Avon Foundation for Women President Carol Kurzig  Named One of Women’s eNews’ “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” 

New York, May 7, 2014 ─ At the  Women’s eNews’ 13th Annual 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Gala on May 6, Avon Foundation for Women President Carol Kurzig was named one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century,” for her work leading the largest corporate-affiliated philanthropy focused on issues that matter most to women, breast cancer and domestic violence. 

The Women's eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st Century 2014 celebrated the work of 21 leaders who continue to make positive changes in the lives of women and girls. Each honoree demonstrates the power and impact of carrying forward the insistence on equality for women and girls. Many of this year’s leaders work globally to advocate for women and girls because they believe that women's rights are human rights.  

“I accept this honor from Women’s eNews with great appreciation on behalf of our small, but dedicated and talented team, at the Avon Foundation for Women,” said Kurzig. “I also have tremendous gratitude to Avon Products for its commitment to the Foundation’s work and to empowering women economically across the globe.”

Women’s eNews solicits nominations annually from those in a variety of fields whose work and leadership improves the lives of women and girls. Nominations are submitted from its readers, donors, and allies. From this pool of nominations, 20 female honorees and one male honoree are selected. Along with Kurzig, honorees this year include Melanne Verveer, executive director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown University, Elyse Cherry, CEO of Boston Community Capital (BCC), Kenneth B. Morris Jr. Founder & President of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI), Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, co-founder and executive director of MomsRising.org, Paola Gianturco, a photojournalist, and Carmen Barroso , regional director of International Planned Parenthood Federation-Western Hemisphere Region.

Kurzig, who was named one of “Seven Who Carry Our Health Forward,” was honored for the Avon Foundation’s work in improving women’s health and wellbeing around the world. The Avon Foundation for Women has long supported breast cancer research, education and access to care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. In 2004, when Kurzig joined the Foundation, she was instrumental in launching the Foundation’s second cause, domestic violence, with the Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. The Avon Foundation leads Avon global philanthropy in more than 55 countries, where more than 6 million Avon Representatives support the Foundation’s causes by selling cause products. Through the support of Avon Representatives and millions of donors to Avon events, such as the U.S. Avon Walks for Breast Cancer,  and the global Walk Around the World for Breast Cancer events, Avon global philanthropy has donated more than $957 million to support thousands of NGO’s and programs to improve women’s health and safety. 

Recent Avon Foundation efforts include leading the new Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance, and continuing the important work of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women with the launch of the new Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protections Initiative. The Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance consists of more than 20 breast cancer agencies and 6 funders working to better assist those with Metastatic Breast Cancer and also to better understand this form of breast cancer. The Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protections Initiative will provide immediate emergency financial assistance to victims of extreme forms of gender violence around the globe. It will also launch new Justice Institutes on Gender-Based Violence in up to six countries over the next year.  The Institutes will provide  specialized  training to  help ensure that existing laws achieve their promise to secure safety and justice for victims and hold  abusers accountable.

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 2013, Avon global philanthropy, led by the Avon Foundation, has donated more than $957 million in more than 50 countries for causes most important to women. Today, Avon philanthropy focuses on funding 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. Visit www.avonfoundation.org for more information.

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