Where can you meet former ambassadors, Nobel Peace Prize winners, and CEOs who care about human trafficking and promoting female entrepreneurship? The 2016 Trust Women Conference. I will soon be heading to London to represent the Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida at this conference that promises to be a rewarding experience all around.
The first day, Wednesday the 29th, will focus on human trafficking. It will start off with a bang, with keynote speakers including Emma Bonino, the former Italian Foreign Minister who was deeply involved in the refugee crisis of the past few years, and Tek Naryan Kunwar, a Nepalese judge who has “pioneered the implementation of the Nepalese anti-trafficking law.” This is just the tip of the iceberg of what promises to be an incredibly productive and informative day.
The second day, Thursday December 1st, will focus on female entrepreneurship, breaking taboos, and deradicalization. I will hear from Servante Mouazane who founded Ogunte, a consulting service that provides advice and technical assistance to female entrepreneurs. I will also hear from several activists who tackle the difficult social issues of deradicalization and breaking taboos. For more information about the full agenda, you can visit the Trust Women Conference website here.
Not only will I have the opportunity to hear inspiring people like this speak about their experiences, I will also be able to share the work of the Women’s Foundation – particularly our human trafficking data project and our expansion of Kiva U.S. lenders in Southwest Florida. The global relevance of our programs make this conference an exceptional fit for us to contribute to the international conversation about these issues. Keep an eye on our Facebook account (facebook.com/womensfundfl/) and our Twitter account @womensfundfl for more updates throughout the conference!