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Pregnancy discrimination, Anita Brookner

Discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace, author Anita Brookner, recognising coercive control, and sexual violence is recognised as a war crime.

New research by the Equality and Human Rights Commission has found that over the last ten years, the percentage of woman who report discrimination related to pregnancy or motherhood has risen from 45% to 75%. Jenni is joined by Jo Swinson, who commissioned the research, and Joeli Brearley who set up the website Pregnant Then Screwed.

The novelist, Anita Brookner, died earlier this month. She came to writing comparatively late in life and her best known work was almost certainly Hotel Du Lac. The writer Laura Thompson tells us why she considers that Brookner is one of the great writers and explores the appeal of her depiction of women who may feel life hasn't turned out quite as they'd hoped.

Earlier this week we discussed the Helen, Rob domestic abuse storyline in The Archers. We have had a huge response on different aspects of the situation, including many on how realistic, or not, they find the idea that Pat, Helen's mother, is unable to see what is happening right under her nose. Jenni is joined by Ruth, a listener, who also didn't see what was taking place in her own sister's relationship.

According to the United Nations, over 200,000 women and children have been raped in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1998. In the first case of its kind, former Congolese rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba has been found guilty of using sexual violence as a war crime at the International Criminal Court. Anneke Van Woudenberg, Deputy Director for the Africa Division at Human Rights Watch, joins Jenni to discuss what makes this such a landmark case.

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45 minutes


  • Pregnancy discrimination in the workplace

    Jo Swinson and Joeli Brearley discuss research by the Equality & Human Rights Commission

    Duration: 08:47

  • Anita Brookner - a tribute

    The writer Laura Thompson pays tribute to Brookner, who died this month

    Duration: 10:30

  • Coercive control

    A listener describes how she missed signs of domestic abuse in her sister's relationship

    Duration: 07:19

  • Women of the air

    Catherine Carey reports from Duxford

    Duration: 08:35

  • Sexual violence as a war crime

    Anneke Van Woudenberg discusses the landmark case of Jean-Pierre Bemba

    Duration: 06:45

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Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Kirsty Starkey
Interviewed Guest Jo Swinson
Interviewed Guest Joelie Brearly
Interviewed Guest Laura Thompson
Interviewed Guest Anneke Van Woudenberg


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