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What’s on at the Thomson Reuters Foundation

This month, TrustLaw launches cross-border research on the effectiveness of rape laws in seven countries to support reform in Bangladesh; our CEO Monique Villa travels to Davos for the World Economic Forum to discuss effective solutions to combat slavery; and we partner with Microsoft to launch the Trust Women Photo Award.

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

TrustLaw tackles rape law reform in Bangladesh

The Foundation's global pro bono legal programme has launched a new study comparing the existing rape laws of Bangladesh to those of seven other countries: England and Wales, Canada, India, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa and the US. The research was commissioned by the Bangladesh Legal Aid Services Trust (BLAST) to advocate for law reform in the country. Currently, rape trials in Bangladesh use information on the victim’s character and their sexual history as evidence in rape trials. Read the full story and the full TrustLaw report

Monique Villa calls for concerted action to fight slavery at the World Economic Forum

Our CEO Monique Villa attended the World Economic Forum in Davos and participated in a strategic meeting with Europe’s largest unions to find effective ways to collaborate in the fight against slavery. Among the topics discussed, participants argued for a multi-country approach to implementing a minimum wage, and identified solutions to tackle slavery in the supply chain and in the construction industry. Read Monique’s thoughts on the best way forward to combat the slavery scourge on the World Economic Forum blog and watch the interview with Hub Culture’s Edie Lush.

Haiti five years after the quake

In January 2010, Foundation correspondent Anastasia Moloney arrived in Port-au-Prince just days after a massive earthquake rocked Haiti. The earthquake killed more than 200,000 people and left 1.5 million homeless. Five years later, some 80,000 people are still living in tents and makeshift shelters. In her video diary, Anastasia returns to Haiti to reflect on the situation today. Read the full briefing here and check out our vast video archive on other pressing humanitarian issues. 

Calling all journalists: apply now for free professional training courses

Are you a senior journalist looking to hone your editorial judgment skills? Are you a journalist from Southeast Europe keen to improve your reporting prowess on emerging markets? Look no further. Apply for our upcoming course on Editorial Judgment or our four-week programme on Economic and Political Reporting from Southeast Europe and get specialist expertise through hands-on experience and mentoring. 

Enter the Trust Women Photo Award

Do you like photography? Are you passionate about women’s rights? The Trust Women Photo Award is an opportunity you don’t want to miss! Use your mobile to depict how “women make it happen” and get a chance to win a full-paid trip to attend a Mobile Journalism training course organised and run by the Foundation’s Media Development programme. Shortlisted pictures will also be showcased at the Trust Women Conference. Follow the buzz on #WomenMakeItHappen and find out more about the competition. You have until February 19 to submit your picture. 

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