Comprised of 350 delegates from around the world – female and male leaders in their fields – the conference will offer a provocative mix of keynote speeches, multimedia, plenary discussions, debates, break-out “action groups” and opportunities to engage online.
The first day of the conference will explore clashes between “culture” and the law, honing in on concrete strategies to tackle such wrongs as child marriage, female genital mutilation, acid attacks and honour killings. Delegates will delve into what the Arab Spring means for women and how to embed women's rights in new constitutions.
Day two will embrace issues ranging from financial independence and the corrosive effects of corruption to how to put the trafficking business out of business and end domestic slavery.
This joint venture between the Thomson Reuters Foundation and the IHT reflects their respective efforts to ensure women's issues are covered in the media. The Foundation's TrustLaw Women and the IHT's Female Factor are both global hubs of news and information on women's issues.
The conference's legal framework was inspired by work the Thomson Reuters Foundation is doing with its TrustLaw Connect pro bono legal platform. TrustLaw Connect was launched in 2010 with the aim of spreading pro bono work globally by helping lawyers put their professional skills to work for non-governmental organisations and social entrepreneurs. It has more than 750 members, of which 250 are law firms and in house legal teams.
Trust Women is not your typical conference. It's for those who demand action, not just talk.
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