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Trust Women is more than just a conference. It’s a global movement with one clear mission: to put the full force of the law behind women’s rights though concrete action.

Organized by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the corporate charity of the world’s leading news and information provider, Thomson Reuters, Trust Women brings together every year, women’s rights campaigners and top decision makers in the fields of law, finance, business, technology and government. In December 2013, 450 global leaders from 40 countries attended Trust Women in London.

Over one thousand people followed the event online, and the official conference hashtag #trustwomenconf reached over 1.5 million Twitter accounts. Participants committed to eighteen key actions to help empower women globally, including plans to create a global human trafficking hotline and a legal network to end forced sterilization.

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  • Awards 2013
  • Awards 2012

The Trust Women Awards promote the conference’s main objective, to recognise and advance innovative solutions to challenges faced by women. Administered by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and judged by distinguished members of the Trust Women Advisory Board, the annual awards celebrate incredible journalists and people who have contributed to the advancement of women’s rights worldwide showing courage, creativity and innovation.

The winners of the Trust Women Awards receive a cash prize of $5,000 each as an encouragement to continue their work and mission, as well as a profile on the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Trust Women websites and a scholarship to attend the conference.

The Hero Award 2013

The Hero Award was presented by Queen Noor to Alaa Murabit, Founder and President, The Voice of Libyan Women.

Alaa Murabit is seen as a visionary and pioneer in Libya, helping to put women’s rights at the heart of the country’s new political landscape. She founded The Voice of Libyan Women (VLW), an organisation that advocates against gender violence and trains women to participate in government and speak out for their rights to be recognised in national policies. Her latest campaign is “Noor”, using the Quran as a lens to help combat domestic violence and teach people about the proper treatment of women. It is the first women’s rights project to receive the approval of Dar al Ifta, Libya’s religious institution, giving the campaign legitimacy in the eyes of the public.

The 2013 Hero Award was supported by Team SCA, the all women’s ocean racing team, which is part of SCA, a global leading hygiene and forest products company that provides personal and intimate hygiene knowledge and products for women. We received over 130 nominations for this Award from more than 45 countries.

The 2013 hero finalists included: Nazma Akter – President, Aware Women’s Action for Justice Foundation and President, Combined Garment Workers Federation; Laura Bates – Founder of the Everyday Sexism Project; Franz Gastler – Founder and Executive Director, Yuwa; Anu George Canjanathoppil – Director of Google Interventions Project for the International Justice Mission; Founder, WeCe; Suave Fellow 2010-2011; Anuradha Koirala – Founder, Maiti Nepal; Julienne Lusenge – President of the Board, Women’s Solidarity for Peace and Integrated Development (SOFEPADI); Director, Congolese Women’s Fund (FCC); Maysoun Odeh Gangat – Executive Director of Radio Nisaa FM; Mariana Petersel – President of Association Generatie Tanara Romania and Director of Not For Sale Romania; and Li Ying – Executive Director, Beijing Zhongze Women’s Legal Consulting Services Center; Executive Director, Anti-Domestic Violence Network (ADVN).

The Honorary Journalist Award 2013

The Honorary Journalist Award was presented by Mariane Pearl to Neha Dixit, Freelance Journalist, South Asia

Neha Dixit is a freelance investigative journalist who covers gender issues, development and conflict in South Asia. Based in New Delhi, she is known for her hard-hitting stories on commercial sex exploitation, child marriage, female feticide and forced labour. She often carries out investigations at considerable risk to herself and has received many international awards for her work. Dixit’s reports include “The Nowhere Children”, for which she went undercover to meet traffickers and young victims sold by their families to pimps and placement agents. In “A Taliban of our Very Own”, Dixit tracks the Khap Panchayats across northern India to tell the story of murder, rape and exile being used as routine punishments by these traditional courts. She contributed to the UNESCO Casebook of Investigative Journalism.

The 2013 journalist finalists included: Helen Benedict – Journalist, Novelist and Professor at the Columbia Journalism School; Leif Coorlim – Editorial Director and Senior Producer, CNN Freedom Project; Phillip Martin – Senior Reporter, WGBH Radio News in Boston; Senior Fellow, Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism; Executive Producer, Lifted Veils Productions; Adjunct Professor at Brandeis University’s Heller School of Public Policy; Zubeida Mustafa – Freelance Journalist, Dawn; and Farzana Wahidy – Freelance Photojournalist.

Read more about the amazing achievements of the 2013 winners.

The Trust Women Awards 2012 promotes the conference’s main objective, to recognise and advance innovative solutions to challenges faced by women.

The Hero Award

The Hero Award was presented by Christy Turlington Burns to Dr. Judi Aubel for her innovative bold thinking and high-impact work that enables women to empower themselves.

Dr. Judi Aubel is co-founder and executive director of the Grandmother Project, an international non-profit organization that develops programmes to promote the well-being and rights of women and children in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In Grandmother Project’s innovative approach to promoting change through culture, grandmothers are a key resource and communication between generations is promoted. A specialist in community health and development and in approaches that empower communities to promote their own well-being, Dr. Aubel has 20 years’ experience working with communities to strengthen their community health and education programmes and is a published author.

The Honorary Journalist Award

The Honorary Journalist Award was presented by Mariane Pearl to Lydia Cacho, who has made a significant contribution to the coverage of women’s rights in 2012.

Lydia Cacho is an award-winning Mexican journalist, author, feminist and human rights activist who has published hundreds of news articles, seven books and a collection of essays on human rights. She has received death threats for her reporting but refuses to leave Mexico, despite offers of asylum. In 2012 she published Slavery Inc., which uses investigative reporting to expose the underground economy of sex trafficking worldwide. She founded a women’s shelter in Cancun and was the first woman to bring a case before Mexico’s Supreme Court following her imprisonment on defamation charges after the publication of her book, Demons of Eden, in which she investigates child sexual abuse and pedophilia rings.


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Trust Women: Global Human Trafficking Hotline and Legal Network to End Forced Sterilization among Key Actions to be launched in 2014

LONDON (5 December 2013) – The Trust Women Conference came to a close ... 05 Dec 2013 14:00Thomson Reuters Foundation