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Prince’s Trust International launches ‘Amal Clooney Award’ celebrating the achievements of young women

Published 16 March 2019

Human rights lawyer accepts invitation from Prince’s Trust International to support new accolade

Prince’s Trust International has launched a new global award celebrating the achievements of inspirational young women around the world.

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. Amal will personally select one young winner to be presented with the award a year from now, in 2020.

The award will shine a light on the unsung heroes who are the driving force behind initiatives that are helping their communities to thrive. These could include anything from sustainable farming schemes, to community projects in refugee camps, to rebuild-work in war zones.

Amal Clooney says: “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”.

Prince’s Trust International and the network of Prince’s Trust charities in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand will all encourage the search for young women whose work, whether official or unofficial, has made a significant impact on their communities. The Amal Clooney Award is open to any young woman between 11 and 30 and is open to both those who have and have not been beneficiaries of The Prince’s Trust Group.  More information can be found at

Prince’s Trust International is committed to helping young people of any background, facing any challenge that prevents them from living their light. Through its partnership with Amal Clooney, the charity aims to tell the positive story of young women worldwide.

Amal Clooney is a barrister 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 has previously served as a senior advisor to Kofi Annan when he was the UN’s Envoy on Syria. Amal was recently appointed to the UK Attorney General’s expert panel on public international law. Prior to joining the London Bar, Amal worked in The Hague, and is also admitted to the New York Bar.

Amal and George Clooney joined The Prince of Wales for a dinner celebrating The Prince’s Trust at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 12th March.

Group Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust, Dame Martina Milburn DCVO CBE, says: “Through the work of the Prince’s Trust Group around the world, we see every day the struggles and the triumphs of women everywhere. 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.”

How to enter:

This award is open globally to individuals identifying as women between 11 and 30 years old on the date of March 15th 2020.  Candidates may put themselves forward for an award, or be nominated by someone who can vouch for their story.

Nominees will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Inspirational: highlighting how the candidate is a shining example to the rest of the world
  • Impactful: demonstrating that they are change-makers within their community and have made a difference to those around them
  • Sustainable: showing how their impact has made a long-term and sustainable difference
  • Life-changing: demonstrating the positive change they have made to their own life and to those around them

Candidates or nominators should send their application to with their statement in 500 words or fewer.  Applications over this length will not be considered.

Nominations are open until 31st December 2019 and shortlisting will begin in January 2020.  Shortlisted candidates will be notified and may be asked to provide further references.  Candidates and nominators consent for their details to be held by Prince’s Trust International until March 31st 2020.