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20 October 2005
How can the reconstruction of “civil society” in war-torn countries open the door for women to get more involved?
Women can create an autonomous political space here argues the 14th part of the Toolkit (by IA and WWP).

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“Must Boys Be Boys? Ending Sexual Exploitation & Abuse in UN Peacekeeping Missions” (refugeesinternational.org, 18/10/05). UN peacekeeping missions recklessly step down on 1325 shows Refugees International report.

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“Report Says Abuse by U.N.'s Blue-Helmets Persists” (Bojana Stoparic, womensenews.org, 10/18/05)
Bojana Stoparic points out that, sexual abuses by UN blue helmets are not new.

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From the archive: “It’s the nations, stupid!” (Ian Williams, opendemocracy.net, 15/09/05).
Beyond black and white: what was lost at the last UN summit and what can still be done?

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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