The social sector's moral authority was once its greatest strength. Now I believe it has become one of its greatest weaknesses. The belligerence that comes from self-righteousness may have got us to the top table in business and government. But now it is what stops us building the new creative relationships and ideas that can embed the systems change we need.
The Bill would massively restrict the amount that campaigning charities and other UK community groups could spend in the year before an election whilst silencing us with unnecessary red tape. And if you're wondering why US-style funding systems don't yet exist in the UK, it's because they're already illegal.
If the Lobbying Bill comes into effect without an exemption for charities, we believe the UK will damage its reputation for advancing civic freedoms and undermine the nation's "soft power" as a consequence. We have long been admired globally for our enabling environment for civil society organisations, but this Bill would see us following regressive international trends in the relationship between governments and civil society.
In recent weeks many have set out clearly and convincingly why the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill, which is receiving its second reading today, is nothing short of a direct threat to the voice of civil society, freedom of speech, and the fundamentals of democracy.
I am afraid that I have to tell you all that it's a difficult time to be disabled in the UK right now. Whatever the pros and cons of the current benefit reforms might be, the wildly contradicting reports and views from the media mean that those people who are personally effected by the changes are under a considerable amount of stress and worry about what the future might hold.
On average, two campaigns a week win on Change.org in the UK - most of them powered by incredible stories of how big, structural issues impact on peoples daily lives. What they have in common is that one person wanted to change something so much that they told their story and built a movement around it. In doing so they shifted how power works: from the top down to the bottom up and have often sparked a much wider debate on the bigger issue around their campaign.
Feminism means that gender equality should become the norm. It is a work of changing the mentalities now and here, the wrong habits of inequality in our world. I was born in Casablanca in Morocco and grew up in Paris; I was exposed to gender inequality early on in my life, and have always striven to fight openly against it.