Her Story Made History [The Documentary] [World Service]

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Betty Bigombe: Ugandan Peace Negotiator2019082020190821 (WS)
20190824 (WS)
Betty Bigombe spent much of her career trying to negotiate peace with the notorious warlord Joseph Kony. She was born in northern Uganda as one of 11 children. Betty focused on her education from an early age as she knew without it she herself would ‘probably have had 20 children and spent her life working in the fields. Instead she won a fellowship at Harvard where she received an MA in Public Administration. On returning to Uganda, she was asked by the newly installed president to go back to the north of the country, where she grew, up to try and stop the war raging there. The only way to do that was to convince Joseph Kony to engage in peace talks.

(Photo: Betty Bigombe (R) receives from Dutch ambassador Joke Brandt (L) the Geuzen Medal 2010. Credit: Robert Vos/AFP/Getty Images)

Betty Bigombe spent much of her career trying to negotiate peace with warlord Joseph Kony

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

(Photo: Betty Bigombe (R) receives from Dutch ambassador Joke Brandt (L) the Geuzen Medal 2010. Credit: Robert Vos/AFP/Getty Images)

Her Story Made History: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf20180307Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was the first elected female head of state in Africa

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Her Story Made History: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf2018030720180308 (WS)Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was the first elected female head of state in Africa

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Her Story Made History: Madeha Al-ajroush2018021420180215 (WS)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)

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

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Her Story Made History: Monica Mcwilliams2018020720180208 (WS)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)

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

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Her Story Made History: Shukria Barakzai2018022820180301 (WS)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

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Her Story Made History: Vigdis Finnbogadottir2018022120180222 (WS)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)

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

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Journalist Maria Ressa20190827

Maria Ressa, the Filipino-American journalist and author was included in Time's Person of the Year 2018 as one of a collection of journalists from around the world combating fake news. Earlier this year she was arrested for "cyber libel" amid accusations of corporate tax evasion. As an outspoken critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, her arrest was seen by the international community as a politically motivated act by the government.

(Photo:Chief Executive Officer of Rappler Maria Ressa. Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Filipino-American journalist and author Maria Ressa is one of a few combating fake news

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Journalist Maria Ressa2019082720190828 (WS)

Maria Ressa, the Filipino-American journalist and author was included in Time's Person of the Year 2018 as one of a collection of journalists from around the world combating fake news. Earlier this year she was arrested for "cyber libel" amid accusations of corporate tax evasion. As an outspoken critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, her arrest was seen by the international community as a politically motivated act by the government.

(Photo:Chief Executive Officer of Rappler Maria Ressa. Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Filipino-American journalist and author Maria Ressa is one of a few combating fake news

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Journalist Maria Ressa2019082720190831 (WS)

Maria Ressa, the Filipino-American journalist and author was included in Time's Person of the Year 2018 as one of a collection of journalists from around the world combating fake news. Earlier this year she was arrested for "cyber libel" amid accusations of corporate tax evasion. As an outspoken critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, her arrest was seen by the international community as a politically motivated act by the government.

(Photo:Chief Executive Officer of Rappler Maria Ressa. Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Filipino-American journalist and author Maria Ressa is one of a few combating fake news

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Journalist Maria Ressa2019082720190831 (WS)
20190828 (WS)
Maria Ressa, the Filipino-American journalist and author was included in Time's Person of the Year 2018 as one of a collection of journalists from around the world combating fake news. Earlier this year she was arrested for "cyber libel" amid accusations of corporate tax evasion. As an outspoken critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, her arrest was seen by the international community as a politically motivated act by the government.

(Photo:Chief Executive Officer of Rappler Maria Ressa. Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Filipino-American journalist and author Maria Ressa is one of a few combating fake news

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Michelle Bachelet: Chile's first female president20190903

Michelle Bachelet's father died after being detained and tortured during the first year of General Pinochet's dictatorial rule in Chile. More than 40 years later, Michelle became Chile's first female president. Lyse Doucet hears the story of her remarkable life.

(Photo: Michelle Bachelet. Credit: Chris Wattie/Reuters)

How Michelle Bachelet rose to be the first woman to serve as president of Chile

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Michelle Bachelet: Chile's first female president2019090320190904 (WS)

Michelle Bachelet's father died after being detained and tortured during the first year of General Pinochet's dictatorial rule in Chile. More than 40 years later, Michelle became Chile's first female president. Lyse Doucet hears the story of her remarkable life.

(Photo: Michelle Bachelet. Credit: Chris Wattie/Reuters)

How Michelle Bachelet rose to be the first woman to serve as president of Chile

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Michelle Bachelet: Chile's first female president2019090320190907 (WS)

Michelle Bachelet's father died after being detained and tortured during the first year of General Pinochet's dictatorial rule in Chile. More than 40 years later, Michelle became Chile's first female president. Lyse Doucet hears the story of her remarkable life.

(Photo: Michelle Bachelet. Credit: Chris Wattie/Reuters)

How Michelle Bachelet rose to be the first woman to serve as president of Chile

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Michelle Bachelet: Chile's first female president20190903Michelle Bachelet's father died after being detained and tortured during the first year of General Pinochet's dictatorial rule in Chile. More than 40 years later, Michelle became Chile's first female president. Lyse Doucet hears the story of her remarkable life.

(Photo: Michelle Bachelet. Credit: Chris Wattie/Reuters)

How Michelle Bachelet rose to be the first woman to serve as president of Chile

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Michelle Bachelet: Chile's first female president2019090320190904 (WS)Michelle Bachelet's father died after being detained and tortured during the first year of General Pinochet's dictatorial rule in Chile. More than 40 years later, Michelle became Chile's first female president. Lyse Doucet hears the story of her remarkable life.

(Photo: Michelle Bachelet. Credit: Chris Wattie/Reuters)

How Michelle Bachelet rose to be the first woman to serve as president of Chile

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Michelle Bachelet: Chile's first female president2019090320190907 (WS)Michelle Bachelet's father died after being detained and tortured during the first year of General Pinochet's dictatorial rule in Chile. More than 40 years later, Michelle became Chile's first female president. Lyse Doucet hears the story of her remarkable life.

(Photo: Michelle Bachelet. Credit: Chris Wattie/Reuters)

How Michelle Bachelet rose to be the first woman to serve as president of Chile

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Vaira Vi\u0137e-freiberga2019081320190814 (WS)This five-part series features in-depth interviews with remarkable women who have played a major role in the democratic process. Lyse meets women from across the globe, including from Latvia, Chile, Uganda and the Philippines. She hears their reflections and shares her own experiences in reporting from some of these countries.

Episode 1 – Vaira Viķe-Freiberga
Vaira Viķe-Freiberga became the first female president of Latvia in 1999, just eight months after returning to the country she left 54 years earlier. A dramatic childhood saw her leave Riga with her family in 1944, aged 7, after the Soviet invasion. After a spell in German refugee camps and some schooling in French Morocco, she and her family moved to Canada when she was 15. Vaira studied psychology and pursued a professional career at the Department of Psychology at the University of Montreal. She won many awards for her distinguished work in humanities and social sciences before returning to her homeland – and becoming president a mere eight months later.

Lyse Doucet interviews remarkable women who have changed democracy around the world.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Vaira Vi\u0137e-Freiberga: The first female president of Latvia20190813

Vaira Viķe-Freiberga became the first female president of Latvia in 1999, just eight months after returning to the country she left 54 years earlier. A dramatic childhood saw her leave Riga with her family in 1944, aged seven, after the Soviet invasion. After a spell in German refugee camps and some schooling in French Morocco, she and her family moved to Canada when she was 15. Vaira studied psychology and pursued a professional career at the Department of Psychology at the University of Montreal. She won many awards for her distinguished work in humanities and social sciences before returning to her homeland – and becoming president a mere eight months later.

(Photo: Former President of the Republic of Latvia Vaira Vike-Freiberga speaks at the 2015 Concordia Summit at Grand Hyatt New York. Credit: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)

Vaira Vi\u0137e-Freiberga became president of Latvia in 1999 and re-elected in 2003

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Vaira Vi\u0137e-Freiberga: The first female president of Latvia2019081320190814 (WS)

Vaira Viķe-Freiberga became the first female president of Latvia in 1999, just eight months after returning to the country she left 54 years earlier. A dramatic childhood saw her leave Riga with her family in 1944, aged seven, after the Soviet invasion. After a spell in German refugee camps and some schooling in French Morocco, she and her family moved to Canada when she was 15. Vaira studied psychology and pursued a professional career at the Department of Psychology at the University of Montreal. She won many awards for her distinguished work in humanities and social sciences before returning to her homeland – and becoming president a mere eight months later.

(Photo: Former President of the Republic of Latvia Vaira Vike-Freiberga speaks at the 2015 Concordia Summit at Grand Hyatt New York. Credit: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)

Vaira Vi\u0137e-Freiberga became president of Latvia in 1999 and re-elected in 2003

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Vaira Vi\u0137e-Freiberga: The first female president of Latvia2019081320190817 (WS)

Vaira Viķe-Freiberga became the first female president of Latvia in 1999, just eight months after returning to the country she left 54 years earlier. A dramatic childhood saw her leave Riga with her family in 1944, aged seven, after the Soviet invasion. After a spell in German refugee camps and some schooling in French Morocco, she and her family moved to Canada when she was 15. Vaira studied psychology and pursued a professional career at the Department of Psychology at the University of Montreal. She won many awards for her distinguished work in humanities and social sciences before returning to her homeland – and becoming president a mere eight months later.

(Photo: Former President of the Republic of Latvia Vaira Vike-Freiberga speaks at the 2015 Concordia Summit at Grand Hyatt New York. Credit: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)

Vaira Vi\u0137e-Freiberga became president of Latvia in 1999 and re-elected in 2003

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Vaira Vi\u0137e-Freiberga: The first female president of Latvia2019081320190817 (WS)
20190814 (WS)
Vaira Viķe-Freiberga became the first female president of Latvia in 1999, just eight months after returning to the country she left 54 years earlier. A dramatic childhood saw her leave Riga with her family in 1944, aged seven, after the Soviet invasion. After a spell in German refugee camps and some schooling in French Morocco, she and her family moved to Canada when she was 15. Vaira studied psychology and pursued a professional career at the Department of Psychology at the University of Montreal. She won many awards for her distinguished work in humanities and social sciences before returning to her homeland – and becoming president a mere eight months later.

(Photo: Former President of the Republic of Latvia Vaira Vike-Freiberga speaks at the 2015 Concordia Summit at Grand Hyatt New York. Credit: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)

Vaira Vi\u0137e-Freiberga became president of Latvia in 1999 and re-elected in 2003

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Vaira Viķe-Freiberga became the first female president of Latvia in 1999, just eight months after returning to the country she left 54 years earlier. A dramatic childhood saw her leave Riga with her family in 1944, aged seven, after the Soviet invasion. After a spell in German refugee camps and some schooling in French Morocco, she and her family moved to Canada when she was 15. Vaira studied psychology and pursued a professional career at the Department of Psychology at the University of Montreal. She won many awards for her distinguished work in humanities and social sciences before returning to her homeland – and becoming president a mere eight months later.

(Photo: Former President of the Republic of Latvia Vaira Vike-Freiberga speaks at the 2015 Concordia Summit at Grand Hyatt New York. Credit: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)

Vaira Vi\u0137e-Freiberga became president of Latvia in 1999 and re-elected in 2003

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Vaira Viķe-Freiberga became the first female president of Latvia in 1999, just eight months after returning to the country she left 54 years earlier. A dramatic childhood saw her leave Riga with her family in 1944, aged seven, after the Soviet invasion. After a spell in German refugee camps and some schooling in French Morocco, she and her family moved to Canada when she was 15. Vaira studied psychology and pursued a professional career at the Department of Psychology at the University of Montreal. She won many awards for her distinguished work in humanities and social sciences before returning to her homeland – and becoming president a mere eight months later.

(Photo: Former President of the Republic of Latvia Vaira Vike-Freiberga speaks at the 2015 Concordia Summit at Grand Hyatt New York. Credit: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)

Vaira Vi\u0137e-Freiberga became president of Latvia in 1999 and re-elected in 2003

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.