Organizations honored for innovative campaigns to prevent violence against women and girls worldwide

New York (March 12, 2015)—Today, the Avon Foundation for Women announced the finalists for the fourth annual Avon Communications Awards: Speaking Out About Violence Against Women in observance of International Women’s Day. The awards highlight positive solutions that help curb global gender-based violence.

Twenty global organizations have been named finalists for the prestigious awards, which recognize outstanding communications campaigns that are helping change communities, policies, institutions and behaviors to end violence against women. The five winning organizations will be chosen by an expert panel of judges and announced on March 23, 2015. Each will receive a US $5,000 grant from the Avon Foundation for Women to fund the continuation of their work.

“The Avon Communications Awards are shining a spotlight on issues that affect one in three women across the globe,” said Christine Jaworsky, program director at the Avon Foundation for Women. “Communication and education are critical elements to ignite bystanders into action, and without public awareness and education, bystanders often do not intervene to help when abuse is suspected or observed. We congratulate these finalists selected through a very competitive selection process with so many outstanding entries.”

The top finalists were selected from nearly 400 submissions to the Communications X-Change by 146 organizations in 42 countries, ranging from Argentina and Canada to Uganda and Pakistan.  The Communications X-Change is a digital global communications library that 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. The Communications X-Change was developed and is managed by Futures Without Violence and funded by the Avon Foundation for Women.

“From domestic violence to forced marriage, gender-based violence affects one in three women worldwide,” said Esta Soler, president and founder of Futures Without Violence. “These organizations are leveraging communications to help turn the tide and prevent violence against women and girls in every corner of the world.”

The finalists and descriptions of awards are included below:

The Innovative Campaign Award recognizes innovative and original approaches to presenting messages on ending violence against women and girls through the best information technology and/or mobile phones.

  • Asociación de Mujeres Jueces de Argentina (Argentina)
  • Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children (Canada)
  • Empowerhouse (United States)
  • Shine (Safer Homes in New Zealand Everyday) (New Zealand)

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

  • GBV Prevention Network at Raising Voices (Uganda)
  • Lawyers Without Borders (Haiti)
  • Refuge (United Kingdom)
  • Who Will Answer (United States)

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

  • Coexist Initiative (Kenya)
  • Ethnomedia (Pakistan)
  • Texas Council on Family Violence (United States)
  • UN Women Brazil (Brazil)

The X-Change Award for Outstanding Government Communication 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.

  • CARE Cambodia (Cambodia)
  • Municipal Association of Victoria (Australia)
  • New York City Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence (USA)
  • Tears Foundation (South Africa)

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.

  • Association for Progressive Communications (South Africa)
  • Cause Vision (Nepal and Cambodia)
  • International Development Law Organization (Afghanistan)
  • Let Girls Lead (United States)

Other global Avon Foundation projects include the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women, a collaboration of Vital Voices Global Partnership, the Avon Foundation for Women and the U.S. Department of State. The Global Partnership launched the Justice Institutes on Gender Based Violence in 2014 to provide training to NGOs, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges, and government-based service providers to support victims of extreme forms of gender-based violence. Since its launch, trainings have been held in Mexico and Nepal. Upcoming trainings will launch in Brazil, India, South Africa, and other countries.

For more information about Avon’s efforts to end violence against women around the world follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @avonfoundation #SpeakOut #IWD.


About Avon’s Speak Out Against Domestic Violence Program
The Avon Foundation for Women launched Speak Out Against Domestic Violence in 2004 to support domestic violence awareness, education, and prevention programs aimed at reducing domestic and gender violence, and to provide direct services for victims and their families. Through 2014, the Avon Foundation for Women has contributed nearly $40 million in the United States towards this goal. Globally, Avon supports efforts to end violence against women in nearly 50 countries by raising funds through special product sales and educating women around the world through its army of six million Avon Representatives. Visit for more information.

Futures Without Violence
For more than 30 years, Futures Without Violence has led the way and set the pace for innovative educational programs, public action campaigns, policy development, and leadership training designed to end violence against women, children, and families around the world. Providing leadership from offices in San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Boston, Futures Without Violence invests in the power of those affected by violence and brings individuals and communities together to create positive solutions. Instrumental in developing the landmark Violence Against Women Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1994, Futures Without Violence has established a Global Center for Leadership and Action that will engage today’s diverse national and global leaders, stand with survivors, and continue working to break the silence around gender-based violence.