MUMBAI: Women will be better represented in the BBC's global
output in future, the BBC pledged as it launched a new season
of programming, 100 Women.
The season will turn the spotlight onto women's lives around
the world, and kick start a drive to feature more women's
voices and women's stories on the BBC's global news channels
- BBC World News, BBC.com and BBC World Service.
The 100 Women season of special reports, programmes and discussion
will run during October 2013. It will culminate in a global
conference where 100 women from around the world will assemble
at new broadcasting house in London to discuss some of the
crucial issues facing women today.
Editor of the 100 Women season Fiona Crack said: "We're
determined to make sure we are hearing women's voices and
telling women's stories on all of the BBC's global news channels.
This season is a chance for us to look at the big picture
and take stock of where we are with women's rights around
"More women than ever are finishing school, getting
jobs and making their way in politics and in business. But
violence remains a real threat to millions of girls and women
around the world. And what about the demands of balancing
work and family life? We want to look both at how things are
changing, and into the future to see where these trends may
take us," she added
Controller of Language Services Liliane Landor said: "This
season comes in direct response to our audience's feedback.
Women have told us they want to hear themselves and their
experiences better reflected and represented on the World
Starting from 1 October 2013, content will run on TV, radio
and online, including: Katty Kay will report on how more US
families now depend on women's wages, Anne Soy will report
on Uganda's Nobel prize-winning midwife and the changes in
maternal mortality in the country. With rape reporting doubling
in the last year in India, authorities are looking at more
ways to make women safer, including female police patrols
in Delhi, Rupa Jha will look at how effective changes have
been. While Karishma Vaswani will ask how this will change
women's lives and job opportunities with a moratorium on domestic
workers being introduced from 2016 in Indosenia. Shaimaa Khalil
will go home to Cairo to see what girls and women could learn
from their sisters in Kurdistan about curbing the practice.
VladSokhin will examine the extreme levels of violence against
women in Papua New Guinea. Mishal Husain will interview Pakistani
school girl, Malala Yusufzai in her first broadcast interview
since surviving being shot in the head by the Taliban last
The 100 women conference will be streamed on a live event
page on the BBC News website and broadcast live in English
on BBC World News TV and World Service radio, as well as by
many of its 27 global languages services.