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Home education, Women and comics, Sondra Perry

Home education and 'unschooling': what's the appeal to parents? Plus women and comics, Sondra Perry and the impact of women's economic empowerment in the developing world.

Why are an increasing number of parents choosing to educate their children at home, instead of in a conventional school? Vickie who 'unschools' her daughter and Callie Vandewiele who was home educated in the US and is now completing her PhD at Cambridge University discuss the merits along with Dr Helen Lees, Reader in Alternative Education Studies at Newman University in Birmingham.

Women's economic empowerment in the developing world comes at a cost, according to new research in India, Nepal, Rwanda and Tanzania carried out by the Institute of Development Studies. Deepta Chopra, Lead Researcher of the IDS report, joins Jane to discuss the global findings and the policy changes needed if global gender equality is to be achieved.

Ahead of a weekend of Comic Con events around the country we speak to two women about their passion for comics and why the comic world is becoming far less male dominated. Louise Grainger is the co-founder of Dunfermline Comic Con and Holly Ringsell runs her own comic book shop in Essex. What do they make of .Joss Whedon's assertion he had to step down from writing and directing a new Bat Girl film because he couldn't come up with a good enough story for the character?

Sondra Perry is a visual artist, using video and post production techniques to highlight race, oppression and internet culture. Her first solo exhibition, Typhoon Coming On, opens at The Serpentine Galleries in March.

Presented by Jane Garvey
Produced by Jane Thurlow.

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41 minutes


  • Women's Economic Empowerment in the Developing World

    Duration: 08:34

  • Home Education

    Duration: 12:44

  • Women and Comics

    Duration: 09:34

  • Sondra Perry

    Duration: 05:57


Role Contributor
Presenter Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest Helen Lees
Interviewed Guest Callie Vandewiele
Interviewed Guest Deepta Chopra
Interviewed Guest Louise Grainger
Interviewed Guest Holly Ringsell
Interviewed Guest Sondra Perry
Producer Jane Thurlow


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