Avon Foundation for Women Awards $60,000 Grant to Atlanta’s Partnership Against Domestic Violence

Grant is part of Avon’s new $1 million commitment to end violence against women in honor of its year-long 125th anniversary celebration

 

Atlanta, GA – January 25, 2011 – At the kick-off of Avon’s year-long 125th anniversary celebration, Avon Chairman and CEO Andrea Jung awarded a $60,000 Avon Foundation for Women grant to Atlanta-based Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV) to support its services for domestic violence victims and their families in the Atlanta community. The grant is part of the $1 million Avon Global Believe Fund that will fund a pioneering global effort to support women’s domestic violence shelters and agencies in 16 cities around the world. Jung and award-winning actress and Avon Global Ambassador Reese Witherspoon announced the Global Believe Fund in Atlanta during the first stop of Avon’s 16-city global “Believe” tour to celebrate the company’s heritage and belief in its mission to empower women. 

 

The Avon Foundation for Women will partner with the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) to identify and fund an international network of outstanding nonprofit organizations to help them provide critical life-saving services for victims of domestic violence and their families. This global effort also aims to draw attention to the alarming lack of adequate services for women and children who are victims of domestic violence in communities everywhere.

 

This new grants brings the total Avon Foundation grants awarded to the Partnership Against Domestic Violence since 1998 to $500,000. In the state of Georgia from 2000 through 2010, Avon philanthropy has provided nearly $19 million to breast cancer and domestic violence agencies.

 

PADV’s Chief Executive Officer, Cathy Willis Spraetz, said: “Avon’s 12 years of support have enabled us to provide a lifeline for more than 130,000 women who called our crisis line and to more than 8,000 who entered one of our two safe houses. PADV would have been unable to provide our comprehensive services without the stellar support of Avon. I personally want to thank Avon for continuing to ‘Speak Out’ against domestic violence.”

 

The Avon Foundation for Women’s Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program supports domestic violence awareness, education and prevention programs, as well as direct services for victims and their families. Through the end of 2010 in the United States, the Avon Foundation has donated more than $23 million to support awareness, education, direct service and prevention programs aimed at reducing domestic violence.

 

Avon’s new $1 million commitment is in addition to the company’s previously announced financial donations to other major partners in global efforts to stop violence against women including: the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women; Vital Voices and the US State Department to establish the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women; and Cornell University Law School for the creation of the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice.

 

“As the company for women, Avon feels an obligation and responsibility to play a leadership role in helping to improve the lives of women around the world, and we truly believe we can make a difference,” said CEO Andrea Jung. “Avon is the largest engine of economic opportunity for women on earth, serving more than six million Avon Representatives in over 100 countries. The Avon Foundation for Women is also the largest corporate-affiliated philanthropy focused on issues that matter most to women, and Avon global philanthropy has donated more than $800 million to improve women’s health and safety around the world.”

 

Announcing the Global Believe Fund in Atlanta, Avon Global Ambassador Reese Witherspoon commented: “I am so proud to be working with Avon – a company that is on the forefront of women’s issues around the world. Approximately one in three women globally is likely to experience some type of violence in her lifetime. It's a sad fact, and I believe we all have an obligation to address this vitally important issue, one of the most prevalent yet underfunded problems in the world."

 

“Avon and the National Network to End Domestic Violence aim to draw attention to the disturbing lack of adequate services for women and children who are victims of domestic violence in communities around the world," says Carol Kurzig, president of the Avon Foundation for Women. "The women’s shelter movement plays a critical leadership role in the global effort to end violence against women and their children."

 

About the Avon Foundation for Women
The Avon Foundation for Women, the world’s largest corporate-affiliated philanthropy focused on issues that matter most to women, was founded in 1955 to improve the lives of women. Through 2010, Avon global philanthropy has donated more than $800 million in more than 50 countries for causes most important to women. Today, Avon philanthropy focuses its funding on breast cancer research and access to care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. Avon also responds generously to provide support for relief and recovery efforts in times of major natural disasters and emergencies. 

 

About Avon
Avon, the company for women, is a leading global beauty company, with over $10 billion in annual revenue. As the world's largest direct seller, Avon markets to women in more than 100 countries through approximately 6.2 million independent Avon Sales Representatives. Avon's product line includes beauty products, as well as fashion and home products, and features such well-recognized brand names as Avon Color, Anew, Skin-So-Soft, Advance Techniques, Avon Naturals, and Mark. Learn more about Avon and its products at www.avoncompany.com.

 


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