Kate Humble has spent time with communities all over the world, and has been struck by how often the roles of men and women tell us something about how a society works, and how the everyday lives of women in particular reveal its values.
In this series she explores three diverse and extraordinary communities in Kenya, Israel and India, where the roles of women are exceptional, complex and sometimes extreme.
Extreme Wives will be on BBC2 at 9pm on: Friday 10th, Friday 17th and Friday 24th November.
If you watched the programme on Kenya and FGM and would like to help, this is a small charity run by a local Kuria woman giving direct help to families: msichanaempowermentkuria.co.ke
You can contact the charity via the email address on the website.