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Maha Muna

3 October 2005
I am Programme Manager and Officer in Charge at the Governance, Peace and Security unit of the United Nations Development Fund for Women, UNIFEM. Programming in 27 countries around the world includes supporting women’s leadership and political empowerment; improving protection and assistance for women in conflict situations; and supporting women’s role in peace building, especially through bringing a gender perspective to constitutional, legislative, judicial and electoral reform.
I hold a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University, School of Public and International Affairs, and have also studied at Beirzeit University in Ramallah in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, after earning a Bachelors of Arts at the University of California in Santa Barbara.

Prior to my current post at UNIFEM, I served as Deputy Director of the Women's Commission for four years. I have also worked at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) where I held several positions including Regional Director for the Great Lakes region, Acting Country Director for Azerbaijan and Program Officer in headquarters geographic sections. Before joining the IRC, I worked for Save the Children/US.

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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