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Uruguayan women in Post-conflict

21 October 2005

Dear bloggers, I have been so silence lately as I have moved to Montevideo, Uruguay. I was invited to watch a documentary about women in the jail Punta de Rieles during the dictatorship (1973-1985). As the co-producers explained there is not record in the newspapers about women prisoners. This documentary is trying to make visible the situation of hundreds of women unfair detained, some of them for ten years. The documentary is extremely moving. Through vivid testimonies of some of the women who survived death and insanity, the documentary pictures the solidarity networks created by them to resist and bring support each other. The documentary was followed by a forum with women from all around Latin America, including women from Brasil, Argentina and Chile, countries which passed a dictatorship as well. Many of the attendees agreed on the idea that those young and ordinary women detained over the dictatorship are now better prepared to contribute to democracy building in the current post-conflict period because they recognize this ¨black page¨ of the Uruguayan history, and from there they are contributing to the democracy building.

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.

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