Our History of Support for the Avon Promise to Help End Violence Against Women and Girls
Violence against women is an epidemic: one in three women worldwide will be a victim in her lifetime. Intimate partner violence does not discriminate and it can affect anyone, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion.
What’s more, domestic violence has historically been a taboo subject, but in 2004, the Avon Foundation for Women set out to change that, launching the Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. Speak Out aimed to bring awareness to this issue, to educate, and to develop and implement prevention and direct service programs. Since 2004, Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women have contributed more than $60 million globally to support these goals. While that is an impressive effort, there is much more to do.
In 2017, the Avon Foundation also funded the £1 million Avon Shelter Grant Fund in four Avon markets. Click here for the list of grantees.
In February 2018, Avon and the Avon Foundation announced its recommitment to this cause by launching the Avon Promise to Help End Violence Against Women and Girls.
We invite you to learn more below, and to join us in our efforts to eradicate violence against women and girls once and for all.
Avon Promise to Help End Violence Against Women and Girls
The Avon Foundation funds programs to eradicate gender-based violence primarily through its Voices Against Violence initiative, featuring:
The Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence, a collaboration among the U.S. Department of State, Vital Voices Global Partnership, Avon Products, Inc. and Avon Foundation for Women. Each Justice Institute is a multi-day interactive training program, bringing together those who work closely with domestic violence victims: judges, court officers, prosecutors, police officers, and representatives of government agencies and non-governmental organizations.
The goal of each Institute is to improve victim protection efforts and the criminal justice response to domestic violence through a trauma-informed approach. The Justice Institute is designed to ensure that in-country existing domestic violence and sexual assault laws better protect victims of domestic and gender violence, from a trauma-informed lens.
Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women have already funded the following Institutes:
- 2014: Guadalajara Mexico and Katmandu Nepal
- 2015: São Paulo Brazil; Delhi India; and, Johannesburg South Africa
- 2016: Tucumán Argentina; Bogotá Colombia; Mumbai India; Manila Philippines; and, Pretoria South Africa
- 2017: Toluca Mexico; Brasilia, São Paulo and Fortaleza Brazil; Santiago Chile; Bucharest Romania; and, Medellin Colombia
- 2018: Belfast Northern Ireland; João Pessoa, Brazil; Neuquén, Argentina; more to come later this year.
In March 2017, in honor of International Women’s Day, the Avon Foundation for Women announced $1 Million in new funding for 10 new Justice Institutes in 2017 and 2018.