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Thomson Reuters Foundation July Newsletter

This month at the Thomson Reuters Foundation: we tell you about "sextortion", a fast-growing crime affecting women and young girls around the world; TrustLaw reveals the findings of its Index of Pro Bono; and we launch our first-ever journalism training focused on reporting taboos.

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.

Shedding Light on "Sextortion"

Have you heard of "sextortion"? It's an increasingly occurring form of corruption where hackers obtain compromising photos of women and young girls, then demand sexual favors - not money - in exchange for keeping the illegally obtained content private. A new TrustLaw report sheds light on the gaps in the legal protection available for the victims of sextortion and calls for the updating of existing laws in order to better target predators and protect victims. Read the full report here and Monique Villa’s editorial for Marie Claire highlighting the consequences of sextortion.

Pro Bono is Thriving

In 2015, China emerged as a hot spot for pro bono legal work and law firms around the world contributed the equivalent of a week’s work in pro bono legal assistance. These are some of the fascinating insights of the TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono. The survey identifies global and regional trends across the sector looking at the amount of pro bono work conducted by law firms on a country-by-country basis. In addition to revealing unexpected emerging hotspots, this year’s Index shows that law firms are responding to the international refugee crisis by stepping up pro bono support globally. The findings of the Index are available in full here.

Delivering Action

Trust Women is the conference where ideas become actions. Last year, nine actions were presented on stage, each of them with the ultimate goal of either fighting slavery and/or empowering women. This month, we reported on the progress made on three of these ambitious actions: the TrustLaw Litigation Hub for the victims of trafficking; a dedicated app to help shoppers choose brands with good labour practices; and a career academy for the survivors of trafficking. Thinking of attending Trust Women in November? Take advantage of the 10% early bird discount that is currently available. 

Reporting 'Taboos'

From female genital mutilation to witchcraft and menstruation, countries around the world have their very own cultural taboos. Can the media play a role in deconstructing some of these ideas? We believe so, and that’s why we have launched our first-ever journalism training programme entirely focused on reporting taboos. The first cohort of journalists convened in London this month with participants from a diverse range of countries including Nicaragua, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zambia, Kenya, Botswana, Egypt, and Armenia. The group worked closely with the Foundation’s award-winning editorial team to refine story ideas and push the boundaries on reporting taboos in their nations.

Insights from the Frontline

This month, we’ve joined forces with London’s prestigious Frontline Club to launch a new opinion series titled Frontline Insight, in which speakers from the Club share their views on a number of issues. Topics on a wide range of important but under-reported issues, from China’s fertility experiment, to lessons on hatred from Bosnia and Syria’s female journalistshave been covered so far. Stay up to date on upcoming events at the Frontline Club here.

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