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'Beauty Day' gives respite to women in the Calais 'Jungle'

August 2nd, 2016

Episode 648 of 985 episodes

A 'sensitive' introduction to a different culture should be available to men settling in Britain, says Labour MP, Thangam Debbonaire, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees. In Norway it is compulsory for every asylum seeker to attend classes on female rights and respect for women. How effective are these classes, how are they received by the refugees themselves and should something similar be established in the UK? Zoe Gardner from Asylum Aid joins journalist, Jenny Kleeman to discuss. In the latest of our Summer of Love series the writer Jenny Colgan explains why there is still pleasure to be had from watching Pretty Woman despite its sexual politics. And, the journalist and sex educator Alix Fox on Julia Roberts' portrayal of a sex worker rescued by a millionaire. Around 600 women currently live in the refugee and migrant camp in Calais. The Unofficial Women and Children's centre run by Help Refugees stocks nappies, shampoo, sanitary items and tickets for clothes and shoes distribution. Men are never allowed inside the centre. On a Saturday residents gather for the weekly 'Beauty Day', a free service which gives the women chance to socialise. In this month's edition of Women's Health, five of the members of the women's GB rugby sevens team have taken part in a nude photo shoot aiming to celebrate female bodies of different shapes and different sizes. Is it an empowering portrayal or does it undermine a message that women's sport is taken seriously? Presenter: Nikki Bedi Producer: Kirsty Starkey.

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