UN Resolution 1325

4 October 2005

the problem with Resolution 1325 is that very few women NGOs and networks are aware and let alone the government and UN agencies themselves.

It is not enough to have a resolution passed unless there is a global campaign andmechanisms and means to spread the words and put into action what has been adopted.

our sisters in Africa, South America and eveywhere else where conflicts have eaten up most of the nations' resources and left the communities in pools of blood and violence, are talking and sharing and crying for the same thing: action to stop violence.

Using 1325 requires a great level of political campaign and lobby if our sisters lives are going to be changed and our sisters are seated at the same table as the heavy weight men who are usually the first ones to be "qualified" to negotiate for peace. What kind of peace? And what after the negotiations?

Cambodia has been on its road to reconstruction for the past 15 years aafter 3 years of genocide, 20 years of conflicts and what do we have tofay? Land lessness of remote villagers, ancestral land and forests taken away in the name of development.

this is just the begining of our conversation and let's make this work by not caling another conference but rather an exchange of experience at the field level.

from Cambodia

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.

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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.

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