Advocacy statements

2022

In September 2021, the United Nations Secretary-General released the 'Our Common Agenda' Report, which aimed to "report back before the end of the seventy-fifth session of the General Assembly with recommendations to advance our common agenda and to respond to current and future challenges". Over the course of February 2022, a series of 5…

2021

With our societies getting increasingly digitalized and datafied if governments are to keep fulfilling their central societal role they too must get digitalized and datafied. But this must be undertaken in appropriate ways that protect and enhance people’s rights, requiring strong new institutional checks and balances, on one hand, and new…

2021

IT for Change was part of 200 CSOs who have written to the Director General of World Trade Forum, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala highlighting the importance and urgency to agree on a WTO TRIPSWaiver for diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines.

Read the letter here.

2021

Just like every other moment of disaster, the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have been deeply gendered. World over, supply chain disruptions have disproportionately impacted women’s jobs, especially in the informal sector. The burden of women’s unpaid care work has exponentially increased due to ‘sheltering in place’ and school closure…

2021

Whether it the food people eat, the school children attend, or getting the much needed vaccines, in all walks of our daily lives, UN multilateral institutions play a key role in guaranteeing or providing access to goods and services, especially for marginalized groups. Last September, UN Secretary General António Guterres published the document…

2021

Anita Gurumurthy was a part of the IGF 2021 Main Session: Digital Cooperation- Quo vadis? on December 8, 2021 where she gave a statement on the role IGF can play in digital cooperation.

Read it here.

This session was for assessing Internet governance approaches and mechanisms and fostering democratic equity and inclusiveness. The panel…

2021

IT for Change recently responded to the call for consultation by the National Health Authority (NHA) and Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) on the proposed National Health Data Retention Policy.

ITfC deems the retention of health data important towards both establishing longitudinal medical histories of individuals as well as public…

2021

While the health emergency and the livelihood emergencies caused by the Covid pandemic are evident, the education emergency has been hidden. The public education system in many parts of India, barring a few states, was closed for the greater part of the last year and a half. Hundreds of thousands of children, having lost one or both parents,…

2021

IT for Change's Parminder Singh is the co-chair of the Data Principles Circle of Transform Health, a global initiative which works in coalition towards Universal Health Coverage goal of the SDGs. The initiative recently released its draft Health Data Governance Principles. This is the first set of global health data principles which goes beyond…

2021

IT for Change, along with other civil societies advocated on a number of critical issues regarding the UNCTAD XV held from 3-7th October, 2021 in Barbados.
These statements, few of many sent to member states at a crucial moment of discussion by civil societies managed to leverage pressure and improve on the nature of the mandate…