Conflict and displacement also carry with them the less visible scars of grief and trauma - feelings difficult to manage in adults, and even harder to manage in children. While it's unimaginable to ignore the effects of the war, can there really be reasons for optimism and hope? A group of Syrian artists believe so.
Our new mannequin is a thing of great beauty. I'm so very proud of it. And the wonderful thing is that the beauty is also on the inside, not just the outside. In the fashion business, even in the digital age, mannequins still have a charm and a mystique about them. Now they have a goodness about them too. A goodness that goes right to the core. It's a totally innovative product.
The museum's latest exhibition Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style looks at the creative and thrifty responses to clothes rationing during the Second World War. Not only were the clothes of this time a triumph in colour, creativity and durability, there are some real lessons we can learn from the era where make do and mend was a necessity.
But for me, as a person with a disability I've had since birth, having the opportunity to watch the Paralympics means so much more to me than just being an "inspiration" in the most sentimental of senses.
If we want to ensure that women's life chances aren't narrowed by gender, that girls born today won't face the limitations and closing off of opportunities caused by the combination of poverty and abuse, we've got to start joining these dots.
The point is that a child with impairments should have the same opportunities as a child without impairments. It is also, more importantly, enabling them to develop into adults with genuine autonomy who have not fallen into the conveyor belt of passivity and victimhood.
Imagine a world where everything that is exchanged, bought, used and consumed is made by machine, on an assembly line. Where every item is judged only on its functionality, valued for its utility, and on its ability to achieve economy of scale.
Over time, I learned to let go of a lot of things. I didn't worry that I had no make-up on or that I'd worn the same pair of trousers three days running. Most importantly, I realised I didn't need so much stuff. I didn't need to buy that cute top that everyone on social media was cooing over because in a week it would be replaced with another trend.
And less stuff means investing in pieces that are versatile, modern and well made. And in addition, garments that remain simple enough so as to not to pigeonhole your style, but provide a timeless platform for it to develop.
Problems are only taken seriously when they too affect men, like in the case of the elections. The streets were filled with violence because men were unhappy with their rights not being respected. It's about time that around the world too take to the streets too to demand that their rights be respected.
When surfing the web there is a multitude of constantly evolving information on sustainable fashion, and to tackle it can seem like a daunting task. However, there are some great experts in the field whose inspirational research can provide us with a better understanding of the complex issues.
Hands up if you have recently made an instantaneous clothing purchase to find that you don't actually love the item when you get round to wearing it a couple of times? I know I am not alone, the UK sends over a million tonnes of clothing to landfill sites a year.
I was only 11 when I received my first chain letter. I read it and ignored it. Even at that age, I could see that the letter served no purpose. Whilst many of my school chums passed these ridiculous messages on, I was the badass, who always broke the chain. Recently I have played the badass again and let me tell you why.
When we began Fun Palaces in 2013 it was with the dream of making culture more accessible, more genuinely open to all. After working in the arts for over 30 years, I still have that dream, but I know that what we are trying to do is so much more.
The media are slowly improving with greater representation and visibility but really the way disabled people are represented needs to be more carefully considered. Producers and editors need to ensure they are represented as an equal member of society and that their own stories are represented in a way that they are happy with. I don't believe disability always has to be viewed as a negative thing.
Nujeen Mustafa, a 17-year old Syrian refugee, made headlines last year when she made the journey from Syria to Germany in a wheelchair. As she tells t...