Mandela has passed, but his message lives on through all of us. Whenever we confront words, policies, ideas that seek to place us in a status of being apart, may we have the courage and imagination to stand up for our fellow travellers. What now? It's up to all of us.
I imagine that today, fashion writers around the world will be mentioning Mr. Nelson Mandela's penchant for Indonesian batik-style shirts. Let's not do that here. Instead, let's talk about his life's work for a more just, more humane world.
I am sure I am not the only one who has noticed the surge of social enterprises who aim to provide people with the opportunities to partake in expensive treks and other activities under the crusading banner of charity.
I was sold for sex from a very early age by the adults in my life, I didn't want or like what they did but I was powerless to stop them, I couldn't comprehend any of the long-term lifelong problems it would cause... I just knew it was bad horrible and I wanted it to stop... The victims are viewed as ink on paper, dots on a screen, un-saveable lost souls with no rights, no voice and no choices. Pornography is a legitimate business that sells consenting adult sex. Child abuse images are crime scene photographs.
Life is hard enough for carers; I myself am one to my young son. Many carers are already isolated due to the nature of caring for their child or other relative and for any carer the limitation of earnings will probably force them to make the unwanted decision to stop working.
Sold out! Performances of terminator tank, hang tough, hit and run, dog fight, whiplash and eliminator are instant sell outs. I'm not talking about tickets for a new series of Gladiators but the way animals are treated in some of the highest earning Hollywood blockbusters.
This past year has seen positive changes in India, but many rape victims continue to be both blamed and shamed. While the public outcry has made it easier to report rape, there is still some way to go before all victims receive the justice they deserve.
It's easy to say you want a world without nuclear weapons. Nearly everyone does: even David Cameron. It's like saying there should be no global poverty: the hard part is taking action to do something about it.
The government's claim that it is protecting disabled people from cuts is, of course, nonsense. Deep cuts are being made to disability benefits and to social care, which is now used by 25% fewer people. But government is expert in disguising its actions and finding someone else to blame.
Imagine you need to use the loo. Really, right now, you desperately need a loo. Now imagine you're in Uganda, one of the poorest countries on the planet. Now imagine you're in Uganda and you don't have the use of your legs. You don't have a proper wheelchair to get around with either - you use a hand-pedal bike, creaky and rusty.
For me, simply seeing these animals underwater is to understand their beauty, but they are not just beautiful; they play an important role controlling the distribution of algae along tropical coral reefs. They fascinate me and I hope that one day the world will begin to see them through my eyes.
The tragedy and loss brought on by the devastating Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has triggered an overflow of generosity from the British public along with acres of media coverage. However quietly fading away from the daily headlines, Syria is also watching its children's futures cruelly slip away from them.
Today my 21-year-old son, Luke Birch, sets off with his best friend, Jamie Sparks, on a huge challenge. They will attempt to break the world record for the youngest pair to row across the Atlantic.
With so many people going hungry or even starving, it seems obscene for so many of us to throw away so much food in so many parts of the world. It has been estimated that 1.3billion tonnes of food goes to waste globally each year. It is both a technical problem and a problem of attitude.
Children's Centres are Britain's institutional expression of our commitment to better childhoods. Established over a decade ago they are the spaces where a wide range of health, early education and specialist support services are brought together under one roof (or at least within a 'hub') so that parents with young children do not have to go from pillar to post navigating services for themselves.
So where are we on testing? Today we have a range of HIV tests that are able to identify the virus early and accurately, using a range of biological samples, with the results being available immediately or after a brief period.