Daily Links - 7 October

7 October 2005

Why is a gender perspective important for peace negotiations? Find out more and look at international examples, including Colombia and West African countries, in the 5th section of the Toolkit.

Global news:

In January 2005, 1000 women (representative of many thousands of such women) from more than 150 countries were nominated all together for the Nobel Peace Prize. Here the initiators of the project respond to the announcement that this year's prize was awarded jointly to the UN's International Atomic Agency and its director Mohamed ElBaradei.

Nobel peace prize announcement - 1000peacewomen respond (1000peacewomen.org, 07/10/05)

Via feministing: there are reports that in Afghanistan a women's rights activist, Malalai Joya, has won a seat in parliament.

From our archive:  "The United Nations reform drive" (Julie Mertus, openDemocracy.net, 16/09/05)
Julie Mertus on UN reform and human rights.

Resource: feministblogs is a community of weblogs concerned with feminism, which describes itself as "an alternative to the malestream media".

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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