Over 100 high-level representatives from the global TrustLaw community gathered in New York on November 5 to celebrate the success of the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s fast-growing network of lawyers, social enterprises and high-impact NGOs.
The occasion, the third annual TrustLaw Connect Awards, brought together professionals from Turkey, China, South Africa, Cambodia, Mexico, the Philippines and many other countries, who flew to New York to attend the ceremony hosted by Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO and TrustLaw Founder Monique Villa. The TrustLaw Awards honor teams of lawyers working with NGOs or social enterprises through TrustLaw Connect, the Foundation’s global pro bono service.
“We chose New York to recognize the fantastic impact of the law firms based in the U.S. which have been so active to help our social enterprises and NGOs through TrustLaw. The top law firms in the U.S. are members of TrustLaw Connect, and since its creation three years ago, the network has generated $35 million worth of free legal assistance to our beneficiaries,” said Monique. (more…)
Thomson Reuters Foundation’s third annual poll of gender experts gives a snapshot of the state women’s rights in Arab states three years after the Arab Spring and as Syria’s conflict threatens further regional upheaval. Sexual harassment, high rates of female genital cutting and a surge in violence and Islamist feeling after the Arab Spring uprisings have made Egypt the worst country in the Arab world to be a woman. Check out more coverage of our expert poll on women’s rights in the Arab world.
Almost half the world’s estimated 30 million slaves (defined as persons denied of freedom and exploited for profit or sex) are in India, according to a global index released last week. Make sure to read Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO, Monique Villa’s excellent editorial on the subject. You should also check out her appearance on Al Jazeera’s Inside Story.
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The work of the Thomson Reuters Foundation in the global fight against human trafficking was featured on AlJazeera’s flagship program Inside Story. The roundtable brought together Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO Monique Villa, Free the Slaves President Kevin Bales, and modern slavery expert Benjamin Skinner, to discuss the lucrative and growing business of modern-day slavery.
Make sure to read Monique’s excellent piece on human trafficking.
By Oliver Balch, The Guardian
Monique Villa never planned to join a charity. But then the Thomson Reuters Foundation is no ordinary charity. With 26 full-time journalists around the world and a globally recognised media brand attached to it, the foundation looks and feels very much like a professional news provider.
The clue to its social-orientated identity lies in its content. Click through to its online portal and you’ll find precious little of Thomson Reuters’ bread-and-butter stories. So it’s out with stock market updates and breaking political news. Instead, the foundation favours hard-hitting stories from some of the most overlooked corners of the world.
“We really pick the issues that are usually under-reported. If Reuters is going to cover a story, we won’t cover it. There’s no point duplicating,” said Villa, who took over as the foundation’s chief executive five years ago. (more…)
Imagine the unimaginable. Think for a moment of a world without pictures. Assume that cameras were no more, that humanity had lost the power to document reality with images. Our lives would certainly be poorer, society drastically different, and history, perhaps, set on a very different course. (more…)
As Egypt remains broiled in political upheaval, we spoke to Saif Eldin Hamdan, Senior Editor at the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Aswat Masriya news service in Egypt, about running a successful news operation out of Cairo during one of the most turbulent moments in the country’s modern history. (more…)
Against the backdrop of the recently launched Foundation-led alliance to fight human trafficking, Monique called on a new set of “unlikely superheroes” including bankers, lawyers, and reporters to “suit up” and join the global fight against crime and injustice. “Save the world from your desk,” she said. “This is your chance.”
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Our leaders will once again participate in the influential conversations taking place at this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival, which will be held June 26 – July 3. We’re honored to be partnering with the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic for the sixth year to underwrite this unique gathering.
The Aspen Ideas Festival, now in its ninth year, assembles some of the world’s most influential thinkers and leaders to discuss their work and the issues that inspire them. This year’s Festival will explore a wide range of topics and issues, including:
The Thomson Reuters Foundation continues to successfully contribute to the enhancement of women’s rights internationally. The organization runs a number of groundbreaking programs aimed at empowering women and men through news, information, free legal assistance and media development. Its revamped website, trust.org, is one of the fastest-growing sources of information on women’s rights giving a voice to the ongoing struggles faced by millions of women seeking freedom, justice and equality.
The Foundation has been instrumental in putting women’s right at the top of the global news agenda through the Trust Women’s Conference and the fight against human trafficking. As a direct result of last year’s conference, in April 2013, Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO Monique Villa and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. launched an international working group dedicated to fighting human trafficking.
In tune with the legal expertise of Thomson Reuters, the Foundation is also proactively engaging with the legal community to connect a number of the best NGOs and social enterprises with pro bono lawyers across the world. A number of these organizations are involved in the field of women’s rights, and TrustLaw Connect has been instrumental in helping them tackle a number of issues, including women’s access to health and education, land rights and human trafficking.