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What's on at the Thomson Reuters Foundation

This month we look back at a fantastic year: from TrustLaw’s 2,000th connection, to the numerous awards received, to the most powerful actions taken at Trust Women, plus, we unveil the most read stories of the year.

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.

TrustLaw celebrates its 2,000th connection

TrustLaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation pro global bono legal programme, has made its 2,000th connection, bringing together a legal firm from Uganda, and a social enterprise in Amsterdam. Since the launch of TrustLaw in 2010, over 100,000 lawyers have donated the equivalent of $70 million dollars in ‘brain hours’ to help high-impact NGOs and social enterprises achieve their mission for free. 2015 has been a year of growth for TrustLaw: the programme has now 2,900 members in over 170 countries, including more than 540 law firms.

Foundation bags prestigious awards

It’s been another great year for the Foundation in terms of Awards. In March, Monique Villa was honoured with the 2015 Champions for Change Award for her vision in the fight against trafficking. Our editorial team won the 2015 Asian Environmental Journalism Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting by a Media Organisation; our reporter Chris Arsenault received the Gold medal for the United Nations Foundation Prize; and Myanmar Now won the European Commission’s Lorenzo Natali Media Prize 2015 for a feature on underage sex workers.

Trust Women delivers strong actions

Last month, Trust Women brought together 550 delegates from around the world to take action for women’s rights and fight against human trafficking. Among the initiatives announced: the Stop Slavery Award; a global data platform to fight slavery in supply chains; a litigation centre for the victims of trafficking; and an initiative to boost literacy for 5 million women through mobile phones. You can read all the Trust Women actions and offer your support here. Plus, watch all the videos and pictures, and sign up for next year's conference.

Our poll reveals top 5 issues for women at work

In October, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, we released the findings of a global poll assessing the main concerns faced by women in the workplace. The survey of more than 9,500 women revealed that work-life balance and equal pay are the most critical issues, followed by harassment, equal opportunities and the impact of family life on career prospects. Check out the full details of the poll and watch the impact video. 

Turning sustainability into a global conversation

Earlier this year, we teamed up with the United Nations Foundation to make the UN Sustainable Development Goals more accessible by creating a truly unique journalism course. Through the partnership, our Media Development programme trained almost 600 journalists and media professionals in 33 countries. The final aim? To better understand the complex issues surrounding the UN global development goals – going beyond the jargon – to facilitate a global debate around sustainability and climate change. 

The year’s top 10

Throughout 2015, we continued to shed light on some of the world’s under-reported stories. From a maid exposing modern slavery in Hong Kong, to forced marriage in New York, these are the 10 stories you liked the most both in text and video. Get ready for another year of great content. In 2016, we will put the focus on modern-day slavery and access to land and property rights. Stay tuned!

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