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Hibo Wadere on how FGM has affected her life, BBC Countryfile hero Joan Bomford, Make-up for older women

Jane Garvey speaks to Hibo Wadere, who has written a book describing how FGM has affected every aspect of her life. Plus artist Melanie Manchot on filming her daughter.

Hibo Wadere has just published her memoir Cut: One woman's fight against FGM in Britain today. In it, she describes the way that FGM has affected every aspect of her life.

Artist Melanie Manchot filmed her daughter for one minute every month between the ages of 11 and 18. So what did these filmed portraits show her as her daughter changed from a child to a woman? And, in the age of the selfie and cameras in our pockets all the time are we seeing less as we capture more?

Joan Bomford has had a lifelong love-affair with farming. Joan began farming in the 1930's, running away from school to work on the family farm whenever she could, and devoting her life to the land. Her dedication was recognised when she was named BBC Countryfile Farming Hero in 2015. She describes an idyllic life spent immersed in farm work and horse riding, and tells us what it was like to live through an era of enormous change.

Cameron Diaz recently said that ageing was one of the last taboos before posting a selfie of herself without make-up and wearing her (albeit tiny) wrinkles with pride. So, how does our relationship with make-up and our appearance change as we get older? Jane speaks to Tricia Cusden, the founder of Look Fabulous Forever, and journalist Helen Walmsley-Johnson, author of The Invisible Woman column, about the pressure to stay looking young and why they both prefer to age well.

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45 minutes


  • Hibo Wadere

    The author of 'Cut: One woman's fight against FGM'

    Duration: 14:21

  • Capturing Your Child On Film

    Melanie Manchot filmed her daughter between the ages of 11 and 18. What did she learn?

    Duration: 07:41

  • Make-Up For Older Women

    How does our relationship with our appearance change as we age?

    Duration: 10:18

  • Joan Bomford

    A life-long farmer shares her experiences and passion

    Duration: 08:23


Role Contributor
Presenter Jane Garvey
Producer Lucinda Montefiore
Interviewed Guest Hibo Wadere
Interviewed Guest Melanie Manchot
Interviewed Guest Joan Bomford
Interviewed Guest Tricia Cusden
Interviewed Guest Helen Walmsley-Johnson


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