Documentary - Her Story Made History, The [world Service]


01Her Story Made History: Monica Mcwilliams20180207

Monica McWilliams was one of two women at the negotiations of the Good Friday Agreement

Monica McWilliams was one of only two local women who were at the table during negotiations which led to the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. BBC Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet visits Belfast to hear her story.

On the 100th anniversary of the first time British women won the vote. Lyse travels across the globe, meeting women from Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Liberia and Iceland to discover that the victory of 1918 in Britain has continued to resonate through the century. She hears reflections from some of the world’s most influential women’s rights activists, including former presidents, and shares her own experiences in reporting from some of the most troubled regions.

(Photo: Monica McWilliams)

02Her Story Made History: Madeha Al-ajroush20180214

Madeha al-Ajroush battled for 30 years to get women the right to drive in Saudi Arabia

Lyse Doucet travels to Saudi Arabia to meet Madeha al-Ajroush, who battled for 30 years to get women the right to drive. It is a battle she has now won, as women in the kingdom will legally be allowed to drive later this year. As a Saudi woman, she says, "you’ll always be treated like a child and never like an adult. And that was a problem, and it continued till this day - but things are opening up now."

(Photo: Madeha al-Ajroush driving courtesy of Madeha)

03Her Story Made History: Vigdis Finnbogadottir20180221

In 1980, Vigdis Finnbogadottir became the first female head of state of Iceland

In 1980, the tiny country of Iceland did something no other nation had done. They elected a female head of state. BBC chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet travels to Reykjavik to meet Vigdis Finnbogadottir. Now 87, she was president for exactly 16 years and remains the longest-serving elected female head of state of any country to date. "That’s what I have given to the girls of this country," she says: “If she can, I can.”

(Photo: Vigdis Finnbogadottir)

04Her Story Made History: Shukria Barakzai20180228

Lyse Doucet meets the redoubtable Shukria Barakzai, Afghanistan's ambassador to Norway. Shukria was appointed a member of the 2003 loya jirga, a body of representatives from all over Afghanistan that was nominated to discuss and pass the new constitution after the fall of the Taliban. In the October 2004 elections she was elected as a member of the House of the People or Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of the National Assembly of Afghanistan. She was one of only a handful of female MPs to speak up for women's rights, and faced death threats for her views. In November 2014 she was injured in a suicide attack on a convoy in which she was travelling in Kabul.

(Photo: Shukria Barakzai. Credit: Massoud Hossaini/Getty Images)

Shukria Barakzai was one of a handful of female MPs in Afghanistan to speak up for women