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Boitumelo Mofokeng, South Africa

21 October 2005

Debate Around UN Resolution 1325

Had UN been inclusive from beginning and supposed to be progressive organisation, there wouldn't be a need for Resolution 1325 to govern anybody because it would have been a natural process and a norm.

If such high body lacks in gender balance and ignored, forgot, excluded women from roundatables, peace keeping missions, policy debate, it robbed national governments to set a good example.

It also robbed future generations of experienced women leaders who would have build a legacy of preventing wars that have de-humanised nations of the world whilst men debated "whether to intervene or not" - we wouldn't be having Rwanda, Burundi. Sierra Leon, DRC, Sudan.

 UN is a comfort zone of male leaders who put their egoes first and nation's agenda last. It has reserved women's roles in gender commissions and token positions when the fires are stoked. It enjoys stroking egoes of male leaders who speak in poetic narratives about women and children as victims and pretend to be condemning the perpertrators and yet they would not accept that they are the perpertrators - quick to act in Europe and forever consulting on Africa.

Visiting the President and Secretary Genral's website pages, is an insult to see how women are still allocated auxillary, service, implemntors roles and one woman of colour is an assistant to no specific role - like a runner for a televiison production who's shouted at by all big wigs to do what they don't want to do.

TYhe African National Congress (ANC) Women's League refused to be auxillaries in the movement and had women trained as cadres, foreign representatives and today's results were not at whims of men at the bar or golf course.

 The UN must stop planting external leadership to determine national agenda when these officials cannot even speak local languages, are never seen amongst communities they proclaim to serve and are governed by rules that make them not to even serve the very cause that justifies salaries and packages they earn.

UN, it's either with us but not without us! Hear our voices!

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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