This sentiment is shared by its attendees and, most notably, by its fourth-annual supporter and signatory of the United Nations’ Women’s Empowerment Principles, Swarovski.
Over 120 years ago, Daniel Swarovski knew, even then, that it was the responsibility of his newly founded crystal company to help others, including women, to flourish. Today Swarovski continues to champion gender equality and shine a light on the empowerment of women. The Swarovski Foundation now focuses on its global programs that empower women’s economic, social & political voices with on-the-ground efforts. “With its commitment to women’s rights and anti-slavery, Swarovski’s support of Trust has an impact which goes far beyond financial, and we are grateful for that,” adds Trust Conference founder Monique Villa.
Trust’s seminars on living wage and breaking taboos showed what the way ahead could look like.
Other passionate attendees at these sessions included businesses, government representatives and independent activists from a wide swatch of countries – over 60 represented at the prior year’s 2016 forum. These parties gathered with one resolve: To promote the fight to advance human rights worldwide.
The underlying message – “to put the rule of law behind human rights” – united the advocates who were a stone’s throw from London’s policymakers in the Houses of Parliament - a spry four-minute walk from the conference center in Westminster. The assembly and its location stood as a true symbol of the no lip service agenda. As a beacon of possibility and problem solving, Trust Conference elevates gender equality issues to a necessary priority for us all.