Trust Women is more than just a conference. It’s a fast-growing movement to put the rule of law behind women’s rights through concrete action.
Each year, Trust Women brings together global corporations, lawyers, and pioneers in the field of women's rights to take action and forge tangible commitments to empower women.
In 2013, participants committed to 32 key actions to help empower women globally, including plans to create a global human trafficking hotline and a legal network to end forced sterilization.
This year, the Trust Women conference will take place 18-19 November in London. If you are passionate about women's rights and want to attend an event where you can finally commit to real action; if you are a company investing in women's rights and diversity; if you want solutions to protect your brand from the risks posed by human trafficking within your supply chain; then Trust Women is the must-attend event for you.
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Thomson Reuters Foundation
At the Thomson Reuters Foundation, we stand for free independent journalism, human rights, women's empowerment, and the rule of law. We expose corruption worldwide and play a leading role in the global fight against human trafficking.
We use the skills, values and expertise of Thomson Reuters to run programmes that trigger real change and empower people around the world.
We tackle global issues. We achieve lasting impact.
The Trust Women Advisory Board represents the caliber and commitment of participants that will be found at the Conference itself. Each of these advisory Board members has played a crucial role in steering the conference agenda and each is committed to the Conference's success. All members, unless otherwise noted, will attend and have active roles at the conference.
Advisory board members will also serve as the selection and judging committee for the Trust Women Awards.
U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s IssuesUnited States
Lawyer and founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for WomenUnited Kingdom
Christy Turlington Burns
Founder, Every Mother Counts, filmmaker, author, modelUnited States
Dr. Sima Samar
Chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC)Afghanistan
Former Italian Foreign MinisterItaly
Themes & agenda
Financial Working Group Against Human Trafficking
As a direct result of the Trust Women Conference held in 2012, the Thomson Reuters Foundation and the Office of the Manhattan District Attorney set up a working group to explore effective ways to identify and use financial data to dismantle human trafficking networks. In April 2013, top US financial institutions, including Bank of America, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Barclays, TD Bank, American Express, Western Union accepted to incorporate in their software the red flags identified by leading anti-trafficking NGOs in order to detect patterns of human trafficking in their clients data and share this information with law enforcement agencies.
In January 2014, the group issued international guidance aimed at helping the wider financial community to identify and report irregularities in financial transactions that might be linked to human trafficking. The Thomson Reuters Foundation distributed the guidance to a select group of top financial institutions, law enforcement agencies and anti-trafficking NGOs around the world and is now looking into how to replicate this initiative in Europe.
A network of human trafficking hotlines
At Trust Women 2013, Polaris Project, one of the world’s leading organizations in the global fight against human trafficking, announced the creation of a network of hotlines offering support and assistance to human trafficking victims. Since the conference, Polaris has identified 125 anti-trafficking help lines internationally, providing technical assistance in six countries - including Australia, Czech Republic and the Philippines - to build the foundation for a successful network of partners. Polaris received support from Dasra, India’s leading strategic philanthropy Foundation which presented its Zero Traffick Report at Trust Women last December. Dasra is currently carrying out an assessment of all the major trafficking hotlines across India, with the aim to make recommendations towards the creation of a single national trafficking hotline, mirroring the model successfully established by Polaris in the United States.