compulsory eight week course for first year students aimed at tackling sexual abuse on campus. The government is recommending the course to universities across the UK, but should all new students have to take part?

Prostitute Outreach Worker

Sophia Burley founded the charity “Women on the Front Line” in 2012 to help make a difference in the lives of women involved in sex work. Her work involves going out to offer support to street sex workers, often working late at night. She joins Jenni to talk about what she says is her calling to share compassion and love and her strategies for getting women out of sex work.

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Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Beverley Purcell
Interviewed Guest Erin Saltman
Interviewed Guest Nicola Bateman
Interviewed Guest Lesley Pyne
Interviewed Guest Roger Pyne
Interviewed Guest Kate Brian
Interviewed Guest Sophia Burley
Interviewed Guest Rachel Fenton

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