Daily Links - 28 October

28 October 2005

'Security Council urges protecting women in war, empowering them as peacemakers', (UN news centre, 28/10/05)

Find out what the Security Council has to say about Resolution 1325, five years after its adoption.

Benin is the 14th country to ratify the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa. One more country is needed to bring it into force - and there are unconfirmed reports that Togo has become that 15th. (pambazuka.org, 27/10/05)

'We the women: why conflict mediation is not just a job for men', (Antonia Potter, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, 28/10/05)

Why are there very few senior women mediators in the UN, governments, regional organisations and NGOs involved in peace making work? This report looks into a missed opportunity for peace and suggests practical solutions. 


The International Women's Media Foundation believes "no press is truly free unless women share an equal voice". In October and November they are presenting awards to courageous women journalists, and their site highlights the women and their work.

Plus, Bongiwe Zwane on her experiences as a female editor (NWMIndia.org), and Lynn Barber on women journalists (Guardian UK, 18/09/05). 


In Barcelona, the First International Congress on Islamic Feminism is taking place, to discuss "gender jihad" and work in the field of women's rights in the Islamic World.

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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