Avon Media Centre http://www.avonworldwide.com/ Avon Media Centre Introducing a unique white Oud accord fragrance /global/news/far-away-splendoria-avon-fragance Journey to the unforgettable and immerse yourself in the hypnotic decadence of the Middle East with Far Away Splendoria. For the very first time, experience a modern, brighter interpretation of the liquid gold of Middle Eastern perfumery - Oud, which is kilo for kilo more expensive than gold! Our new Far Away Splendoria is a one-of-a-kind scent from the bestselling fragrance brand worldwide*. While traditional Oud is considered dark and masculine, we’ve created an exclusive White Oud accord** for Far Away Splendoria, giving this rare Middle Eastern ingredient a fresh twist. Just as captivating as traditional Oud, but with a more feminine and sensual edge. Inspired by the golden lands and hypnotic decadence of Arabian flowers, this fragrance was crafted by a talented trio of perfumers renowned for their Middle East expertise: Nelly Hachem-Ruiz, Nicolas Beaulieu and Julien Rasquinet. This luminous White Oud accord heart is complemented by the rich fruitiness of black splendour plums, a bouquet of white floral gardenias and finished with warm, creamy vanilla. Describing the scent, the perfumers said: “Far Away Splendoria is a perfume of pure luxury and mystery. It’s a mesmerising escape into the splendour of the Middle East landscapes. It is intriguing, sophisticated, and luxurious.” Far Away Splendoria is the newest, most glamourous member to join the original Avon Far Away family. With their rich blends and luscious scent profiles, the unforgettable Far Away fragrances spark possibilities and spritz you away to all things glamour. To find out more about our Far Away Splendoria, or to buy or sell Avon, check out Avon in your location . Why not continue your adventure with other fragrances from the range? Try Far Away Beyond to be tempted by the opulent intensity of upcycled vanilla or embody the iridescent Northern Lights with Far Away Aurora. Learn more about our fragrances here . * As measured by volume or units sold in 2020. ** Unique ingredients blended to create a one of a kind scent, exclusive to Avon.   Mon, 13 Jun 2022 04:00:00 GMT /global/news/far-away-splendoria-avon-fragance What Does LGBTQIA+ Stand for? A Guide to the Letters of the Acronym /global/news/pride-month-lgbtqia-guide Sipelelo Lityi, the Head of Avon's Pride ARG shares his thoughts on the LGBTQIA+ acronym This Pride month, we take time to reflect on the meaning of the LGBTQIA+ acronym and its importance to the LQBTQIA+ community. The LGBTQIA+ acronym is used to describe a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Sexual orientation* is a person’s physical, emotional, and romantic attraction to another person — for instance, being, gay, bisexual or straight. Gender identity* describes a person's internal sense of being male, female, some combination of male and female, or neither male nor female. It is important to remember that gender identity is not determined by one’s sex assigned at birth and sex and gender are not the same thing. “L” stands for lesbian*: a woman who is sexually, emotionally or romantically attracted to other women. “G” stands for gay*: a person who is physically, emotionally or romantically attracted to people within the same gender. “B” stands for bisexual*: a person who is sexually, emotionally or romantically attracted to people of one's own gender identity and of other gender identities. “T” stands for transgender*: a person whose gender identity differs from the sex the person had or was identified as having at birth. “Q” stands for queer*: A person whose sexual, emotional or romantic attraction is not limited to people of a particular gender identity or sexual orientation. It is also used as an umbrella term that includes people who have non-binary or gender-fluid identities. Non-binary* refers to a person who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that is neither entirely male nor entirely female. Gender fluid* refers to a person whose gender identity is not fixed or changes over time. Genderqueer* refers to a person who does not subscribe to conventional gender distinctions but identifies with neither, both, or a combination of male and female genders. Gender non-conforming* refers to a person whose behaviour or appearance does not conform to prevailing cultural and social expectations about what is appropriate to their gender. “Q” can also stand for questioning*: Questioning is a term used to describe a person who is exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity. “I” stands for intersex*: Intersex is a term a person may use when they have both male and female sex characteristics. These characteristics include (but are not limited to) genitalia, hormones, chromosomes, and reproductive organs. “A” stands for asexual*: a term used to describe a person who lacks sexual attraction or desire for other people. “A” can also stand for Ally*: An ally is someone who stands up for, supports and encourages the people around them and has worked to develop an understanding of LGBTQIA issues. “+”: The “+” sign is a symbol that represents members of the community who identify with a sexual orientation or gender identity that isn’t included within the LGBTQIA acronym. As we celebrate Pride, let us continue to strive to understand each other’s experiences, and to educate ourselves where we might have gaps in our understanding. Looking forward to an amazing Pride-month! Source: *Merriam Webster Online: https://www.merriam-webster.com/ Thu, 02 Jun 2022 04:00:00 GMT /global/news/pride-month-lgbtqia-guide Management Today awards CEO Angela Cretu Trailblazer of the Year /global/news/angela-cretu-management-today-awards- We’re thrilled to announce that our CEO Angela Cretu has been recognised as Trailblazer of the Year by Management Today in their 2022 awards, in recognition of Angela and Avon’s leadership in pioneering social impact through our business model, supporting women’s causes and transforming Avon to support our communities’ changing needs. Purpose at heart Since 2004, with the Avon Foundation for Women, we've contributed more than US$80 million globally to work to end gender-based violence, which affects 1 in 3 women. Further, as part of our wider #SpeakOut movement, under Angela’s leadership we launched a Gender-Based Violence Protocol and training for associates, setting out how we support employees experiencing abuse, including signposting support services and access to paid leave. Angela is also passionate about our other core cause, supporting women affected by breast cancer and educating about the disease. One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime; however with early detection, it has a survival rate of 90%. Over the last three decades, with the Avon Foundation for Women, we’ve donated more than $939 million to breast cancer causes, educating 180 million people about the disease, and funding breast health screening for over 16.4 million women. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 2021, we used our digital retail presence to raise breast health awareness, including signposting to support from UK charity partner, Coppafeel! To mark our 135th birthday in September 2021, Angela was instrumental in our making a $1.35 million pledge to women’s causes around the world, commemorating our long-standing work championing women and adding to the $1.1 billion that we’ve already raised and donated. Empowering entrepreneurs Our research throughout the pandemic has suggested that over half of women would prefer to work for themselves to gain the flexibility that their employers are still not offering[1]. Economic empowerment is hard-wired into our business KPIs – if a Rep’s beauty business grows, our business grows. In September 2021, we launched Avon Rewards, a new compensation model developed in collaboration with Representatives, creating an even more rewarding and fulfilling experience with a truly compelling earnings opportunity, starting from the first sale of any product. This provides a more personalised, high touch approach to the needs of Representatives, whether they are new to Avon and require greater support, would like to grow their business or are a sales leader looking to inspire their team. Today, we sell three lipsticks ever second around the world and sells seven bottles of fragrance every second – more than any other brand. By supporting women’s entrepreneurship as well as our purpose work, together we’re showing that a better world for women is a better world for all. [1] Research conducted by Censuswide and commissioned by Avon on 2,013 women between 30th June – 1st July 2021. Censuswide abides by and employs members of the Market Research Society which is based on the ESOMAR principles. Thu, 12 May 2022 04:00:00 GMT /global/news/angela-cretu-management-today-awards- Sexual Violence as a Weapon of War: Women’s Hidden Battle During Conflict /global/news/speak-out-against-sexual-violence Warning: The following post contains descriptions of sexual violence. With the horrifying mounting body of evidence emerging about Ukrainian women being raped during the conflict with Russia, we are once again reminded of the brutality of war. As one example, according to one news report, around 25 girls and women aged 14-24 were systematically raped in the basement of one house in Bucha. 1 As warfare rages on and the violence escalates, women’s bodies have become part of the battlefield. Systematic rape must no longer be dismissed as an inevitable by-product of war, but instead as a defining and deliberate tactic of modern conflicts that must be stopped. That’s why NO MORE and Avon have teamed up to increase awareness and engage with leaders and organisations to support survivors and prevent violence.   Here’s what you need to know for starters: 1) The Magnitude of the Problem is Hard to Fully Know: We know it’s bad, but reliable global statistics on the magnitude of sexual violence during conflict do not exist. One reliable cross-national study found that wartime rape was significant in 62% of all major civil wars between 1980-2009. 2 Due to shame, fear and other obstacles, the UN estimates that in conflict zones, for every rape that is reported, between 10 and 20 rapes are not. 3 2) Yet, Understanding is Increasing: The issue has been progressively better understood over the last two decades. The atrocities during the conflict in the former Yugoslavia and the Rwandan genocide in particular have helped to shed some light. An estimated 60,000 women were raped in the three-year Bosnian conflict 4 and up to 250,000 in the hundred-day Rwandan genocide. 5 In recent years, reports of sexual violence have been documented in conflicts in Bangladesh 6, Myanmar 7, Colombia 8, Ethiopia 9, South Sudan 10, and many more. 3) It’s Not Only Rape: Conflict-related sexual violence has become almost synonymous with rape, however sexual violence takes a number of different forms in conflict and post-conflict settings. Other common forms of violence include sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, sexual slavery, and forced marriage including of minors. 11 In addition to the scourge of conflict-related sexual violence, research has also found that domestic violence against women increases when conflict breaks out. 12 13 14 15 4) No One is Immune from Becoming a Victim: Sexual violence can be perpetrated against all groups of people, in all parts of the world, no matter race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, and gender – including women and men, boys and girls. Though conflict-related sexual violence against men and boys is widespread, men and boys are even less likely to report it due to enormous taboo around the topic. 16 5) The Impact is Vast and Long-Lasting - The effects of sexual violence are devastating to individuals and damaging to whole communities. Physical consequences include unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections that “leave women scarred, disabled, unable to conceive and deemed unsuitable for marriage”. 17 The resulting psychological trauma can include distress, shame, isolation and guilt, sleeping and eating disorders, depression, and a number of other behavioural disorders. It is not only the victims that are affected - partners, children and other family members also experience the trauma of guilt or shame. 18 The physical and emotional consequences are often compounded by the loss of socio-economic stability and opportunity. 19 We can be active bystanders and raise our voices to speak out against sexual violence in conflict. Simply by sharing this with your friends and family you can be part of a movement to raise awareness and help to signpost vital support services for people who need them. Join us and raise your voice. If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual violence, go to the NO MORE Global Directory and find support services in more than 205 countries, including Ukraine. We hope you will join us in speaking out and supporting ongoing efforts to stop conflict-related sexual violence, during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and beyond. Learn more about this issue and what you can do to help. By Natalie Deacon - AVON Foundation and Pamela Zaballa - NO MORE Foundation. Endnotes 1. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-61071243 | 2. Dara Kay Cohen, “Explaining Rape during Civil War: Cross-National Evidence (1980–2009)”, American Political Science Review, Vol. 107, No. 3, 2013, pp. 461–477 | 3. https://www.warchild.org.uk/news/hidden-victims-sexual-violence-war | 4. https://www.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:1359249/FULLTEXT01.pdf | 5. https://www.un.org/en/preventgenocide/rwanda/supporting-survivors.shtml | 6. https://brill.com/view/book/9789004389380/BP000007.xml | 7. https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-022-13038-7 | 8. https://www.ecchr.eu/en/case/sexual-violence-in-the-colombian-conflict/ | 9. https://www.amnestyusa.org/reports/tigrayan-forces-attacks-on-civilians-in-amhara-towns/ | 10. https://www.ohchr.org/sites/default/files/2022-03/A_HRC_49_CRP_4.pdf | 11. https://www.svri.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2016-01-14/A%20research%20agenda%20for%20sexual%20violence%20in%20humanitarian%2C%20conflict%20and%20post-conflict%20settings..pdf | 12. World Bank, Global Monitoring Report: Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, (Washington, DC, 2007) | 13. https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/4/2/e003644 | 14. Jose V Gallegos and Italo A Gutierrez, “The Effect of Civil Conflict on Domestic Violence: The Case of Peru,” working paper, August 3, 2011, available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1904417 | 15. Lori Heise and Claudia Garcia-Moreno (2002), “Violence by Intimate Partners,” in Etienne G. Krug et al, eds., World Report on Violence and Health (Geneva: WHO, 2002), p. 100; | 16. https://www.msf.org/sexual-violence | 17. PLoS Medicine Editors. Rape in war is common, devastating, and too often ignored. PLoS Med. 2009;6(1):e21. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000021 | 18. https://international-review.icrc.org/sites/default/files/irrc-894-sexual-violence-in-armed-conflict.pdf | 19. https://international-review.icrc.org/sites/default/files/irrc-894-sexual-violence-in-armed-conflict.pdf Thu, 28 Apr 2022 04:00:00 GMT /global/news/speak-out-against-sexual-violence Transform lips with every swipe and achieve ULTRA colour, shine & feel /global/news/ultra-colour-lip-gloss-avon-transform-lips Want lips that look and feel lustrous without the hassle of a sticky lip gloss? The search is over! Perfect your pout with our NEW Ultra Colour Lip Gloss. Formulated with 3D-Light reflective pigments to enhance lip contours as well as pomegranate and grapefruit extracts for an uplifting boost, this gloss keeps lips looking full and feeling enriched. In fact, 9 in 10 (92%) of those who tried it agreed it made lips feel as good as they look*. Designed to be worn alone as a clear shimmer to allow your natural lip to show through or layered on top of lipstick for a more dramatic effect, the buildable colour allows you to go from a soft, natural look to high impact in a flash. What’s even better, our Ultra Colour Lip Gloss includes an XL wand that follows the natural curve of your lips to enhance and define contours with colour and shine. 90% agreed it made their lips look fuller*. With a creamy, weightless application that melts into lips, finally you don’t have to comprise on comfort for colour. Enriched with lip care nourishing complex, this unique formula contains a blend of natural oils and conditioning agents including Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, and coconut oil, leaving lips feeling cushiony soft, nourishing lips with every application. What more could you want from a lip-gloss? Available in harmonious hues for all skin tones, the 15 gorgeous shades span 3 luxurious finishes: Sheer: A hint of colour and mirror-like shine Creamy: Ultra-rich colour and high impact shine Shimmer: Luminous hues and holographic sparkle To find out more about our Ultra Colour Lip Gloss, or to buy or sell Avon, check out Avon in your location.   Thu, 28 Apr 2022 04:00:00 GMT /global/news/ultra-colour-lip-gloss-avon-transform-lips