Woman's Hour

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WHNews: France and the banning of the burqa

January 13th, 2015

Episode 116 of 721 episodes

Jane Garvey explores freedom of expression and the ban of the face veil in France with Myriam Francois-Cerrah and Tehmina Kazi; Kate Gross died of cancer on Christmas morning, leaving five-year-old twin boys. Her mother, Jean, talks about Kate and her book, Late Fragments; Composer Debbie Wiseman talks about the score she has written for the highly anticipated adaptation of Wolf Hall, based on Hilary Mantel's novels. A new EU ruling means that parents in Britain will be able to request up to 18 weeks of unpaid leave until their child's 18th birthday. So are teen years a time when parental support is needed more? And how understanding are workplaces of requests for leave or flexible working from parents of older children?