No, Syria is not 'fine', and its people are not 'in a good place'. Yet Syrians' resilience and desire to resolve this conflict endure. Let this be the year a serious effort is made to end this conflict, and I fervently look forward to not having to mark another grim 'anniversary' in a year's time.
School became an enjoyable place to be and I learnt so much. I gained good GCSEs and I'm now studying motor mechanics at the City of Leicester College. In the future I want to work for a big company.
Today we get to recognise some amazing young people who have not had the easiest start in life and have had to overcome some major obstacles, which makes it all the more incredible when you hear what they've achieved.
It wasn't easy to walk through those doors and start the programme. But I can now say that it has been a huge help, and I haven't looked back since. I'm really proud of what I've achieved, and The Prince's Trust helped me get my life back - I'm finally happy.
Recently, we visited our Aunt Pat at her nursing home to celebrate her 80th birthday. Marc's five-year-old daughter Lily-Rose had seen the tiny rooms and lonely seniors there before, and this time insisted we bring a box of teddy bears as gifts.
A random experience on the morning commute made me think of the most inspired piece of radio I've ever heard. Stepping off a busy tube at St Paul's, ...
As National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close it's a good opportunity to reflect not only on the great existing work in the employment support and ...
From employers' negative attitudes and views, to limited support in finding jobs, there are many reasons why people with learning disabilities struggl...
It's clear that the power of a myth not only poisons people with lies, but renders many disabled women of the world to a life of misery and torture. It is time people for to rise up and challenge such myths, so we can live in an accepting, inclusive world
We hope that the government will use this period of review and reform to safeguard vital services for disabled people, and recognise that good quality social care is a vital lifeline to well over one million disabled and older people across the country. The Spring Budget certainly gave us some breathing space. Now we and the government must seize the opportunity to reform social care and truly make it fit for the future.
Around one in five women worldwide is disabled. For me growing up in Africa as a disabled female I faced a double jeopardy and was left vulnerable by the system. For disabled women gender-based violence and disability discrimination combine to create brutal barriers to wellbeing.
Social care is on the edge of a financial cliff, with years of cuts and under investment impacting on the stability of the sector and calling its long-term sustainability into question.
The progress made in recent years on gender-based violence, reproductive rights, equal pay and women and girls empowerment is extremely welcome, however, there is still a long way to go in this fight.
I'm proud to be part of a show that won't be content to give unproblematic accounts of being a woman in a patriarchal society; if it falls to a fantasy show to portray the reality of domestic and sexual violence, so be it. From this starting point, I wanted to get more actively involved, to go out and hear these stories personally, and to see the work that's being done to bring about change. I decided to team up with Women for Women International, the charity which helps women survivors of conflict, and travel to one of the places where they focus their efforts; Rwanda.
Something is happening right across the island of Ireland. People are speaking out and mobilising like never before to show there can be no hiding from this issue. The silence and shame which has surrounded abortion for too long is over. On this day of reflection, advocacy and action, let's resolve to play our part in standing with women in both parts of Ireland and join their calls for an end to these outdated abortion laws.
With the chaos of a hard Tory Brexit looming - and the continuing obsession with austerity and scapegoating of minority groups that this will bring - we must continue to hold this Government to account and fight for a fairer society for disabled people.