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England Women into the World Cup Semi-Finals Woman's Hour

England women’s football team are through to the semi-finals of the World Cup. Ahead of the game on Tuesday evening we discuss their chances of winning the competition and the blossoming global love for the women’s game with Sunday Times sports journalist, Rebecca Myers and Patricia Gregory, who worked for BBC Sport and was one of the founders of the Women's Football Association.

TUC research found that more than 52% of women – and nearly seven out of ten LGBT people – have experienced sexual harassment at work. Currently there is no duty on UK employers to prevent sexual harassment. A new campaign seeks to close the gap in the law that allows too many workplaces to treat such abuse as a sad inevitability. ‘This is not working’ is supported by unions, women’s rights organisations and charities. We hear from an anonymous case study and Nicola Smith, Head of Equality for the TUC joins Jane Garvey.

Anuradha TK is a space engineer and specialises in sending satellites into space. She is the Geosat Programme Director at, the Indian space research organisation. She’s in London to take part in ‘The Engineers: Space Flight', a special event staged by the BBC World Service and the Royal Commission for the Great Exhibition of 1851 – to be broadcast on 13th and 14th of July.

Why are women asked to undergo painful medical procedures like hysteroscopy without adequate warning and pain relief? What are the guidelines, how were they put together, are all hospitals following them, and what is being done to monitor their use? Mrs Caroline Overton is a Consultant Gynaecologist at St Michael’s University Hospital in Bristol, spokesperson for the RCOG, and previously Chair of the RCOG’s Guidelines and Patient Information Committees. She answers these questions and responds to listeners’ emails about their own experience.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Kirsty Starkey

Interviewed Guest: Rebecca Myers
Interviewed Guest: Patricia Gregory
Interviewed Guest: Nicola Smith
Interviewed Guest: Anuradha TK
Interviewed Guest: Caroline Overton

England women’s football team are through to the semi-finals of the World Cup. Ahead of the game on Tuesday evening we discuss their chances of winning the competition and the blossoming global love for the women’s game with Sunday Times sports journalist, Rebecca Myers and Patricia Gregory, who worked for BBC Sport and was one of the founders of the Women's Football Association.

TUC research found that more than 52% of women – and nearly seven out of ten LGBT people – have experienced sexual harassment at work. Currently there is no duty on UK employers to prevent sexual harassment. A new campaign seeks to close the gap in the law that allows too many workplaces to treat such abuse as a sad inevitability. ‘This is not working’ is supported by unions, women’s rights organisations and charities. We hear from an anonymous case study and Nicola Smith, Head of Equality for the TUC joins Jane Garvey.

Anuradha TK is a space engineer and specialises in sending satellites into space. She is the Geosat Programme Director at, the Indian space research organisation. She’s in London to take part in ‘The Engineers: Space Flight', a special event staged by the BBC World Service and the Royal Commission for the Great Exhibition of 1851 – to be broadcast on 13th and 14th of July.

Why are women asked to undergo painful medical procedures like hysteroscopy without adequate warning and pain relief? What are the guidelines, how were they put together, are all hospitals following them, and what is being done to monitor their use? Mrs Caroline Overton is a Consultant Gynaecologist at St Michael’s University Hospital in Bristol, spokesperson for the RCOG, and previously Chair of the RCOG’s Guidelines and Patient Information Committees. She answers these questions and responds to listeners’ emails about their own experience.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Kirsty Starkey

Interviewed Guest: Rebecca Myers
Interviewed Guest: Patricia Gregory
Interviewed Guest: Nicola Smith
Interviewed Guest: Anuradha TK
Interviewed Guest: Caroline Overton

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