Trust Women is more than just a Conference. It is an influential international gathering with one main goal: action.
Unlike many other events focused on women’s rights, Trust Women forges strategic commitments to empower women to know and defend their rights.
Drawing on the global reach and reputation of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Trust Women drives innovation and strategic partnerships by connecting those working to promote women’s rights with the legal expertise and the financial, technological and educational resources they need to achieve results.
Why come to the conference?
INSPIRATION – Learn how pioneers and innovators in the fight against gender violence are shaking things up with real-world solutions.The conference will showcase unsung heroes, stories and solutions from the ground. High-profile speakers and participants will come from all over the world to address issues that affect millions.
PARTICIPATION – Join the debate and call for action from top activists, government representatives, journalists and lawyers leading in women’s rights. Through social media and a highly interactive format, Trust Women will harness the creative energy and expertise of attendees – some of the best minds in finance, law, philanthropy, government, business and non-profits – allowing them to engage with the panelists, give feedback, ask questions, answer polls and offer assistance in real time.
ACTION AND COMMITMENTS – Meet experts and high-profile speakers with a real international impact. The main goal of the conference is to drive innovative solutions and strategic partnerships through ‘’action groups’’ that address issues which disenfranchise women and limit their potential. Leading lawyers will join most of the discussions, bringing their expertise and practical advice to bear on women’s rights. At Trust Women, you can make commitments to be part of the solution.
NETWORKING – Make the contacts you need. As well as the conference agenda sessions, Trust Women includes numerous opportunities for intimate networking at the highest level. Attending the event will provide you with the opportunity to meet up with influential leaders in an environment driven by action.
AWARD WINNING – The Trust Women Conference won two Communicator Awards. The Trust Women delegate book received the 2013 Gold Award of Excellence and this website was awarded the 2013 Silver Award of Distinction. The Communicator Awards honour excellence in all areas of marketing and communications.
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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.
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.