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Taking Action at Trust Women

Trust Women is a conference like no other. At the event, delegates propose innovative solutions to advance women’s rights and to fight modern-day slavery. We call these solutions Actions.

At the last Trust Women conference, nine Actions were presented. It's remarkable to see how far some of them have come, less than a year from when the ideas were initially pitched. We would like to share this important update with you.

TrustLaw Litigation for Trafficking

At Trust Women, the Thomson Reuters Foundation and HT Pro Bono announced a partnership to create the TrustLaw Litigation Hub for Trafficking and Modern Slavery. The Hub will use civil litigation strategies to secure compensation and access to justice for survivors, hold perpetrators to account, provide meaningful deterrence to traffickers, and strengthen relevant laws. The Hub will include/facilitate:

* An online platform, bringing together a global network of anti-trafficking lawyers, specialist NGOs, and pro bono lawyers. The Hub will provide them with the tools they need to connect, make referrals and share expertise

* Awareness raising and training of local anti-trafficking NGOs and lawyers in target countries to help build a pipeline of cases and facilitate connection with lawyers who can provide rapid support.

Awareness raising and training will begin in Thailand and the wider Southeast Asia region, with the aim of expanding to India in the second year of the project. As the Thomson Reuters Foundation and its partners refine the capacities and functionalities of the Hub, suggestions are welcome.

The Stop Slavery Awards

The Stop Slavery Awards is an initiative by the Thomson Reuters Foundation to recognize companies that are taking concrete steps to eradicate forced labour from their supply chains.

To be conferred on November 30 at the Trust Women conference in the form of an artwork by world‑renowned artist Sir Anish Kapoor, the Stop Slavery Award aims to create a virtuous cycle and demonstrate that business can play a critical role in the effort to eradicate forced labour.

The Awarded companies will receive the right to use the Stop Slavery Award logo for one year. The display of the logo will help guide consumer and customer decisions, and contribute to raise cross-sector awareness.

Applications are open until August 26. Only shortlisted candidates will be disclosed. Applications are welcome from companies of any size and sector.


Career Academy for Survivors of Human Trafficking

At the 2014 Trust Women Conference, Evelyn Chumbow, a survivor of human trafficking, passionately declared: “We don’t need your compassion. We need jobs”.

This triggered Jobs for Survivors, an Action  by Baker & McKenzie in partnership with the ICE Foundation. The aim is to provide survivors of human trafficking with support to help them thrive in their careers through training, mentoring and professional development. The programme is now called Walk Through Walls and will be launched in September 2016 with the first cohort of survivors.

Not My Style

Not My Style is an app that will tell consumers how much fashion brands share about the way they treat the women and men who make their clothes. With the support of Trust Women delegates, the Not My Style team raised over £22K through a dynamic crowdfunding campaign to develop the app.

To be launched in Autumn 2016, the app will rate over 80 high street fashion brands based the a number of indicators related to the working conditions of the people that make their clothes. The app aims to help consumers make informed decisions about where they shop, and ultimately to improve the lives of the women and men who make our clothes.

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