Rebecca Hawkes | 18-09-2013
The BBC is to give a stronger voice to women in its global news output with a new season of programming, 100 Women, set to shine a light on the lives of women around the world.
The 100 Women season, which runs during October, will feature special reports, programmes and discussions across BBC World News television, BBC World Service radio and BBC.com.
"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 the world," said Fiona Crack, editor, 100 Women.
"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."
Issues to be covered include sexual violence in India, maternal mortality in Uganda, domestic workers in Indonesia, female genital mutilation in Kurdistan and Egypt, women breadwinners in the US, and violence against women in Papua New Guinea. Other special reports include the first broadcast interview with remarkable Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai after she was shot in the head by the Taliban in October 2012, and interviews with women, now in their 70s, about their lives and careers as experts in their fields.
Liliane Landor, controller of language services, BBC, says: "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 Service.
"And the World Service has a unique role to play, hosting a global debate where women from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe can share their experiences with one another."