Women score goal for civil rights

10 June 2005


Most historians date the beginning of the modern civil rights movement in the United States to December 1, 1955. That was the day when an unknown seamstress Rosa Parks in Montgomery, Alabama refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger.

Since the 1979 revolution, Iranian women have been banned from attending men's sporting events. But yesterday a group of young Iranian women made history; posting photographs (1 + 2) and detailed accounts of their entry into the stadium in their blogs.

"We succeeded. I congratulate all of us today who crossed the red line and broke a futile taboo," wrote blogger Masoumeh Naseri.

Parastou Doukohaki writes in her blog: "I still can’t believe it! For years I’ve longed to be part of a cool Mexican wave during a national game... Dear Mahbobeh's leg got broken in the struggle with the security forces at the Azadi stadium. But we got in."

By Nasrin Alavi

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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