Foreign Affairs is a media partner for 2014 Thomson Reuters Foundation Trust Women Conference on November 18-19 in London. The magazine will be distributed to some 600 delegates including Nobel Peace Prize winners, global corporations, top legal and financial firms, international women's rights NGOs, and foundations that attend the event to forge tangible commitments to empower women to know and defend their rights, and to contribute to the global fight against human trafficking, a crime worth approximately 150 billion dollars per year.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi will attend the two-day event to deliver a keynote speech and to launch the End Child Slavery Week campaign, a global initiative aimed at eradicating forced labour and child slavery in all its forms, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, by 2025.
Additional confirmed speakers at the Trust Women conference include: Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Yunus Centre Founder Muhammad Yunus; Sculptor and Turner Prize Winner Anish Kapoor; UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State on slavery Luis CdeBaca; New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.; Humanity United President and CEO Randy Newcomb; ONE Executive Director Jamie Drummond; Every Mother Counts Founder Christy Turlington Burns; Everyday Sexism Project Founder Laura Bates; Eco Age Creative Director Livia Firth; World Bank Chief Suspension and Debarment Officer Pascale Dubois; Oxfam Chief Executive Mark Goldring; Freedom Fund CEO Nick Grono; Western Union Chief Compliance Officer Barry Koch; Marks & Spencer Head of Responsible Sourcing Louise Nicholls; and Lush Head of Ethical Buying Simon Constantine.
“Trust Women has already shown its ability to trigger bold action, as demonstrated by the financial working group fighting human trafficking through data”, said Monique Villa, Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO and Trust Women Founder. "At the event we bring together the business, 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.”
"Foreign Affairs is distributed at some of the most elite gatherings around the world, from Davos to the World Bank/IMF meetings to the UN General Assembly. Expanding our presence at conferences and events like Trust Women allows us to reach a captive audience of some of the most innovative thinkers and leaders working to solve crucial global problems," noted Lynda Hammes, the publisher of Foreign Affairs magazine.
The November conference will focus on addressing global issues through six main themes explored and debated over two days. The action groups, a key feature of the conference, will encourage speakers and delegates to forge connections to undertake tangible commitments for change.
- Slavery in the supply chain – will look at slave labor at different stages of the supply chain, from the production of raw materials to the final stage when products reach consumers. The panel will also look at the role played by labour brokers and present case studies of global manufacturers that are successfully adopting measures to improve the accountability of their supply chains to fight slavery and protect their brands.
- Stories of survival and recovery – will highlight inspiring personal accounts of slavery survivors from India, Uganda, and Colombia and examine their journeys to freedom and recovery. A separate session will also look at the psychological issues faced by human trafficking survivors looking at best-practice support strategies.
- Women and cities – will look at urban planning and the different public transportation needs for women based on travel behaviour, affordability and safety. The session will also look at issues such as design and conceptualisation of public space in relation to specific gender needs.
- Women and land – will highlight issues faced by women who are denied the right to own land. The session will look at the socio-economic potential resulting from reforms and initiatives aimed at boosting women’s land rights.
- Women and finance – will look at the challenges and opportunities for women and their financial empowerment. Combining both a community-based and a global approach, the session will discuss access to credit, banking, savings and other innovative financial services specifically tailored to spur women’s untapped economic potential.
- Actions update - Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. will present the impact of the financial initiative to combat human trafficking, resulting directly from Trust Women and launched in partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation in April 2013. The financial working group explored effective ways to identify and use financial data to dismantle human trafficking networks and agreed to share with US law enforcement agencies suspicious data linked to human trafficking activity. The financial institutions involved in the initiative include: American Express, Bank of America, Barclays, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, TD Bank, Wells Fargo, and Western Union.
For a special event, on November 19, Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi and the Thomson Reuters Foundation will host a special evening to launch End Child Slavery Week, a global campaign aimed at raising awareness and taking action to eradicate child slavery. Moderated by Every Mother Counts Founder Christy Turlington Burns, the event is run in partnership with the Global March against Child Labour, Anti-Slavery International, Education International, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and Kids Rights Foundation. At part of the same evening event, the KidsRights Foundation will also launch a new major initiative in the presence of internationally renowned activists and the winners of the International Children's Peace Prize. More details on this initiative will be disclosed closer to the date.
For more information on the Thomson Reuters Foundation Trust Women Conference, visit trustwomenconf.com.
For more information on Foreign Affairs' media partnership, reach out to Courtney Doggart.