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Sexminstergate, Refugees, 'Winnie', Nasty Women

Westminster's sexual harassment scandal; Pascale Lamche on Winnie Mandela; sex in long-term relationships; '100 Nasty Women of History'; and is the UK the best place for refugees?

As the defence secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, resigns and rumours of inappropriate sexual behaviour fly around the House of Commons, Jenni talks to Ayesha Hazarika, a political commentator and former advisor to Harriet Harman and Anna Soubry, the conservative MP for Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire and former business minister about what's going on.

In the next part of the Woman's Hour best place to be a woman report, we ask where's the best place to be a refugee, asylum seeker or migrant. Siobhann Tighe speaks to women who have settled in Britain and are learning English. Turkan came from Turkey as a student, Maryam came from Algeria to join her husband and Negeste is from Eritrea and says that it is unsafe to return there. Jenni also speaks to Mariam Kemple Hardy, the head of campaigns at Refugee Action.

A documentary about Winnie Mandela will be shown as part of the Film Africa Festival. Pascale Lamche, the award-winning director, discusses why she wanted to make a film about the woman who became such a divisive figure in South Africa's political history and why history habitually silences strong female leaders.

As part of the Woman's Hour's series 'The Spark: Sex in Long Term Relationships,' we hear from women experiencing a range of sexual issues. Today, reporter Abby Hollick speaks to Lizzie about her wish for a more satisfying sex life.

In the final debate of the 2016 US presidential election, Donald Trump called his opponent Hillary Clinton, "such a nasty woman". Some now see that phrase as a badge of honour and it was the catalyst for Hannah Jewell's new book 100 Nasty women of history. Jenni talks to Jewell about her why she wants to highlight them.

Presenter: Jenni Murray.

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45 minutes


  • Sexminstergate

    Duration: 07:44

  • Refugees

    Duration: 09:19

  • The Spark - Lizzie

    Duration: 08:20

  • 'Winnie'

    Duration: 08:42

  • Nasty Women

    Duration: 07:41

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Presenter Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest Ayesha Hazarika
Reporter Siobhann Tighe
Interviewed Guest Pascale Lamche
Reporter Abigail Hollick
Interviewed Guest Hannah Jewell


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