End Violence Against Women

One in three women will be impacted by sexual or physical violence in their lifetime

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread human rights violations in the world with 1 in 3 women experiencing sexual or physical violence in their lifetime. ​

Intimate partner violence does not discriminate, and can affect anyone; regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, income or religion. What’s more, domestic violence has historically been a taboo subject. ​

Since 2004 we’ve contributed more than US$91 million globally to support awareness, education and the development and implementation of prevention and direct service programmes. Collaborating with NGOs around the world to help end violence against women and girls. ​

But there’s still more to do. Together we must speak out for survivors because silence hurts.

If you would like to join other survivors in sharing your experience please visit The Voices of No More

It doesn’t have to be like this, together we can help

Breaking the silence around gender-based violence, in collaboration with our global charity partner NO MORE this video aims to shine a light on the controlling and abusive behaviour designed to destroy self-esteem and a woman’s power using appearance and makeup as a form of manipulation.

This behaviour is frequently part of or a precursor to physical violence. The words in the video are based on real experiences of survivors of domestic violence, and signposts to where those suffering abuse in any form can go to seek help.

“Violence against women and girls is still then of the most widespread human rights violations in the world. Everyone should have the right and freedom to choose how they want to style themselves and whether they want their partner to be part of those decisions. Makeup should be fun and empowering, a form of self-expression, style and confidence. It should never be manipulated by fear or control. If you or someone you know is suffering abuse, please know you are never alone.”

Angela Cretu, Avon CEO

Our 2023 research was designed to understand the extent to which women feel their partners have control over their appearance, makeup, clothing and self-expression. The insights shed light on this aspect of intimate partner relationships and how makeup can be used as a form of dominance and control. This research also explored the positive and empowering aspects of make up for women and highlighted that…

The research was conducted online by Censuswide on 7173 Women (UK, Italy, Philippines, Turkey, Poland, Romania and South Africa) between 14th – 21st September 2023.

For more information please contact: AvonTeam@redconsultancy.com

Gender-Based Violence Protocol for employees

Our Gender-Based Violence (GBV) protocol builds on our commitment to those affected by GBV. We believe that no associate should be held back due to experiencing GBV. If one of our employees is experiencing DV, our message is that we’re here for you. ​

We’re committed to raising awareness of GBV, so that all associates have access to support, resources and education. Further, we stand against all discrimination against survivors of GBV, including existing employment and career development.

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#SpeakOut: Resources and information

Worried about yourself or someone that you know?

Gender-based violence can happen to anyone.  Although every situation is unique, there are common signs to look out for and places that you can go for support. 

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Supporting GBV survivors in Ukraine

As the devastating war in Ukraine continues, we’re proud to announce that the Avon Foundation is donating $160,000 to UNFPA in Ukraine, to support survivors of gender-based violence. The project aims to improve access to services for GBV survivors and those at risk of GBV by establishing four Day Counselling Centres, which will provide GBV survivors with specialised psychological assistance, social support and legal counselling.

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