A new award is being launched by The Prince’s Trust International, to celebrate the achievements of young women across the world: the Amal Clooney Award.
The Prince’s Trust is the charitable foundation of Prince Charles, and has been running for some 50 years now. The international arm of the organisation was set up in 2015, to mimic the work of the UK charity: working in partnership with organisations to support young people aged 13-30 into work, education and training.
The Amal Clooney Award will ‘highlight the work of young women who have succeeded against the odds to make a lasting difference in their communities’, the organisation states.
The award is open to any young woman aged 11-30 and is open to both those who have and have not been beneficiaries of The Prince’s Trust Group. These unsung heroes will have been key to initiatives helping their communities and will consider women from all areas, such as sustainable farming schemes, to community projects in refugee camps, to rebuild-work in war zones.
Amal Clooney is a renowned lawyer, who specialises in public international law, international criminal law and human rights. She is ranked as one of the top lawyers in the UK in her field and was recently appointed to the UK Attorney General’s expert panel on public international law.
Mrs Clooney is part of the London Bar, and the New York Bar, having also worked at The Hague.
Amal will personally select one young winner to be presented with the award a year from now, in 2020. She and her husband George attended a dinner at Buckingham Palace with The Prince of Wales on Tuesday night.
Group Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust, Dame Martina Milburn said: “Through the work of the Prince’s Trust Group around the world, we see every day the struggles and the triumphs of women everywhere.
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“We are delighted to be working with Amal to shine a light on their passion and celebrate unsung female heroes everywhere. There is so much we can achieve together to help young people, and their communities, all over the world.”
Mrs Clooney remarked: “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. 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”.
While Prince Charles has his own extensive network of celebrity friends and supporters of his work, we suspect that The Duchess of Sussex introduced the two, likely at her wedding in May 2018.