4th Annual Avon Communications Awards

The Avon Foundation for Women announced the winners of the Fourth Annual Avon Communications Awards: Speaking Out About Violence Against Women, concluding a month filled with events in recognition of International Women’s Day. The five winning global organizations were recognized for their outstanding communications campaigns that are helping change communities, policies, institutions, and behaviors to end violence against women and children.

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The winners of the Avon Communications Awards were selected by an international panel of judges from nearly 400 pieces of material submitted to the Communications X-Change, a digital communications library. The online tool enables organizations and advocates throughout the world to find, share, and learn from the best communications material focused on ending violence against women and children. Launched in 2012, the Communications X-Change was developed and is managed by Futures Without Violence and funded by the Avon Foundation for Women.

The winning organizations, which will each receive a $5,000 US Avon Foundation grant to fund the continuation of their work, are:

Innovative Campaign Award

The Innovative Campaign Award recognizes innovative and original approaches to presenting messages about ending violence against women and girls through the best information technology, including mobile technology.

Winner: "The Make It Our Business Campaign" by Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children, Canada
Communication medium: Videos

‘Make It Our Business’ provides information and education in the form of innovative, digital stories to help employers and other workplace stakeholders prevent and respond to domestic violence in the workplace.

Break The Silence Award

The Break the Silence Award recognizes communications campaigns that effectively encourage people to step in to help or speak out against violence against women to promote a shift in attitudes or practices at the individual, family, or community level.

Winner: "Rape is a Crime: Report It, Prevent It!" by Lawyers Without Borders, Haiti
Communication medium: Poster

'Rape is a Crime: Report It, Prevent It!' is a comic book that uses vivid graphics and a realistic storyline to draw the reader in. The communications tool also informs victims of the resources available to them, and walks them through the steps of reporting a rape and holding abusers accountable.

Community Change Award

The Community Change Award recognizes campaigns on ending violence against women and girls that involve the participation of both women and men, or girls and boys, to develop solutions to violence and discrimination against women and girls.

Winner: "Men as Partners" by Coexist Initiative, Kenya
Communication medium: Children's Book

'Men as Partners' aims to build competencies, raise awareness, and provide information to boys and men to help eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls in Kenya, where the problem is an epidemic. The material seeks to transform men and boys from perpetrators of violence into partners in the elimination of violence against women and girls.

Global Award For Excellence In Communication

The Global Award for Excellence in Communication recognizes a campaign from an international NGO in the violence against women arena that is global, multi-year, and creates approaches and messages that may be easily adapted in other countries.

Winner: "Guide to Girl-Centered Advocacy & the International Day of the Girl 2014: Girl Leader Blog Series" by Let Girls Lead, US
Communication medium: Booklet

For the International Day of the Girl 2014, Let Girls Lead teamed up with the Huffington Post on a blog series written by girls around the world. The blog posts highlight issues facing girls and what they are doing to advocate for change. Additionally, their ‘Guide to Girl-Centered Advocacy’ is a full capacity-building curriculum that engages girls and their allies in strategic advocacy to improve girls' lives around the world.

Outstanding Government Communication Award

The Outstanding Government Communication Award recognizes a Government or its responsible Ministry or Department, whether national, regional or local, for communications efforts and campaigns to end violence against women and girls. It highlights the essential role that Governments play to end discrimination and violence against women and girls—awards are given to the NGO partner organization working with the Government.

Winner: "Prevention of Violence Against Women - Leading Change in the Victorian Local Government Sector" by the Municipal Association of Victoria, Australia
Communication medium: Social media, mobile application and video

The Municipal Association of Victoria developed an innovative booklet that showcases some of the work occurring in the Victorian local government sector, and outlines why this level of government is so important to the prevention of global gender-based violence.