Woman's Hour

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Abduction in Africa, Julie Burchill on malice, Women divided by money

October 14th, 2016

Episode 715 of 985 episodes

As it's announced that 21 of the 250 girls abducted more than two years ago in Northern Nigeria have been released, Theresa Ikoko discusses her play 'Girls' telling the story of a friendship between three young women who are abducted by a militant group from a village in an unnamed African country. Women in the workplace now make up more of the top income groups but remain a distinct minority becoming rarer the higher they climb, according to recent research. Journalist Eve Livingston thinks the continued focus on this small group of women disadvantages the majority who face more serious economic inequalities. She joins Peninah Thomson, Chief Executive of the Mentoring Foundation. Zeinab Sekaanvand was 17 when she was arrested in Iran for murdering her husband, after marriage as a child bride at 15. Her death sentence was postponed due to a pregnancy in prison, reported to have ended in a stillbirth. Human rights activists now fear her execution is imminent. Mansoureh Mills of Amnesty International discusses the case and criminal justice in the country. Julie Burchill in her latest column on overrated virtues and underrated vices - this week the vice she's possibly most famous for, malice. French cook Eugenie Brazier gave her name to La Mère Brazier - once the most famous restaurant in France. Food writer Drew Smith who has translated her book of the same name on why he considers her cuisine the start of modern French gastronomy, despite her birth in 1895 as the daughter of a peasant farmer. There's more from Lauren Laverne's playlist to celebrate Woman's Hour at 70 - today she looks back to1962 and Etta James with Something's Got a Hold on Me.

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