Informing and promoting the Resolution

10 October 2005

I read Ancil’s and  posting with great interest, and Visaka’s and Mu’s as well. They all are concerned about informing, raise awareness and promoting the Resolution.  Over my long experience as communicator working in international development and women issues, I have noticed how often the value of communication is depreciated, since it is understood just as a dissemination.  If we want to ensure that this Resolution is fully in the agenda, we need more than dissemination.  Be aware about the existence of this Resolution is good, and be informed on how it works is better. But it is not enough.  We need to develop communication processes aimed to turn information into action. We need to develop communication processes aimed to empower women to push for this Resolution implementation.  We need to develop communication processes aimed to engaged policy-makers to work towards its implementation.

Further more the communication processes must reach not only governments, but also other stakeholders, such as grassroots of women, NGOs working in gender and women issues, policy-makers, academics and researchers.  We need a communication process aimed to facilitate synergies towards this resolution.

Angela Castellanos

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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