Women's Rights

TrustLaw’s research programmes bring legal weight to campaigns working to secure social, political, economic and reproductive rights for women worldwide.

Women around the world continue to fight for their rights and are disproportionately affected by various forms of human rights abuse. TrustLaw works with its NGO and law firm members to correct these imbalances.

Upholding the rule of law is fundamental to making progress in the fight for women's rights. TrustLaw connects leading NGOs in the field with top law firms providing crucial pro bono support across a range of issue areas where women's rights are threatened.

In addition to providing NGOs with free legal assistance, these lawyers produce authoritative pro bono research, giving those on the frontlines effective tools to demand policy change and ensure the rule of law is used to drive the fight for women's rights.

Gender Based Violence

Violence against women takes many forms and knows no geographical boundaries. It has far-reaching consequences for both the mental and physical health of its victims.

The World Health Organisation estimates that 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual violence in her lifetime. Our NGO and law firm members strive to achieve remedy for victims of this crime and ensure that many more women are protected from them.


'Sextortion' is a pervasive yet under-reported form of corruption involving sexual exploitation. Judges demanding sex in exchange for visas or favourable custody decisions, landlords threatening to evict tenants unless sexual favours are performed, and supervisors making job security contingent on sex are only a few examples of sextortion. Today the crime is largely committed online and cyber-sextortion is on the rise.

Our work with NGOs on this topic has focused on achieving recognition of this growing sex crime and on advocating for the adoption of appropriate legal measures to combat sextortion in the United States and around the world.

Child Marriage

Every two seconds, a girl under the age of 18 is married somewhere in the world to a man she hardly knows. Child marriage cuts across all religions, cultures and ethnic groups, and is one of the biggest obstacles to development. Every year, it affects 15 million girls worldwide, condemning them to a life of poverty, violence, poor education and health.

TrustLaw connects law firms with leading NGOs campaigning to pass legislation that would see an end to child marriage in the US and around the world.

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