Women transforming power?

6 October 2005
Srilatha Batliwala was unable to join in our debate over this month, for health reasons, though she very much wanted to take part. Instead she sent us an article - Women transforming power? - to feed some of her thinking in to your discussion. I very much like the way she takes the long view so that we can see where progress must be made. I hope you’ll have a look.

Srilatha's experience, over the past 30 years, has combined grassroots activism, policy advocacy, research and teaching. You can find out more about her here.

In other news... Inge will talk tomorrow morning about why women’s rights are important in building democracy, on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’, one of the major fixtures of women focused media in the UK.
You can listen to it on their website after it has been broadcast.

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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