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Women's Rights

The Foundation’s TrustLaw news service has become one of the world’s leading sources of information on women’s rights, offering unique insight from our correspondents on five continents and a growing list of content partners and contributors.

Our annual poll of global gender experts ranked the best and worst G20 countries to be a woman, garnering massive media coverage, including in the New York Times, BBC, Globe and Mail, Forbes, CNN, Washington Post and La Figaro.

The poll results continue to be cited regularly, particularly after the gang rape and murder of a New Delhi student triggered mass protests in India, which ranked as the worst G20 country for women. The poll even inspired a villager in southwest India to develop the country’s first online mapping system to document abuses against women. 

The Foundation’s correspondents produced widely praised multimedia content to frame the themes at our inaugural Trust Women conference, including women’s rights after the Arab Spring, female genital mutilation, forced marriage and trafficking and slavery. 

We jointly produced an eight-page newspaper supplement with the International Herald Tribune featuring high-profile stories on such themes as India’s middle class complicity in domestic slavery, Burmese brides trafficked and sold into slavery and the provocative question: Are women leaders less corrupt?

Meanwhile, many of our TrustLaw Connect programmes focused on women’s rights issues. Research into trafficking and prostitution laws in Africa and the Middle East has helped one non-governmental organisation lobby for legal reform. Similarly, research on domestic worker’s legal rights is helping activists campaign globally for national implementation of a key treaty tackling slavery.

We’re not asking for 20,000 laws. We’re asking for one constitutional law – just one, which says that men and women are equal in their rights and their responsibilities. Full stop.
- Amira Yahyaoul, Tunisian rights activist