In my last post I talked you through the Accessible Tourism conference I spoke at in Spain. Now I want to share with you how I got on in Madrid outside of my professional responsibilities.
People in the UK are starting to take an awful lot more interest in where their goods come from, demanding that we know as much as possible about the provenance of our food, and making our choices accordingly. Most now know that eating free-range eggs and chicken at least shows you care that animals aren't tortured so we can eat.
Let me tell you about two places I went to in Palestine to demonstrate the impact of the illegal Israeli settlements of the people who rightfully live there...
There are 9.9m disabled people living in England. This includes adults with mental health issues, or those who have learning or physical disabilities ...
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) awareness week is from the 28th September to 4th October 2015. As a young woman with SMA myself, I've written an open ...
I have worked for over 20 years helping women around the world to rebuild their lives and fulfil their potential. The crisis that Syrian, Iraqi and Nigerian women are facing right now is playing on my mind every day - I do not want to wait any longer to provide the support they need right now.
Tourism Conference in Madrid - featuredLast week I was invited to Madrid by the huge national Spanish Charity, Once. They are funded from the sales of lottery tickets, and run many projects for disabled people. Their staff and board of trustees are heavily represented by disabled people which I applaud.
A just and safe world for all people won't emerge spontaneously from a tidy catalogue of aspirations or a "bureaucratic exercise of drawing up long lists of good proposals" as the Pope described it. It has to be created. That is the task ahead. And it needs to be at the top of all of our lists.
Yesterday Shell announced it was quitting its Arctic drilling programme. Let me just repeat that in case you, like me, couldn't quite fathom this wonderful piece of news: Shell is quitting its hunt for dirty oil in the Arctic. The thing is about these oil companies is they try and make us believe they rule the world, that their tomorrow is the only tomorrow. But today shows that the future can be rewritten. Shell execs might not publicly admit that our movement stopped them - but reading between the lines we can all see public outrage on Arctic drilling was a huge concern for them.
They're the tangible expression of the breakneck pace of technological change - a pocket-sized device more powerful than the desktop computers of 20 years ago, helping to connect people in ways that were unimaginable even a couple of decades back.
Last week in New York over 160 leaders from around the world signed an agreement that will shape all of our destinies and radically change the way we tackle poverty, inequality and climate change. In more than 25 years working in international development, this is perhaps the most pivotal moment I have had the privilege to be part of. A decade and a half after we ushered in a new era with the Millennium Development Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will come into force.
I knew about the horses and donkeys working in Jordan, but I never expected to see them in such a terrible condition. When I talked to the owners, it seemed the Brooke had been providing a free treatment service for many years so that was no incentive for owners to take responsibility and care better for their animals. If one got sick, well "the Brooke would fix it".
We've kicked Shell out of the Arctic, and for now, this battle is won. Now this bear, and this movement, is starting out on a new journey: she's going to Paris, where the nations of the world will soon gather to negotiate a deal on climate change.
Today marks the six month anniversary of the start of the conflict in Yemen, which has affected the lives of 21million people, including 9.9million children. With the situation deteriorating every day, the world's biggest humanitarian crisis continues unabated.
Empathy is about seeing the world from someone else's perspective so as to share their feelings and this is where VR's strength lies. It can be a powerful empathy machine if you feel you're there, in someone else's... erm... eyes.
For those of us who have been following the humanitarian fallout of the conflict in Syria and in Iraq, the distressing images of men, women and children seeking refuge throughout Europe come as no surprise.