Daily Links - 2 November

2 November 2005
'Securing a Just and Sustainable Peace' (Noeleen Heyzer, unifem.org, 27/10/05)

"Women know the costs of war — what it means to be displaced, to be excluded from public life, and to be regarded as less than full citizens. They know the realities on the ground, and what needs to be done to address the injustices of war and to prevent relapse into conflict. They can be, and must be, part of the solution for lasting peace." UNIFEM's Noeleen Heyzer outlines challenges for the UN on women, peace and security.

Women, Ink.

Women, Ink is the website to visit for books about women and development from around the world.

The conference on Islamic feminism noted in Friday's daily links has been capturing media attention.

Yale Manifesta: women and war

The inaugural edition of this US student publication on feminism is about women and war. (Full disclosure: one of its associate editors interned for openDemocracy over the summer.) Read their opening letter here. You can download a copy of the journal from the site.

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals

To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.

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