Promoting Resolution 1325

5 October 2005
I have seen what Sochua has to say on this and I totally agree. I am shocked to find that after 5 years of the of existence of this seminal resolution and really important tool for women, I still have UN officials telling me that they do not know it and asking me what it is. We need a concerted effort to ensure that this resolution is fully on the agenda. I mean a really big splash. Here in Afghanistan sme local organisations have heard about it - especially as I did a training here in Kabul last year. One of the really big issues here is the widespread violence of different types against women and girls. I am just beginning to understand how traumatised the entire society is and that this aspect is lacking in the Resolution., Nevertheless, it is the first such tool for women and if used in conjunction with other international instruments such as CEDAW, the ICPR and others, women can move mountains. The fact that so many women took part in the recent Afghan elections despite intimidation and threats is a testament to their fortitude. Soem of them received training on how to utilise the resolution but many others did not. I am looking forward to the post-election agenda and publicising 1325.

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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