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Thomson Reuters Foundation or covers news on human rights issues, climate change, wars and conflicts. The multimedia production below took place during 2012 - 2014 coinciding with the so-called Arab Spring, the start of the civil war in Syria, and the launching years of Trust Women. Core team: Amelia Wong, Shanshan Chen, Ye Li, Tia Dunn [at large].

Video #1
Video Wrap
Trust Women Conference 2013

In 2012, CEO Monique Villa launched the Trust Women conference centred on the rule of law in support of women’s rights. The action-driven forum later expended into the defence of human rights in the plea of modern slavery. Trust Conference 2019. This video wraps the 2013 two-day conference. 2013

Video #2
How to loot a country (and get away with it)

Secretive offshore tax havens help funnel billion of dollars out of the poorest countries and into the bank accounts of their corrupt officials. This video shows a how a dodgy politician could hypothetically abuse this shadowy financial network to enrich himself and explains why we need greater financial transparency in the fight against international corruption. Text Reuters. Script Alex Plough. Illustrations Ye Li. Animation Amelia Wong. 2013

Video #3
Women's rights in the Arab world

Arab women played a central role in the Arab Spring, but their hopes the revolts would bring greater freedom and expanded rights for women have been thwarted by entrenched patriarchal structures and the rise of Islamists, gender experts in the countries say. Almost three years after popular uprisings toppled autocratic leaders in one of the most conservative corners of the world, a Thomson Reuters Foundation poll on 22 Arab states showed three out of five Arab Spring countries in the bottom five states for women's rights. Egypt emerged as the worst country to be a woman in the Arab world today, followed closely by Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Egypt scored badly in almost every category, including gender violence, reproductive rights, treatment of women in the family and their inclusion in politics and the economy. Yara Bayoumy [Reuters] Poll 2014

Video #4
Sowing the Slum

Nairobi 2012. Two mothers tell us their stories. Anne Reuben and Lilian Keyes moved to Nairobi for a better life. Instead, they ended up in Kibera, the largest slum in the city. Anne takes care of three children and a sick husband. Some days she cannot answer her children when they ask: “Mama, today aren’t we cooking food?” Lilian is a single mother. She has a modest backyard where she grows her own vegetables. When selling extra produce, she also earns some cash. With the money, she can buy more food for her child and schoolbooks. Directed by Katy Migiro. Photography Noor Khamis. Montage Amelia Wong. 2012

Video #5
Seven Tips by Reuters Photojournalist Damir Sagolj

In 2014, photojournalist Damir Sagolj was briefly visiting Thomson Reuters in Canary Wharf, London. We were preparing a multimedia workshop for the following week. We asked him to gently share some tips on how best to build news photography. His secret? Research, preparation and 'being invisible’. 2014

Video #6
Video Series
Women of the Revolution

Women of the Revolution was an interactive prototype conceived to become a participatory platform for on women’s rights issues in the aftermaths of the Arab Spring. The project was to build a safe space for women of the Middle East and the diaspora to gather and share on their rights; speaking for themselves. The prototype videos were assigned to local crews in Sana’a, Cairo and Tunis. Sarah Jamal from Yemen in her own words. Producer: Adurahman Hussain.

Video #7
What is food insecurity? An explanation

Food insecurity is the reason 925 million people go to bed hungry despite there being enough food to feed the planet. Journalist Alex Whiting explains what food (in)security is, and why it is important. Animation: Amelia Wong. 2012

Video #8
The Egyptian Revolution [English / Arabic]

A documentary The Egyptian Revolution recalls the Egyptian revolution and the history of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in January 2011. Egyptian journalist Heba Kandil shares her first-account story on the 18 days starting 25 Jan., 2011. The film is produced in English and Arabic and compiled into a three-part chronological series: The Flood, The Clash and The Fall. This is part 1. Montage: Shanshan Chen. Animations: Amelia Wong.

Video #9
Introductory Video
The modern day slave trade

Introductory video to the Trust Women 2012 conference, co-hosted by Thomson Reuters Foundation and the International Herald Tribune, focusing on the global scourge of trafficking and modern-day slavery. This video opened a plenary session looking at the millions of people worldwide caught up in lesser known forms of servitude outside the sex trade. In 2012, estimates range from 27 million, cited by advocacy group, Free the Slaves, to the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) figure of 20.9 million people - of which about 2.2 million are forced labourers of the state, for example, working in prisons. While women and girls account for the greater share of 21st century slaves, coverage of their plight has been dominated by stories of sex trafficking and lurid tales of being forced to sell their bodies in brothels and on street corners. Animation: Ye Li [illustration] Amelia Wong [animation]. 2012 Source:

Video #10
Promotional video

A tribute to women and women rights for a commercial partnership Thomson Reuters Foundation / Nokia. Photography: Thomson Reuters. 2013

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