Woman's Hour

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Anne-Marie Slaughter on work-life balance, Female refugees, Forensic pathologist Professor Helen Whitwell

January 25th, 2016

Episode 477 of 985 episodes

Anne-Marie Slaughter caused an internet furore in 2012 with her essay "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" which described her experience of holding down a demanding job whilst parenting equally demanding teenage sons. In her new book Unfinished Business, Anne-Marie explains why the problem of the work/life balance lies not with women but with the workplace, and suggests a radical rethink of the way that we approach our working lives. Women and children now outnumber male refugees making the difficult crossing to Greece. New research by Amnesty International shows these women and girl refugees face violence, assault, exploitation and sexual harassment as they travel. We explore what, if any measures are being put in place to protect them. It's the 20th anniversary of the TV series, Silent Witness. Professor Helen Whitwell is the forensic pathologist on whom the original series was based. So how close to life is Silent Witness? How often are pathologists at odds with the police? And what draws a person into a career examining dead bodies in minute detail? Public health experts want changes to how women are screened for cervical cancer, meaning that far fewer young women would face recall for repeat tests. Dr Anne Mackie, Director of Screening for Public Health England, on why she is recommending testing for the human papillomavirus as a more effective first approach. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Lucinda Montefiore.

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