podcast cover

100 Women

BBC World Service

4 FANS
Looking at the lives of women around the world
Best
Newest

27:25 | Oct 25th, 2017

Award-winning screen director Tope Oshin celebrates a new generation of Nigerian women film-makers who are currently reinventing Nollywood, the largest and most prolific film industry in Africa. She explores their distinctive approach to telling scre...Show More

26:58 | Oct 18th, 2017

Brazil is the C-section capital of the world. In a country where caesareans account for over half of all births and 88% in the private sector. BBC correspondent Julia Carneiro investigates what some call the “C-section epidemic”.

26:31 | Oct 12th, 2017

Indonesia has just conducted its first ever national survey on domestic violence. It found that 41% of women had experienced some form of domestic abuse. We hear about the work of a pioneering crisis and counselling centre offering holistic support, ...Show More

27:08 | Oct 11th, 2017

Rates of domestic violence in the Peruvian Andes are particularly high - nearly double the national average. The shocking case of violence against Arlette Contreras Bautista, was caught on hotel security cameras, led to calls for greater action again...Show More

26:31 | Oct 10th, 2017

Unity is a village without men set up by Samburu women in response to domestic abuse. Claire Bolderson reports from three different countries: Peru, Indonesia and Kenya. The issue that unites them all is domestic violence. It is not that the prob...Show More

26:31 | Oct 4th, 2017

All over the world women hold families together, work hard all hours of the day and have little power to change their lives for the better. To make that happen they need to organise. In a small corner of the Buenos Aires district of Argentina one wo...Show More

49:50 | Dec 9th, 2016

Sun City is one of America's biggest retirement communities and home to the Poms, a group of amazing women aged between 55 and 85. We follow the Poms as they rehearse for one of their biggest parades of the year. They train hard, squeezing into unfor...Show More

49:50 | Dec 9th, 2016

Sun City is one of America's biggest retirement communities and home to the Poms, a group of amazing women aged between 55 and 85. We follow the Poms as they rehearse for one of their biggest parades of the year. Their story is one of courage in the ...Show More

49:46 | Dec 9th, 2016

Among the women that history overlooked are Yelena Malyutina, Queen Muhumuza, Dame Janet Vaughan, Rosalind Franklin, Nazma Akter, Sizani Ngubane, Salika Amara, Mercedes Doretti and Morfydd Owen. This special edition of The History Hour explores t...Show More

09:00 | Dec 7th, 2016

In 2004, Kenyan Wangari Maathai became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She was an environmentalist and human rights activist who founded the Green Belt Movement in the 1970s. She focused on the planting of trees, conservation, a...Show More

26:50 | Dec 1st, 2016

Why is feminism still regarded by many as a word to avoid? Despite an ongoing gender pay gap, and a lack of female business leaders, why does the word continue to raise an eyebrow? Why is empowerment proving to be a great marketing tool, but feminism...Show More

26:29 | Dec 1st, 2016

Rachida Dati is a Member of the European Parliament and a Paris mayor. One of twelve children from a devout French/Moroccan Muslim family, her rise has been remarkable. A former Minister of Justice, Rachida Dati has never been far from controversy. S...Show More

22:59 | Nov 30th, 2016

Simone Biles is being called the greatest gymnast of all time, a sporting superstar who stunned audiences at the Rio Olympics. But now, at 19, she is ready to reflect on what lies ahead and to look back at the circumstances that have shaped who she i...Show More

26:49 | Nov 29th, 2016

Women from rural parts of India are bucking the trend and working in jobs traditionally done by men. In Rajasthan, Divya Arya drops in at the Barefoot College to meet ‘Solar Mamas’ learning solar engineering to take electricity to their remote villag...Show More

26:28 | Nov 29th, 2016

Chairwoman of Santander UK, Shriti Vadera is a leading voice in British business and as shining example of what can be achieved. Born in Uganda into a land-owning family, Shriti Vadera was exiled to India at the time of Idi Amin's expulsion of all of...Show More

17:29 | Nov 29th, 2016

The working life of Denmark's Tine Bryld, a radio personality, social worker and writer recently voted the country's most important woman in a century.

08:57 | Nov 29th, 2016

In 1996, England won the inaugural Home Nations championship in women's rugby. It was a major victory in the English players' fight for official recognition for their sport. Robert Nicholson talks to Gill Burns and Nicky Ponsford about how the women'...Show More

22:59 | Nov 28th, 2016

Alicia Keys started writing music at 15 years of age and her first album, recorded when she was only 19, won a record five Grammy awards. She talks about growing up in New York's Hell Kitchen, her determination not to be pigeon-holed as a performer o...Show More

26:36 | Nov 28th, 2016

Two presidential speech writers reveal their top tips for crafting a really memorable speech. Sarada Peri is Special Assistant and Senior Speechwriter to President Obama. She says a good speech writer is like a ghost, and that her job is really to in...Show More

26:50 | Nov 24th, 2016

From a Bolero concert to a cancer ward, and from the apartment of a guy who helps Cubans get foreign visas to an Afro-Cuban Santeria ceremony, reporter Deepa Fernandes finds out how ordinary Cuban women have lived, loved and invented their way throug...Show More

26:49 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Bouncer, mechanic, taxi driver and firefighter - just some of the jobs being done by women in India today. Divya Arya meets some of the women who are challenging gender stereotypes and breaking down social taboos in order to find work in areas tradit...Show More

34:45 | Nov 23rd, 2016

In 2002, the French Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt became perhaps one of the best-known hostages in the world when she was kidnapped and held for over six years, deep in the Colombian jungle, by the Farc. Watching Ingrid's emotional release o...Show More

26:48 | Dec 15th, 2015

Akwasi Sarpong visits Uganda’s thriving coding scene, to find out if home-grown, technology-based solutions can help tackle some of the country’s big development challenges.

26:47 | Dec 8th, 2015

Bola Mosuro travels to Ghana to meet the women who are making their mark in the male dominated world of technology, and inspiring young girls to follow in their footsteps.

04:22 | Dec 5th, 2015

The Syrian province of Deir Ezzor was taken over by Islamic State militants a year ago. A former teacher explains how she's expected to behave under the control of militants.

05:38 | Dec 5th, 2015

American high school student, Delaney Osborne explains the pressure she feels to behave in a certain way. Delaney is 17 years old, pregnant, and living with her mother.

04:53 | Dec 5th, 2015

22-year-old Lubov Russkina from the nomadic Khanty tribe in western Siberia explains to Olga Ivshina from the BBC Russian service what it means to be a good girl in her community

49:49 | Dec 4th, 2015

Is a relationship more or less likely to fail when a woman is successful? When is it right to put career aspirations on the back burner - to bring up a family? Live debate.

49:38 | Dec 2nd, 2015

Why aren't there more women in leadership roles - why do men still seem to be ahead, particularly in the corporate world? Are quotas the way to address the gender imbalance? Nuala McGovern chairs.

49:43 | Dec 2nd, 2015

How important is image? Are beautiful woman more likely to succeed? What has led to so many turning to plastic surgery? Does self improvement come from within or without? Listen to the live debate.

17:50 | Dec 2nd, 2015

Anu Anand speaks to three women in Delhi with very different experiences of life in this male-dominated country which hint at the big change in the gender balance. Anu Anand speaks to three women in Delhi with very different experiences of life in th...Show More

26:44 | Dec 1st, 2015

James Fletcher travels to one of America’s poorest cities to meet a passionate group of people working hard to get young, black women into technology and tech jobs.

26:51 | Nov 30th, 2015

Dr Comfort Momoh is a campaigner against the practice of female genital mutilation. She currently runs the African Well Woman’s clinic at Guys and St Thomas’ hospital in London, which she founded in 1997 to help women who have been subjected to the p...Show More

49:52 | Nov 30th, 2015

A Nigerian journalist, Hauwa Yusuf, and student, Abigail Olaley, discuss their arrival and making a life in the UK. Marvina Babs-Apata says that she didn’t know she was black until she arrived in Britain 17 years ago. She was surprised to find that s...Show More

17:50 | Nov 27th, 2015

Meet Maria Bueno who left El Salvador as a teen and now runs five businesses and a working mother who heads up communications for one of the biggest public transport companies

23:22 | Nov 27th, 2015

Fatou Bensouda’s quest for justice began as a young girl in Gambia she was disturbed by the plight of a female relative who suffered domestic abuse. She joined the International Criminal Court – the word’s only permanent war crimes court - in 2004 a...Show More

49:52 | Nov 26th, 2015

At the age of 18 and speaking barely a word of English, Izabella Brodzinska arrived in Edinburgh in 1957 to live with the father she had never met. Having fought with the British during World War Two, he was unable to return to their home in Poland. ...Show More

23:20 | Nov 26th, 2015

Hilary Swank has won Best Actress Academy Awards for her roles in Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby. Rajini Vaidyanathan discusses her background, influences and her work with the disadvantaged. Growing up in poverty in a trailer park success...Show More

23:22 | Nov 26th, 2015

Sania Mirza started playing tennis at the age of 6 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent names in the women’s game. She is considered a national treasure in her native India. But her life off the court has won her fans as well as critic...Show More

23:21 | Nov 25th, 2015

The Japanese Prime Minister has promised that within five years, around a third of all Japanese executives will be women. How achievable is that? Mariko Oi reports from Tokyo.

23:21 | Nov 24th, 2015

Nomsa Maseko talks to make-up entrepreneur Bobbi Brown about starting out in 1980s New York and her three-decade career developing the clean, polished look she is famous for.

23:22 | Nov 24th, 2015

Alek Wek is a model who spent years of her life fleeing from civil war in South Sudan. She talks to Anne Soy about being a model, life as a refugee and her father's lessons.

26:50 | Nov 24th, 2015

Two nurses who care around the clock for the sick and dying in Uganda and Singapore, discuss their priorities and experiences. Hear from Rose Kiwanuka and Subadhra Devi Rai.

26:50 | Nov 24th, 2015

London’s midwives deliver babies born to mothers from around the world. Smitha Mundasad talks to those who provide care for mothers in one of the world’s most diverse cities.

49:52 | Nov 23rd, 2015

How does the news serve and represent women? And why, in some countries, do women reject traditional news media for news on social media? A panel of experts on global news discuss

49:52 | Nov 22nd, 2015

Aasmah Mir hosts an intimate and revealing discussion between three women from the Jamaican diaspora in Handworth, a suburb of Birmingham. Enid Weir arrived in a cold, damp, dark Britain in 1960 and instantly wanted to return to Jamaica. But, at the ...Show More

49:51 | Nov 20th, 2015

Aasmah Mir hosts an intimate and revealing discussion between three women from the Bangladeshi diaspora in east London. Shaheen Choudhury Westcombe arrived in Britain in 1972 as civil war raged back home in Bangladesh. She was the first woman to trai...Show More