The Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence is an innovative training program within Voices Against Violence: The Gender-Based Violence Initiative – a public-private partnership between Vital Voices Global Partnership, the U.S. Department of State, and the Avon Foundation for Women – which aims to facilitate effective, coordinated criminal justice responses to addressing violence against women in countries around the world.
June 6, 2017 – The Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence launched its first Justice Institute in Chile in the city of Santiago today. This groundbreaking initiative convenes judges, court officers, prosecutors, law enforcement officers, representatives of government agencies and non-governmental service providers with the aim of making the laws keep their promise. Through its multi-disciplinary training style, the Institute fosters collaboration between allied professionals and seeks to improve both victim protection efforts and criminal justice responses to violence against women in Chile.
The Justice Institutes represent a partnership between Vital Voices, the U.S. Department of State, and the Avon Foundation for Women – the world’s largest corporate-affiliated philanthropy focused on causes that matter most to women. In addition to Chile, Avon has funded and launched Institutes in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, India, Nepal, Mexico, Philippines, and South Africa.
Sebastian Abad, Avon Chile General Manager stated “We are happy to be able to organize the first Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence in Chile, supporting the generation of new instances of discussion, training and joint work, in order to generate new tools to support women who are faced with situations of violence throughout their lives. This takes into account that violence is one of the main barriers to the social and economic empowerment of women.”
The Justice Institute in Santiago, Chile launched with a media event on June 6, 2017, and is followed by a three-day training from June 6 through June 8. “Here at the Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence in Chile,” says Nicole Hauspurg, Program Manager for Human Rights at Vital Voices Global Partnership, “we will work collaboratively with judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, services providers and advocates to help facilitate holistic responses to violence against women, centered on offender accountability and – above all – victim safety.”
“We are learning that although each country faces different challenges, Justice Institute participants all around the world are reporting a common barrier: existing laws are not understood or consistently enforced, often leaving women unprotected and their abusers unaccountable,” says Christine Jaworsky, Director, Avon Foundation for Women. “While we have a lot of work ahead of us, I am inspired by what these Institutes have already accomplished, and the myriad effects for years to come.”
In total, Avon has invested more than $3.2 Million to launch 10 Institutes in eight countries through 2016. The Justice Institutes underscore Avon’s ongoing commitment to ending violence against women across the world, and are an integral part of Avon’s global Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program which launched in 2004. Since 2004, Avon has contributed more than $60 million to support awareness, education, direct services and prevention programs aimed at stopping gender violence in nearly 50 countries.
With this in mind, Jaworsky stated: “We must make both women and men aware of gender-based violence because this is not just a woman’s issue, it is a matter that affects everyone and it is important to provide useful tools to those who suffer from violence to eradicate this serious problem. Together we can create solutions that make a difference not only in the most alarming entities, but in every corner of the country.”
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Avon Foundation for Women
Avon is a global corporate leader in philanthropy focused on causes that matter most to women. Through 2016, Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women have contributed over $1 billion in over 50 countries. Avon global philanthropy programs focus on funding breast cancer research and advancing access to quality care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. The company’s global markets sell special products to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer and domestic violence, conduct hundreds of events for these causes, and educate women around the world through its global army of nearly six million Avon Representatives.
About Vital Voices Global Partnership
The leading non-governmental organization that identifies, invests in and brings visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities. Founded in 1997 by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the organization trains and mentors women leaders as agents of transformative change in economic development, human rights and political participation.
About Voices Against Violence: The Global Gender-Based Violence Initiative
A public-private partnership between Vital Voices, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, and the Avon Foundation to address all forms of gender-based violence through short-term financial support to victims of extreme violence who are in urgent need for technical assistance and training.
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For Further Information, please contact: Christine.Jaworsky@avon.com