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.

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.

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Avon Foundation VAWG Advisory Board

We know we can’t do this alone. Change can only happen when the issue of relationship violence is addressed at every level of society.

The Avon Foundation created the Violence Against Women and Girls Advisory Board to work with global leaders and local partners around the world to ensure that women and girls, the men in their lives, and their communities as a whole, are aware, informed and supported in building a world where women and girls can live free from violence. 

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Supporting Women Through the stand4her Programme