One hour til Trust Women conference opens on a clear sunny day here in London. Great lineup.
TrustWomen conference on women's rights due to kick off at 0900 London time. Stay tuned by following #twconf12. Sadly, I'm stuck on a train:(
Good morning and welcome to the Trust Women Conference!Get ready for two intense days aimed at concrete solutions to putting the rule of law behind women's rights!
Theme for the first day is "When Culture Clashes with the Law" and it will examine child marriage, female genital mutilation and the Arab Spring - opportunity or disaster for women. And exciting development -- the opening message comes via video from Nobel prize winner and Myanmar democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi.
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Opening remarks about to get underway at Trust Women Conference!
Looking forward to the start of @TrustWomenConf and hearing delegates from around the world talking about women's rights and the rule of law. Opening remarks shortly by Monique Villa, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, publisher IHT, and Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi #twconf12
To help women know and defend their rights. To put the rule of law behind women's rights. To bring real action. That's the goal of the Trust Women Conference. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi tells us she was brought up to Trust Women. She says "Trust Women Means Trust Ourselves. Please remember that."
Moving message from Aung San Suu Kyi at start of @trustwomenconf 'We women have to learn to trust ourselves' . Education is vital, she says. Plus having great female role models. #twconf12
Monique Villa, Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO, welcomes delegates from 28 countries from around the world. "We want to help to put the full force of the law behind women's rights. We want to help by taking action--Nothing less."
Monique Villa created TrustLaw in July 2010 to promote the culture of pro bono--now numbering more than 700 members including 270-plus law firms. Look around you, you have plenty
of them in the room. Don't be afraid, they are here for pro bono," she said, drawing laughter.
Rule of law is vital for everything we do in our lives - property, marriage etc - but education is vital so women know the law exists and that they have rights, says Monique Villa at start of @trustwomenconf #twconf12
Monique Villa tells gathering that the actions pledged at this conference will be reviewed at the conference next year.