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This month: Trust Women speaker Evelyn Chumbow shares her inspiring journey from slavery to a new career path at a top international law firm; we put the focus on female genital mutilation and tell you why the number of women and girls at risk continues to rise globally; and with only one day left to enter the Trust Women Photo Award competition, it’s your last chance to send your photos.

This newsletter keeps you up to date with the latest news, events, and developments from our key programmes: free legal assistancemedia development and trainingcoverage of the world’s under-reported stories, and Trust Women.

From slavery to freedom: meet Evelyn Chumbow

At the age of 9, Evelyn Chumbow left her native Cameroon in search of a better life in the USA. Instead, she was abused and enslaved for eight years, At the age of 17, Evelyn managed to escape, and today she is an anti-slavery advocate and leader of the National Survivor Network. At Trust Women, Evelyn made connections that enabled her to embark on a new career path at a global law firm. Read her story and her thoughts on the impact Trust Women had on her career and the anti-slavery movement.

Fighting female genital mutilation

According to UNICEF, 140 million women and girls worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation. The practice is most common in Africa and the Middle East but it also affects women and girls living in the West. In the USA, the number of women at risk of FGM has more than doubled since 2000. Take a look at our exclusive coverage and find out how leading experts are stepping up the fight to eliminate FGM.

Save the date for Trust Women 2015

Put the date early in your diary: this year’s Trust Women will take place on 17-18 November at the Landmark Hotel in London. On the agenda: tackling modern-day slavery and human trafficking, and access to education, training, skills and opportunities for women. Sign up for the Trust Women newsletter to get all the latest updates.

Last call for entries to the Trust Women Photo Award

Are you passionate about women’s rights? Grab your mobile phone and show us how women “make it happen”. You could win a trip to attend a Mobile Journalism training course organised and run by the Foundation’s Media Development programme and a Microsoft Lumia 930 mobile phone. Shortlisted pictures will also be showcased at Trust Women. Time is running out: the competition closes Wednesday, February 19. Submit your photos now!

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