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Thomson Reuters Foundation May Newsletter

This month at the Thomson Reuters Foundation: Land and property rights, one of the world’s most under-reported human rights issues, gets a dedicated platform with Place; we unveil an innovative global training programme for journalists reporting on conflict and security threats; and we launch a blog competition to highlight the impact of climate change across urban areas.


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

A Place for Land and Property Rights

Lack of land and property rights is one of the world’s most silent crises and linked to poverty, hunger, violence and women’s disempowerment. To shine a spotlight on these issues, this month we launched Place (Property, Land, Access, Connections, Empowerment), a platform boasting original video, resources and the first global news team dedicated to land and property tenure. It was developed with support from the Omidyar Network. Learn more about why property rights matter here and find out more about the initiative with this video.

Women and Climate Change

Laurie Goering, Climate Change Editor at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, will be chairing a discussion hosted by the Women for Change (WFC) series at the Shiva Foundation examining how women are vulnerable to climate change yet uniquely positioned to become key decision makers in this area. We also partnered with the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) to launch a blog competition on how to build resilience to climate change in urban areas. The deadline for entries is June 17th.

Protecting Whistleblowers: A New Blueprint

With support from TrustLaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation pro bono legal programme, Blueprint for Free Speech has produced a report examining a 1998 U.K. law to protect whistleblowers in the workplace. According to the report existing protections in the the Public Interest Disclosure Act (PIDA) are “in need of significant reform." The report lays out a new model for protecting whistleblowers, including a government agency specializing in the issue. Blueprint has also launched the Blueprint Whistleblowing Prizes. Read about it here.

Reporting Security Threats

Can the media play a role in helping to prevent instability by drawing attention to countries and regions before they spiral out of control? We believe so, and that’s why we are introducing a new programme to support journalists investigating emerging security threats. Launched in partnership with the Stanley Foundation and Gerda Henkel Stiftung, the programme includes a three-day reporting lab in London in October where attendees can refine story ideas, polish a pitch for international publications and apply for small grants.The deadline is July 12.

Secure Your Discount for Trust Women

Don’t miss your chance to grab early bird tickets to the upcoming Trust Women conference. Visit the website to buy your ticket and receive a 20% discount until the 31st of May. Trust Women is our flagship yearly event. It’s committed to finding real solutions to empower women and fight slavery worldwide. The event brings together global corporations, lawyers, government representatives, and pioneers in the field of women’s rights and anti-slavery.

TrustLaw Trainings in London and San Francisco

Join the TrustLaw team and social innovation experts for practical legal training on social enterprise and impact investing in San Francisco on 13 September and in London on 19, 25 & 27 October. Through a mixture of lectures, panel discussions and interactive workshop, the course will explore key legal issues and trends in the burgeoning social innovation space and provide lawyers and professionals in the sector with the skills they need to advise stakeholders. 

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