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3 November 2005


UNIFEM Currents is an e-mail newsletter which provides timely information on international women's issues and UNIFEM activities around the globe.

The July/August 2005 issue offers articles on subject matters ranging from Iraqi women's efforts to ensure the place of women's rights considerations in the drafting of Iraq's new constitution to UNIFEM's work supporting the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Gender Caucus to ensure that gender issues are integrated in the WSIS.

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“Security on whose terms? If men and women were equal” is a report that discusses the link between development, security and women's rights. It argues that when women are insecure or threatened and have limited freedom of movement, they cannot participate in peace and democracy-work on the same conditions as men. Women¹s lack of security is in itself a threat to peace. Click here to access the full report.

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From our archives: ‘Nation as trauma, Zionism as question: Jacqueline Rose interviewed’ by Rosemary Bechler

"For me, victimhood is an event – something that happens to you. If you turn it into an identity, you have created a profound internal problem for yourself. Of course men do things to women, but feminism must not be a politics based on the notion of the woman as victim; because this both disempowers women and makes the relationship between violation and what it is possible to be, too monolithic."                

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”Gender Justice and Accountability in Peace Support Operations: Closing the Gaps” Pam Spees (International Alert, Feb. 2004)

This policy briefing examines the challenges and obstacles to ensuring gender justice and accountability in the context of international peace support operations (PSO) and presents a framework of model provisions and guidelines that provide a set of standards for mediators as well as facilitators involved in peace support operations.

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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