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Jean 'Binta' Breeze, Junior Doctors' Contract, Women in Films

April 5th, 2016

Episode 543 of 985 episodes

The poet Jean 'Binta' Breeze on her new collection, 'The Verandah Poems' and a life lived between Britain and Jamaica; The Department of Health have conducted what's called an Equalities Impact Assessment for the new Junior Doctors Contract. In it they acknowledge a potential disadvantage to women, but justify this because they say it's "achieving a legitimate aim." What kind of precedent does this set and what does it mean for women in the profession? The American writer, Cheryl Strayed, is the next link in The Chain; And the author and film-maker, Shamim Sarif, talks about her new film 'Despite the Falling Snow' and the challenges of making films which feature strong female characters.

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