The 2014 Trust Women Conference is to be hosted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation over two days on November 18th and 19th in London, with the objective of empowering women to know their rights, particularly in the global crime against human trafficking, a crime now worth $150bn a year.
Over the two days, the conference will address and debate on six main themes, encouraging the speakers and delegates to agree on possible commitments and strategies. Over 600 delegates are expected to attend the event, including Nobel Prize winners, international women’s rights NGOs, global corporations and foundations.
The six themes include: Slavery in the Supply Chain; Stories of survival and recovery; and the representation of women concerning issues such as land and finance.
Among the speakers will be Nobel Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, who will be giving a key speech in the conference and also launching the End Child Slavery Week campaign on the evening of November 19th , aimed at bringing all forms of forced labour and child slavery to an end by 2025, including the recruitment and use of child soldiers.
Alongside the same evening event the Kids Rights Foundation will also launch a new major initiative in the presence of internationally renowned activists and winners of the International Children’s Peace Prize.
Monique Villa, CEO of Thomson Reuters Foundation and Trust Women Founder has expressed her pride in the idea:
“Trust Women has already shown its ability to trigger bold action, as demonstrated by the financial working group fighting human trafficking through data. At the event we bring together the businesses, law firms, NGOs, academics and government representatives to break the silos and to generate lasting impact. This year, delegates will commit to new initiatives including tackling slavery in the supply chain, child trafficking and women’s access to lands rights and finance.”
Among the speakers for the conference will be: Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Yunus Centre Founder Muhammad Yunus; Sculptor and Turner Prize Winner Anish Kapoor; UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; Oxfam Chief Executive Mark Goldring; and Humanity United President and CEO Randy Newcomb.
On the Trust Women Advisory Board will include the US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Cathy Russell, Lawyer and Founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Cherie Blair, Chair of the Noor Al Hussein and King Hussein Foundations Her Majesty Queen Noor; Former Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino, and India’s first and highest ranking female police officer Kiran Bedi. You can find the full list of Trust Women Advisory Board members and other information about the event at www.trustwomenconf.com.