Our record on bringing perpetrators to justice is woeful - even though we know FGM goes on all the time either here or in the girls' mother countries - both of which are illegal. A prosecution was brought - but the defendant was acquitted and so we are still awaiting our first successful prosecution...
Beware of big numbers. Thursday's London donor conference on Syria made all the right noises - they always do - but if past experience is anything to go by, the right noises rarely translate into ready cash.
Propaganda about food prices going up if Britain chose to leave the European Union has moved beyond scaremongering to utter lies.
As a junior doctor who's married to a pilot, I'm perhaps more intimately acquainted than Jeremy Hunt with what airline safety entails. The Health Secretary might like to know that my husband, an ex-RAF fighter pilot turned civilian pilot, is so aghast at the hours and shifts I work, he says they would turn his plane into a "a lethal weapon".
It is becoming increasingly clear that the only thing keeping the NHS going is the individual and collective brilliance of the people working in it. These dedicated professionals are working ever longer and ever harder against a backdrop of ever deepening fears that the NHS is reaching a point of no return.
In all probability the remorseless logic of deep Clintonian pockets, impressive electoral organisation and the fact that 'youth' voters rarely follow through will grind down the Senator from Vermont in the end. But I really wish this wasn't so. I would love politics to start to address the very just complaints of millennials and by extension many others. We all need a change. Here's hoping...
The Royal Mail used to be only famous for one robbery, the Great Train Robbery, now perhaps history will recall a second the great Royal Mail sell off swindle. Make no mistake this powerful engine of civilisation, this most cherished national treasure is now under attack from profiteers.
The 4th February 2016 was World Cancer Day - a day to reflect on how cancer impacts our lives. I'm sure that many of us, including me, will be thinking about loved ones we've lost or who are living with cancer right now, but it's also a time to think about what we could do to bring forward the day when we no longer live in fear of cancer.
I am glad we are living at a society where people are outraged by Roosh V, but it is still a society which too often makes stereotyped assumptions about femininity which require an equally stereotyped masculinity to oppose it. Return of Kings followers clearly feel the need to compensate for inadequacies elsewhere in their lives...
Voter registration isn't just a bureaucratic form-filling exercise. It can form a crucial first step in young citizens' political education. What's needed now is for the Government - and all political parties - to recognise this, think beyond narrow partisan lines, and act to strengthen the foundations of UK democracy for the long-term. Let's rise again this year.
Volkswagen have perverted environmental regulations, they have treated European customers with disdain, and treated regulation as a charade. The slap on the wrist they've received from the government is risible.
Here's a proposal. Let's have genuinely focused discussions about these two important decisions by conducting the campaigns at different times. Both debates need a decent amount of time, coverage and political space in order to give voters the ballots they deserve.
Equality isn't about treating everyone in the same way, as this clearly results in poor outcomes. It only serves those with power and resources. That may be due to institutional policies and practices, racial prejudice by some decision-makers and the unconscious bias of many decisions-makers.
Civil society organisations, both regional and Syrian, need to be empowered and strengthened to respond to the vast needs. They are on the front lines responding to the crisis and will be there long after Syria fades from the headlines. The world must act now for Syria.