BBC Radio 4 – Woman’s Hour, Carers and the pandemic, Blind pregnancy test, Suffrage Science Award

Caring for a loved one with dementia can be challenging at any time, but how are people coping months into the pandemic? We revisit Liz caring for Mike, and Chris caring for Helen. Show more In April we spoke to Liz Brookes who looks after her husband Mike, who has […]

Caring for a loved one with dementia can be challenging at any time, but how are people coping months into the pandemic? We revisit Liz caring for Mike, and Chris caring for Helen.

In April we spoke to Liz Brookes who looks after her husband Mike, who has had vascular dementia and to Chris Black who cares for his wife, Helen, who has Picks disease, or Frontal Temperal dementia. How they are getting on six months later? Emily Holzhausen, Director of Policy and Public Affairs from Carers UK joins them.

For blind or partially sighted women it is impossible to read visual results of a standard pregnancy test. The Royal National Institute for the Blind has designed a prototype for a tactile test which means the user can maintain their independence and privacy. Jane Garvey talks to the Chair of the RNIB Ellie Southwood.

Leila and Sahand were both married to other people when they fell in love and had a child together. Adultery is a crime in Iran, fearing for their lives they fled their homeland for a safe life elsewhere. We speak to Leila and to the director Eva Mulvad who has made a documentary film ‘Love Child’ about their life over the last seven years.

Women still make up only 24% of those working in core science, technology, engineering and mathematics occupations in the UK, and recent data has revealed that women make up just 13% of students studying computer science in the UK. There is a similar lack of women studying mathematics courses. The Suffrage Science awards scheme hopes to change this. Jane is joined by science communicator Dr. Kat Arney and Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Lucinda Montefiore

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