People with disabilities are being excluded from international development work across the world. I can say that with confidence - or at least, I think I can. The reality is that the picture is unclear because no one bothers to count the number of children with disabilities in school or the percentage of women with disabilities accessing support for domestic violence.
Five years' on, maternal health is a UK Government priority, has massive investment, and we are seeing a huge reduction in the number of women and children dying in childbirth globally. Choose the right issue at the right time, and a Parliamentary inquiry really can change the debate - and more importantly, change lives.
Disgusting does not come close to describing the latest offering from Channel 5 - On Benefits And Proud - which aired for the first time this week. In the show various benefit claimants - code for the undeserving poor - are tracked down by deserving taxpayers with the object of illustrating how these benefit junkies are ripping us all of - 'us' being the smug, self satisfied majority for whom poverty is just another word in the dictionary.
One percent of the world's population own half of the world's wealth. Meanwhile, the poorest people on earth, who constitute two thirds of the world's population, own just 3% of the world's wealth. This is clearly nuts. This hasn't happened overnight. The global disparity between incomes has been spiralling out of control over the last few decades.
Inequality has been rising rapidly in Britain for the past 30 years. The gap between rich and poor has widened and the share of income going to the top 1% has doubled, from 6% to 14%. If the growth in inequality continues at its current rate, we are heading towards Victorian extremes in the next 20 years.
The eagerly-anticipated report of the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Agenda was released last week.
Education will give women a greater ability to contribute to the economy, it will help them set up their own businesses, climb the corporate ladder and increase their representation in politics. Access to the education asset is essential in tackling gender inequality and multinational corporations have a proactive role to play.