Celebrated for more than a century, March 8th is a day when people around the world pause to recognize the progress made in the advancement of women. As “the company for women,” this day holds a special place at Avon. It is a time for us to both appreciate and renew our commitment to improving the lives of women globally. Behind every lipstick we sell is a woman working to provide a better life for herself and her family. And the cause-related work we do around breast cancer and domestic violence improves the health and safety of women and their families.
Since launching our global Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program in 2004, Avon has become a leader in the fight to end violence against women. Last week, Avon kicked-off a month-long series of events in support of our domestic violence programs at a congressional briefing in Washington, D.C. There, Avon Foundation for Women President Carol Kurzig presented the findings of a new U.S. report for the National Network to End Domestic Violence, funded by the Avon Foundation.
In Mexico, the team is kicking off the “Tú lo haces: #Mujeresquesuman” campaign, aimed at recognizing the female’s role within Mexican society. And teams in the U.K., Brazil and other markets around the world are launching fund-raising campaigns with our Empowerment Bracelet.
Next week, I will join corporate leaders, experts and advocates at a business roundtable event at the White House to present Avon’s vision and support for ending violence against women across the globe.
Later that week, Fergie will join me and our partners at Vital Voices to launch The Institute on Violence Against Women, a new initiative of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women in cooperation with the U.S. State Department.
I am so proud of the work we do at Avon. I encourage each of you to pause and reflect on the impact we can have together. Together we can change lives.