Airing Friday 16th February
|Riz Khan with Jihan Sadat|
She was fifteen when she met her hero and fell in Love. She became First Lady to a nation and supported women’s rights throughout the Middle East. But as her husband worked for peace in the region, the fairytale ended before her eyes with an assassin's bullet. Riz Khan interviews the widow of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. It’s as an advocate for peace and the rights of women that Jihan Sadat has made her mark over the years.
Born in Cairo to an Egyptian surgeon and a traditional English mother, she followed politics from an early age and admired the charismatic national hero, Anwar Sadat. Soon after being released from prison for his resistance against British rule, Sadat met the young Jihan at her 15th birthday party. Despite their age difference, a romance was born.
As First Lady of Egypt, Jihan Sadat used her influence to advocate for women, the poor and infirmed. She fought for the passage of legislation granting women greater rights, and believed that education was the key to women’s advancement in society.
Then, in one tragic moment, her life changed forever. Jihan Sadat has learned to move on and rebuild her life for the sake of her children. Having gone back to college at the age of 40 to earn her Ph.D she now teaches in America and speaks out for peace and women’s rights around the globe.
Airing 23rd February 2007
Mary Robinson was the first female President of Ireland, serving from 1990 to 1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from 1997 to 2002. She is credited by many as having revitalised and liberalised a previously conservative political office.
|Mary Robinson [EPA] |
Born to a family of doctors, Mary Robinson, traces her roots to both rebels and servants of the Crown. She attended Dublin’s Trinity College - unheard of for a Catholic… and defied her parents' wishes by marrying a Protestant.
In 1990 she was elected President of Ireland and is credited as having revitalized and liberalized a previously conservative and largely ceremonial office.
Robinson stepped down four months before her term ended to become the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights – a cause she is extremely passionate about.
Her newest project is Realizing Rights: the Ethical Globalization Initiative.
Outspoken on issues of contraception and Gay and Lesbian rights, as
well as the role of the Church, Robinson continues to be an important symbol for Ireland growing succes.
Airing 02nd March 2007
|Riz Khan talks with Brian Adams |
With a distinctive voice and catchy lyrics, this rock`n roll icon’s music has won him fans around the world. He tours extensively, making time for charity, and has excelled in another art: photography. Riz Khan interviews Canadian based rocker Bryan Adams.
Bryan Adams has a way of connecting with his fans with songs that are pure rock infused with boundless energy. When he sings, the crowd roars.
Despite his Canadian roots, Adams did his growing up around the world as he moved from country to country with his diplomat family. That in part has shaped his view on charity and fundraising, something he has often built into his touring and performing schedule.
Adams also became a staunch advocate in the battle against breast cancer after losing a close friend to the disease. He has even used his significant talents as a photographer to raise money for the cause, including a book featuring portraits of high profile American women.
Bryan Adams continues to tour to places other Western rock stars haven’t even considered… and points out that there’s still a lot more world out there for him to see.