How do we get 1325 implemented?? Prof. Galia Golan

18 October 2005

As already noted, there are many excellent UN resolutions that simply remain on the books.  Even when countries signed on CEDAW (and some even ratified it - unlike my country, Israel), little if anything has been done.  I have a sense that as much as we work on this - holding local, regional, national conferences, even international ones, we accomplish much in broadening the numbers of women aware of the problems, but we do not seem to be reaching the men - especially the male decision-makers.  Perhaps we need a campaign to meet with and directly inform appropriate academics, politicians, think-tanks as well as ngo's and the media - perhaps especially the media.  To some degree we try to do some of this here - refusing to attend relevant conferences that do not include women speakers, providing a list of women in appropriate fields, and local meetings to discuss the issue.  But clearly this is not enough.  Perhaps we need some high-level outside intervention - from visiting policy-makers (male as well as female).  Suggestions will be most welcome!!

Prof. Galia Golan

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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