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In honour of International Women’s Day 2015 (this Sunday, 8th March 2015) we’ve put together a round-up of TV and Radio broadcasts that could be used in a classroom, or seminar,  to explore the day. From programmes celebrating the lives of great women, to those considering the impact of being a woman in different places around the world, these broadcasts could be the springboard into a deeper discussion with students.

After I was Gorgeous (BBC Radio 4)

“Deborah Bull – former principal dancer of the Royal Ballet – probes society’s obsession with beauty, and what happens to the ‘beautiful’ when the interest begins to fade away

 

BBC World Service – International Women’s Day Round Up

A collection of interviews and features looking at inspiring women from around the world, including Malala Yousafzai, Dr Nawal El Saadawi, and  Shirley Chisholm.

 

Blurred Lines: the New Battle of the Sexes (BBC2)

Clips are available from the Kirsty Wark fronted programme that aired last year.

 

Conjuring Halie (BBC Radio 4)

Cerys Matthews explores the life and legacy of gospel singer Mahalia “Halie” Jackson.

 

A Letter for Daphne (BBC Radio 4)

“Novelist Julie Myerson pays a very personal tribute to Daphne du Maurier”

 

The Woman’s Hour Debate: Can Porn Empower Women? (Sunday, 5pm, BBC Radio 4)

Jane Garvey hosts the debate held at London’s Southbank Centre.

 

The Cruel Cut (Channel 4) and The Day I Will Never Forget (Channel 4)

Both of these programmes discuss the practise of FGM and so may be more suitable for older students.

 

Storyville: India’s Daughter (BBC4)

A deeply affecting exploration of the climate in India following the brutal rape and murder of a young woman who was travelling on a bus in Delhi in December 2012.

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