1970 - Half the People (1997)

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  • Half the People: 1969 Alternative


The twenty-second programme in a twenty-six part history of the 20th century, using eye-witness accounts and archive footage. Looks through the eyes of women all over the world to examine how attitudes towards sexual equality have changed since World War II, and how much remains unchanged. Records how equal opportunity struggles, the women's movement and the contraceptive pill have helped to change the lives of women in the west, without improving those of women in developing countries, especially those in countries where attitudes to women are enshrined in the culture. Millions of Muslim women have been obliged to re-adopt the veil after years of western modernisation, while, in China, countless baby girls are missing from official records. However, in Africa, some young mothers are refusing to have their daughters circumcised and, in India, women have marched together to protest against "dowry" violence. Concludes with the 1995 UN Women's Conference held in Beijing.

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