By BBC World Service International Publicity
Published November 28, 2015
More than 100 conversations across the world shall on December 1, 2015 discuss what it means to be a â€œgood girlâ€ or an â€œideal womanâ€.
This, done as part of BBC 100 Women, a season dedicated to shining a light on womenâ€™s lives around the world, will bring together a series of debates from across the globe, to be broadcast live on television, on Radio and online.
Besides hosting debates throughout the day at BBC Broadcasting House in London, more than 100 conversations will happen across the globe in eight languages. In Africa, many groups across the continent will host discussions to contribute to the BBCâ€™s live feed, including the Rape Crisis Centre in South Africa, Kinshasa Woman in the DRC, Women Journalists of Nigeria and the 50/50 group in Sierra Leone.
Focussing on leadership, image and relationships, the debates will ask women across the world if they feel they have to conform to what is considered the â€œright wayâ€ to behave. They will also be asked what they believe to be a â€œgood girlâ€ and who decides what is â€œgoodâ€ â€“ them, their family or society. The debates will also find out how women react to those pressures and expectations, and if they accept or reject them.
Fiona Crack, BBC 100 Women Editor said: â€œThis debate is really special because we are giving women around the world the opportunity to have their voices heard on topics that matter to them. Weâ€™ll be tapping in to more than 100 conversations happening in almost 50 countries. The level of response weâ€™ve had of people wanting to take part is testament to how needed these debates are.â€
Also taking part in the debates are SolidaritÃ© FM Benin, Building Maison De La Bible in Burundi, the Womenâ€™s Lobby in Cameroon, Women of Character in Ghana, Marrakesh Inspiration in Morocco, The Senegal Womenâ€™s group, The University of West Cape in South Africa, the South Sudan Empowerment Network, the Centre for Domestic Violence Prevention in Uganda, the Zambia National Womenâ€™s Lobby and the Womenâ€™s Lawyers Association of Zimbabwe, among others.