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Chipo Chung as Dido, Queen of Carthage

Dido, Queen of Carthage is being performed for the first time by the RSC. Plus inspiring women in medicine and women drivers in Saudi Arabia.

The Independent Custody Visiting Association supports and represents local custody visiting schemes where volunteers make unannounced visits to police custody to check on the rights, entitlements and well-being of detainees. Following a case witnessed by one of their volunteers more recently they've been looking at how, often very vulnerable, women in custody are treated when they are having a period. Jenni talks to Katie Kempen, Chief Executive of ICVA, about what they uncovered and to Superintendent for Thames Valley Katy Barrow-Grint about the difficulties of dealing with detainees with complex needs.

Dido, Queen of Carthage is being performed for the first time by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon with Chipo Chung playing the African monarch. She joins Jenni and Professor of Classics, Edith Hall to reveal what we really know about her beyond Christopher Marlowe's version.

The Equal Pay Act came in in 1975, and yet in western countries, women are still stuck earning 85% of what men make. Journalist Sacha Nauta joins Jenni from Amsterdam to discuss new research by The Economist on why the gap has stopped narrowing.

As the Medical Women's Federation celebrates 100 years with a new exhibition, Dr Asha Kasliwal, President of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health, talks about her inspiration Dr Anandibai Gopal Joshi.

Until now, only men in Saudi Arabia were allowed driving licences and women who drove in public risked being arrested and fined. Following last week's decree to allow women to drive for the first time, we look at whether this is a step toward women in Saudi eventually gaining complete freedom from male guardianship, or will these moves be faced with a stubborn community refusing to change? Jenni speaks to Hatoon el Fasy, historian, activist and writer.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Kirsty Starkey.

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45 minutes


  • Women, Custody and Periods

    Duration: 09:22

  • Dido, Queen of Carthage

    Duration: 09:47

  • Economist Gender Pay Gap Research

    Duration: 08:35

  • Inspiring Women of Medicine: Dr Asha Kasliwal on Dr Anandibai Gopal Joshi

    Duration: 07:33

  • Saudi Women and Remaining Obstacles to Driving

    Duration: 07:01


Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Kirsty Starkey
Interviewed Guest Katie Kempen
Interviewed Guest Katy Barrow Grint
Interviewed Guest Chipo Chung
Interviewed Guest Edith Hall
Interviewed Guest Sacha Nauta
Interviewed Guest Asha Kasliwal
Interviewed Guest Hatoon el Fasy


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