Today is International Women’s Day, a day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
We know that the most important driver of women’s empowerment is financial independence. According to the World Economic Forum, at our current rate women will not achieve gender parity with men until 2133. We, along with many others, think that’s too long to wait.
This International Women’s Day, people around the world are being invited to make a pledge and take a concrete step towards closing this gap and helping achieve gender parity more quickly.
One billion reasons to celebrate
In honour of International Women’s Day, in NYC today, Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women will proudly announce that across 50 countries $1 billion has been contributed to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through the Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program.
To date, the collective Avon efforts have educated nearly 175 million people about breast cancer and domestic violence, and served around 30 million people through grants and outreach programs.
This is an amazing achievement and something that makes us very proud. All the Avon family including Representatives and Customers alike have contributed to reaching this global milestone!
“Our Avon Representatives and their customers are at the heart of this $1 billion dollar achievement. Around the world, our Representatives have been selling fundraising products and raising critical awareness for these causes that touch the whole of our society and impact our mothers, sisters and friends. On behalf of Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women, we thank them.” – Cheryl Heinonen, President of the Avon Foundation for Women