Being [The Compass] [World Service]

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01Mexico City: Women2020012920200202 (WS)Mexico has always felt like a country where men live on their own terms. A place where women strive for equality - and safety. More than nine are murdered in the country every day, according to UN Women. Tim Samuels and Anna Holligan travel to Mexico City and hear from a sports commentator, a domestic worker, journalists, newspaper editors and aspiring actresses. Mexican women are marching, calling on authorities to do more to combat the high rates of femicide - the murder of a woman because of her gender. Accusations of discrimination and harassment, most of them anonymous and in creative industries, have spread online. But what impact will the #MeToo movement have?

Producers: Barney Rowntree and Ant Adeane
Editor: Gloria Abramoff

(Photo: Feminist students protest against femicide and violence against women in Mexico, Ibero University, Mexico City. Credit: Getty Images)

Mexican women are calling on authorities to do more to combat the high rates of femicide

With ideas too big for a single episode, The Compass presents mini-series about society

02Mexico City: Men2020020520200209 (WS)Tim Samuels and Anna Holligan travel to Mexico City. As parts of the world go through something of a gender reckoning, have these forces made much of a dent in Mexico? Last time, Anna spent time with women in this sprawling metropolis, hearing how the ever-present threat of violence lingers below the surface for many. In this episode she hears from men. The first wisps of the MeToo movement have belatedly started to blow into Mexico, but this is unlikely to be fertile soil for an outburst of equality. This is a country where six out of 10 women say they have experienced some kind of violence. We hear from a teacher working in one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods of Mexico City, a psychologist, the editor of a men’s magazine and the father of a girl who was murdered by her boyfriend.

Producers: Barney Rowntree and Ant Adeane

(Photo: Men holding a Mexican flag tinted in red symbolising blood during a march for peace and to protest against a wave of violent crimes. Credit: Pedro Pardo/AFP)

As the MeToo movement gains momentum in Mexico City how do the men see gender equality?

With ideas too big for a single episode, The Compass presents mini-series about society

At a pivotal point in gender relations, Tim Samuels and Anna Holligan head to Mexico and Poland to hear what's on the minds of women and men. They speak to a wide range of people, building a nuanced and stereotype-defying mosaic of the gender experience. An experience that sits in the context of gender violence, rapidly-shifting economies, lurches towards political authoritarianism, and the question of whether #MeToo really rippled out beyond parts of the West.
And in Poland women, uncertain rather than challenging - some women will support the abortion law change.
It’s an uncertain time for many women, with a proposed tightening of abortion laws and many women's organisations under threat.

What's on the minds of women and men in Mexico and Poland?

03Poland: Women2020021220200216 (WS)Tim Samuels and Anna Holligan travel to Warsaw to find out what's on the minds of men and women. It's a time of political change in Poland. The recent general election saw the biggest turnout since 1989. Gender has become one of the most fraught political issues, with LGBT rights and so-called 'gender ideology' being held up by prominent politicians as threats to the Polish way of life. It has been a challenging time for many women, with a proposed tightening of abortion laws and many women's organisations under threat.

We go door to door with the social workers implementing Law and Justice's controversial 500+ policy that pulls women out of poverty while reinforcing traditional family values, we travel out of Warsaw to meet a paramilitary troop, and we look at the changing complexion of dating in a country where relations between men and women are subtly shifting.

Producer: Ant Adeane and Barney Rowntree

(Photo: Protesters with banner that reads - Freedom - in Gdansk, Poland, 2018. Credit: Getty Images)

Gender is a fraught political issue in Poland and many women are feeling challenged

With ideas too big for a single episode, The Compass presents mini-series about society

04Poland: Men and gender relations2020021920200223 (WS)It is a time of political change in Poland. The recent general election saw the biggest turnout since 1989 and the end of communism. And gender has become one of the most fraught political issues, with the ruling Law and Justice Party holding up LGBT rights and so-called 'gender ideology' as being enemies to the Polish way of life. Anything that goes against traditional values has the potential of being held as a threat to Polish identity.

Tim Samuels and Anna Holligan travel to Warsaw and meet a young man who is struggling to get custody of his son because of what he sees as the prioritising of mothers over fathers; they look at why the far-right is on the rise among young men in Poland, and they go to a Legia Warsaw game to find out what men in Warsaw are really thinking about at this pivotal point for gender relations in Poland.

(Photo: A man holds a sign reading We are Polish, we have Polish duties, during the March for Life, an anti-abortion march in Warsaw. Credit: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

What men in Poland are really thinking about the pivotal point for gender relations

With ideas too big for a single episode, The Compass presents mini-series about society

04Poland: Men And Gender Relations2020021920200223 (WS)It is a time of political change in Poland. The recent general election saw the biggest turnout since 1989 and the end of communism. And gender has become one of the most fraught political issues, with the ruling Law and Justice Party holding up LGBT rights and so-called 'gender ideology' as being enemies to the Polish way of life. Anything that goes against traditional values has the potential of being held as a threat to Polish identity.

Tim Samuels and Anna Holligan travel to Warsaw and meet a young man who is struggling to get custody of his son because of what he sees as the prioritising of mothers over fathers; they look at why the far-right is on the rise among young men in Poland, and they go to a Legia Warsaw game to find out what men in Warsaw are really thinking about at this pivotal point for gender relations in Poland.

(Photo: A man holds a sign reading We are Polish, we have Polish duties, during the March for Life, an anti-abortion march in Warsaw. Credit: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

What men in Poland are really thinking about the pivotal point for gender relations

With ideas too big for a single episode, The Compass presents mini-series about society

At a pivotal point in gender relations, Tim Samuels and Anna Holligan head to Mexico and Poland to hear what's on the minds of women and men. They speak to a wide range of people, building a nuanced and stereotype-defying mosaic of the gender experience. An experience that sits in the context of gender violence, rapidly-shifting economies, lurches towards political authoritarianism, and the question of whether #MeToo really rippled out beyond parts of the West.
And in Poland women, uncertain rather than challenging - some women will support the abortion law change.
It’s an uncertain time for many women, with a proposed tightening of abortion laws and many women's organisations under threat.

What's on the minds of women and men in Mexico and Poland?