Women's Rights

By strategically combining the power of our programmes we are able to provide unique expertise and offer high-impact solutions to tackle global issues.

Women around the world continue to struggle for their social, political, economic, and reproductive rights.

According to the World Bank, women reinvest on average 90% of their total income directly into their families with visible benefits not only for their children, but also for the wider communities in which they live. Despite being a proven economic accelerator, women around the world continue to experience a number of struggles: from unequal pay to lack of land and property. They are also subject to a number of human rights abuses ranging from female genital mutilation to sexual violence and exploitation.

The Foundation plays a key role in putting the rule of law behind women’s rights. From dedicated news coverage and international polls focused on the key challenges facing women around the world, to specialised journalism training and authoritative legal research triggering powerful policy change on the ground. Our annual conference convenes and amplifies the voices of leaders on the frontlines, taking real action to find concrete solutions to advance women’s rights globally.

Raising Awareness

Accurate, independent and unbiased news is vital to creating open, fair and tolerant societies. By reporting women’s rights, we shed a light on gender inequality and women’s empowerment. Additionally, we scale our know-how by training journalists on how to report women’s issues accurately and fairly.

Reporting Women's Rights

The Foundation’s team of journalists produce daily news, in-depth investigations and short documentaries on stories affecting women and the struggle to secure their rights around the world. All our news reaches an estimated readership of 1 billion people a day, triggering local and international debates, and leading to impactful change on the ground.

In-depth Coverage

  • Widow abuses around the world

  • International Women’s Day

  • Trafficking and modern-day slavery



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Journalism Training

We train journalists around the world to report the issues affecting the lives of women.

Our courses have covered a broad range of topics including business reporting specifically targeted to female journalists, female political empowerment in countries undergoing elections, and women's rights as human rights.

Across courses, we look at gender sensitisation, safety for female journalists, and explore what female perspectives specifically bring to media coverage of an issue or event.

Leading the conversation

Our regular media appearances, editorial pieces and speaking engagements place focus on some of the key challenges facing women across the world.

Media Appearances

Our CEO regularly appears on leading programmes to shed light on the biggest issues facing women around the world today.

In the Press

We consistently contribute pieces to leading publications around the world to reinforce public awareness of some of the most pressing women's rights issues, and are recognised by leading publications for our efforts in this space.

Strengthening the Rule of Law

Ensuring the rule of law is upheld is fundamental to making progress in the fight for women's rights. Our TrustLaw programme connects leading women's rights NGOs with top law firms providing crucial pro bono support.

Taking the pulse

When gathered and analysed by experts, data can illustrate scenarios as vividly as photojournalism. Our annual perception polls generate international debate by putting women’s rights at the top of the news agenda.

Annual Polls

When gathered and analysed by experts, data can illustrate scenarios as vividly as photojournalism. Our annual perception polls generate international debate by putting women’s rights at the top of the news agenda.

  • Women on the move

    With our poll, supported by Uber, we set out to find the key concerns that women have regarding the use of both public and private transport in five of the world’s biggest commuter cities in five different cultural regions.
  • Most Dangerous Cities for Women

    The Thomson Reuters Foundation is conducting the first survey to look at which of the world’s megacities are best for women, with cities globally forecast to grow in both size and number in coming decades. Asking experts on women’s issues in cities ranked as megacities by the United Nations, we hope to highlight which cities are creating safe environments for women and where planning is failing to meet women’s needs.
  • The 5 Key Issues Facing Women in the G20

    The survey involved questioning women in 15 of the word's largest capital cities and in New York, as well as experts focused on women’s rights, gender equality, urban planning and gender-friendly urban spaces. The survey was carried out in collaboration with a major UK polling company, YouGov. Bogota, Mexico City and Lima were ranked at having most dangerous transport systems for women.
  • The Most Dangerous Transport Systems for Women

    From rape and domestic violence to lack of healthcare and education, millions of women experience daily peril, but nowhere more than in the five countries a TrustLaw expert poll identifies as the world's most dangerous countries to be female in 2011: Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India and Soma.
  • Women’s Rights in the Arab World

    The poll of 336 specialists was designed to assess the extent to which Arab states adhere to key provisions of the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), factors ranging from political representation and economic inclusion to reproductive rights and gender violence.
  • G20: The Best and Worst for Women

    We ranked the best and worst G20 countries for women, looking at health services, violence, political participation, workplace opportunities, access to resources such as education and property rights, and freedom from trafficking and slavery. Canada ranked as the best place to be a woman while India ranked worst due to infanticide, child marriage and slavery.

Convening changemakers

Our annual Trust Conference (formerly known as Trust Women) convenes thought leaders, decision makers, and activists working to put the rule of law behind human rights. While day one is dedicated to the fight against human trafficking and slavery, day two explores under-reported human rights issues, with special focus on issues affecting women and girls.

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Each year, we invite inspiring speakers from a wide range of backgrounds to share their knowledge and explore some of the most pressing issues facing women around the globe today.

  • 2018 Plenary - Violence Against Women

  • Keynote: Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

  • Keynote: Emma Bonino, former Italian Foreign Minister

  • Keynote: Nadia Murad, Yazidi Human Rights Activist

  • Panel – Breaking Taboos

  • Panel – Women Entrepreneurs: They Make it Happen

  • Panel – Keeping Girls in School

  • Panel – Women and Leadership

  • Panel – Women Under Extremist Rule

  • Panel - Access to Land, The Biggest Challenge to Women's Empowerment

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2018 Conference Highlights

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