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 programme. Speak Out aimed to bring awareness to this issue, to educate, and to develop and implement prevention and direct service programmes. Since 2004, Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women have contributed more than $60 million USD globally to support these goals. Whilst that is an impressive effort, there is much more to do.
With the support of the Avon Foundation, we have reiterated our recommitment to this cause by launching the Avon Promise to Help End Violence Against Women and Girls.
In recognition of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, Avon is calling on the world to #SpeakOutListenUp. Through fundraising, events and activities, Avon aims to empower survivors to speak out about their experiences – and to encourage the world to listen.
Supporting women through the Coronavirus pandemic
Domestic violence is set to increase through the pandemic. Avoiding public spaces and working remotely can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However it can put victims and survivors of domestic violence in potentially dangerous situations, trapped in homes with abusers, isolated from the people and the resources that could help them.
We are sharing information and guidance to explain the risks and where to go for help.
Global women's survey
Violence against women and girls is a silent epidemic. There remains a lack of awareness that it takes place, and a fear of speaking out. There is low understanding around what constitutes abusive behaviour and where women can go for help.
In 2018, we commissioned a survey of 14,400 women in fifteen countries. This survey presents a rare insight into women’s attitudes to gender relations, their perceptions of violence and its different forms, and of their attitudes towards various forms of violence.