Daily Links - 31 October

31 October 2005
Read and listen to statements from the 5th anniversary of Resolution 1325 in New York. (peacewomen.org)

'How does change happen?' (awid.org, 30/10/05)

The AWID International Forum on Women's Rights and Development concluded in Thailand yesterday. Find out what they have been thinking and talking about.

'UN: Women victims of sex abuse' (news24.com, 28/10/2005)

News report from the 5th anniversary meetings - violence and under-representation are still common, but progress has been made too.

'African protocol on rights of women enters into force' (equalitynow.org, 27/10/05)

Togo ratified the African protocol on women's rights on 26 October - it will now come into force by the end of November.

Who's getting rich from COVID-19?

Boris Johnson's government stands accused of 'COVID cronyism', after handing out staggering sums of money to controversial private firms to fight COVID-19. Often the terms of these deals are kept secret, with no value-for-money checks or penalties for repeated failures which cost lives. And many major contracts have gone directly to key Tory donors and allies – without competition.

As COVID rates across the country surge, how can we hold our leaders accountable? Meet the lawyers, journalists and politicians leading the charge in our free live discussion on Thursday 1 October at 5pm UK time.

Hear from:

Dawn Butler Labour MP for Brent Central and member of the House of Commons Committee on Science and Technology

Peter Geoghegan Investigations editor, openDemocracy, and author of 'Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics'

Jolyon Maugham Barrister and founder of the Good Law Project.

Peter Smith Procurement expert and author of 'Bad Buying: How Organisations Waste Billions through Failures, Frauds and F*ck-ups'

Chair: Mary Fitzgerald Editor-in-chief of openDemocracy

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