AAWC and Thomson Reuters announce successful conclusion of three-month capacity-building partnership

13 Dec 2013

Last Friday, Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) and Thomson Reuters Corporation successfully concluded Generate, a three-month corporate social responsibility program designed by Impact International. By connecting AAWC to a team of six Thomson Reuters employees chosen from around the world, Generate functioned as a capacity-building opportunity for AAWC and a leadership development opportunity for the Thomson Reuters team. Based on a weeklong onsite visit to AAWC and several months of online collaboration, the six Generate volunteers made recommendations in two focus areas: monitoring & evaluation (M&E) and talent management.

Manju Vyas, CEO of AAWC, said, “The volunteers were a tremendous asset to AAWC, and we thank them for their time and dedication. I look forward to implementing their recommendations for the betterment of AAWC staff and members alike.”

In a joint statement, the Generate team reported, “Our engagement with AAWC through the Thomson Reuters Generate Program allowed us to indirectly support the women of Kamathipura. Our team has recommended a software solution that will streamline AAWC’s monitoring and evaluation, enhance donor management, and track marketing campaigns. Additionally, we have created a series of tutorial videos on computer skills and a set of easy-to-use templates to simplify human resource management across recruiting, appraisal, development, and exit. Ultimately, we hope these enhancements will provide a pathway to the future by allowing AAWC to grow and continue to change the lives of women and children in Mumbai’s red light area.”

The volunteers were a group of six high-performing employees selected from Thomson Reuters’ global offices: Laura Bengford, Product Manager (Legal) from Los Angeles, CA, USA; Summit Chaudhuri, Finance Manager (Finance & Risk) from New York, NY, USA; Randy Fabi, Chief Correspondent (News) from Jakarta, Indonesia; Michael Murray, Finance Manager (Legal) from Eagan, MN, USA; Komala Raja, Lead Process and Tool Analyst (Technology) from Bangalore, India; and Silvina Sanchez, Internal Communications Manager (Global Growth & Operations) from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  • After a weeklong visit in Mumbai, the Generate volunteers say goodbye to AAWC.

Bengford stated, “I came away very touched by the passion, dedication, and strength of the AAWC management and staff. It was very rewarding to work together as a team with AAWC to develop a future growth plan that will leverage their existing successful model and apply some of Thomson Reuter’s methods for developing staff and organizations. I plan to stay in touch, continue to learn about the issues, and share my experience with others in the hope for greater awareness and support.”

Impact International is a global people development company focused on leadership development, team development, and change management. Established in 1980 in the United Kingdom, Impact employs 250 people and operates in over 50 countries with over 400 customers. Generate was first piloted by Impact in 2010.

Thomson Reuters Corporation is a multinational media and information firm that serves professionals in the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, intellectual property and science, and media markets. Headquartered in New York City, Thomson Reuters employs 60,000 people and operates in over 100 countries.

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About Apne Aap Women’s Collective
Founded in 1998, Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) serves the women, girls, and toddlers of the Greater Kamathipura Area, one of the largest and oldest red light areas in Asia. By providing its members with the tools and resources to create a better life, AAWC seeks to empower women who have been trafficked into brothel-based prostitution and to prevent intergenerational trafficking of girls and young children who grow up in the brothels. Since its inception, AAWC has served more than 1,500 women, 650 girls and 400 toddlers. Learn more at www.aawc.in.

Contact: media@aawc.in