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What's On at the Thomson Reuters Foundation

This month at the Thomson Reuters Foundation: we name the best and worst countries to be a social entrepreneur; we award pro bono champions; and we welcome Hollywood star Gillian Anderson to Trust Women.

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.

The Best and The Worst

Social entrepreneurship is booming around the world, but there’s yet little data about it. We teamed up with Deutsche Bank, UnLtd, and the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network to produce a poll ranking the best and worst countries to be a social entrepreneur across the world’s 45 largest economies. Our CEO Monique Villa unveiled the findings to a room of industry leaders at SOCAP in San Francisco last week. The poll received global media coverage and revealed challenges and opportunities ahead for the industry. In her op-ed, Monique Villa noted that women within the sector are smashing the glass ceiling. Have a read.

Awarding Pro Bono Champions

Groundbreaking pro bono legal projects that have transformed the lives of thousands were celebrated at our 2016 TrustLaw Awards in New York last week. From banning gay conversion therapy to advocating for the rights of refugees seeking safety in Europe, the annual event recognized the most innovative and impactful pro bono legal programmes within the TrustLaw network in front of an audience of 150. At the event, TrustLaw founder Monique Villa announced that since its launch in 2010, the programme raised $85 million in pro bono support.

Gillian Anderson at Trust Women

Hollywood star Gillian Anderson will be joining us at Trust Women on November 30 for the the UK Premiere of SOLD, her award-winning movie telling the brutal reality of child trafficking. The actress will be taking part in a Q&A with delegates at the end of the Premiere which will take place at the conference. With two months to go to the event, tickets are selling fast. Don’t miss your chance to join us at the world’s leading anti-slavery forum. Get your ticket today.

Same PLACE, New Look

Who owns the air? Between people on the ground and airplanes in the sky, there is a legal grey zone where conflicts caused by drones have started to flare up. This is just one of the many original stories produced by PLACE, our land and property rights portal. This month, PLACE gets a new look. Check out the site and watch our original documentary ‘Green: At What Price’ which focuses on a community finding itself locked out of its ancestral lands and features remarkable drone footage. 


Awarded by the UK Government

Putting the rule of law behind women’s rights is core to the Foundation’s work, so we are delighted to have this recognized by the UK’s Department for International Development. The Foundation was ‘highly commended’ for its work on Women and Girls at an awards ceremony held by DfID earlier this month. Read our latest news coverage around women and girls on our news site and find out more about Trust Women, our annual women’s rights conference. 

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