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Award-winning Actress Gillian Anderson and Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus to speak at Trust Women

22 November 2016


The Thomson Reuters Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the world’s biggest news and information provider, will welcome global women’s rights and anti-trafficking leaders at its annual Trust Women conference, held this year at the Hilton Bankside, London, on November 30 and December 1.

Some 600 delegates including Nobel Peace Prize winners, government and business leaders, top legal and financial firms, TV and film personalities and NGOs and activists will attend the event which will include the launch of the Stop Slavery Award and the UK premiere of SOLD.

Trust Women provides an unparalleled platform for the exchange of ideas, experience and expertise. Each day ends with committing to taking specific and concrete action to empower women and to fight human trafficking and modern day slavery.

Confirmed speakers this year include: Golden Globe-winning actress Gillian Anderson; Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus; Sculptor and Turner Prize winner Anish Kapoor; Cherie Blair CBE QC; Yazidi UN Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad Basee Taha; International President of Médecins Sans Frontières Joanne Liu; New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr; UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland; Former Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino; Chief Executive of the Police & Crime Commissioners for England & Wales Nazir Afzal; Girls Not Brides Chair Mabel van Oranje; Freedom Fund CEO Nick Grono; Mekong Club CEO Matt Friedman.

“Trust Women is all about taking action and impact”, says Monique Villa, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Founder of the global event. “We will address such issues as breaking taboos, deradicalisation, migration, and of course how to clean supply chains from forced labour. It is encouraging to see how this conference has evolved into an international movement of people and organisations eager to take action to put the rule of law behind women’s rights and eradicate slavery. The Stop Slavery Award, given for the first time this year, is a great example of impact through a business friendly initiative” she added.

The conference will address global issues through six main themes addressed over two days in plenary sessions. These are:

Stories of survival: Child slavery
Cleaning supply chains from forced labour
Migrants: Crisis or new normality?
Women entrepreneurs: They make it happen
Is deradicalisation possible?
Breaking taboos
Trust Women Actions will follow, with participants actively encouraged to contribute.

On the evening of November 30, The Thomson Reuters Foundation will present the first ever Stop Slavery Award, a custom-made Anish Kapoor sculpture, to businesses who proved they took exceptional action in cleaning their supply chains of forced labour. Senior executives from the winning companies, which will be unveiled on the day, will then participate in a panel discussion about their involvement in the initiative.

Shortlisted companies for the Stop Slavery Award include: ABP UK; Apple Inc; Carlson; Fortescue Metals Group; Gildan Activewear Inc; Hewlett Packard Enterprise; NXP Semiconductors; R. Twining & Co Ltd; Tesco Stores Ltd.; Thai Union.

Following the Stop Slavery Award ceremony, the Foundation will host the UK premier of Sold, starring Gillian Anderson, a powerful film based on the true story of a survivor who was trafficked from Nepal to a Mumbai brothel as a young child. Gillian Anderson will participate in a Q&A session alongside the film’s producer Jane Charles, director Jeffrey Brown, and Tiffany Watts, executive director of Childreach International.

Headline sponsor: White & Case

Associate Sponsors: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Humanity United, Stardust Fund

Executive Sponsors: Baker & McKenzie, Swarovski, Intel

Contributing Sponsors: Carlson, Women’s WorldWide Web, European Investment Bank

Supporting Sponsors: Reed Smith, Shiva Foundation, MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth, Trixie and Stephen Brenninkmeijer

Social Media Partner: YouTube

About the Thomson Reuters Foundation
The Thomson Reuters Foundation acts to promote socio-economic progress and the rule of law worldwide. It provides free legal assistance, media development and in-depth coverage of the world’s under-reported stories.

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