Prince Charles' Trust Announces New Female Empowerment Award Named after Amal Clooney
BY: OLIVIA BLAIR
Days after they mingled at a Buckingham Palace event to celebrate the work of the Prince’s Trust, Prince Charles has forged a charitable partnership with Amal Clooney – and even named an award after her.
The Prince’s Trust International has today announced the launch of the global ‘Amal Clooney Award’ which will celebrate the achievements of inspirational young women around the world.
The Trust says the award will highlight the work of women between the ages of 11 and 30 who have, against the odds, made a difference in their community. It will showcase unsung heroines who run or are the force behind inspiring projects.
The first award will be given in 2020 and will be presented by the human rights lawyer, herself, who will be the prize’s figurehead.
“I am honoured to have been invited by Prince’s Trust International to participate in this global initiative celebrating young women who are change-makers in their communities,” Clooney said in a statement.
“It is a privilege to be able to play a part in a project that will draw attention to incredible young women who are the future leaders of our world.”
Clooney has long been hailed as a champion for defending women’s and human rights issues across the world, including her legal campaign on behalf of 25-year-old Yazidi activist Nadia Murad, who last year was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her tireless awareness raising of sexual violence in conflict.
Clooney and her husband, George, joined Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday for a dinner to celebrate the work of the group. They were joined by an A-list line up including Josh Hartnett, Tamsin Egerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Luke Evans.
Prince’s Trust International is an expansion of Prince Charles’ trust, established in 1976, which helps disadvantaged young people in the UK. The international arm works alongside the private sector, governments and civil society in various countries to support young people get into work, education or training. There are now pilots and programmes in Australia, Canada, India, Barbados, Jordan, Pakistan and Malta.