Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women provide its global community of Representatives, Associates and customers in more that 50 countries with information, tools and resources to help them mobilize their networks to support causes they care about. The result is a global scope with tangible impact at the local level, often through partnerships, programming and advocacy efforts that support the global mission to help eradicate breast cancer and violence against women.
Avon South Africa supports UNIFEM's "Safer Cities" program in South Africa, and aims to reduce and prevent gender-based violence by developing urban spaces that promote the rights of women and advocating for public policies to recognize these rights. The Avon South Africa iThemba Crusade of Hope program partnered with Breast Health Foundation and Curves to launch the first Mobile Breast Health Education Unit in the Western Cape in 2010.
Avon Saudi Arabia partnered with Zahra Breast Cancer Association to organize the first female Avon Breast Cancer Walk in Saudi Arabia in 2010. More than 6,000 women walked proudly together to raise awareness for the breast cancer cause. To help raise awareness, Avon Saudi Arabia Associates and friends created the world's largest human pink ribbon.
Avon India reached more than 1.5 million people with a multi-part campaign in 2010 that was designed to chip away at the lack of awareness, which is believed to be the leading cause of death in breast cancer cases in India. Through the sale of pink ribbon products, Avon India raised more than $80,000 from 2008 to 2010, and the funds have been donated to the Cancer Patients Aid Association.
Avon Philippines partners with the Women's Crisis Center to support a domestic violence hotline. Avon's contributions have resulted in a 30 percent increase in phone counseling sessions and have built the capacity of WCC to provide legal and medical referrals and temporary shelter for victims.
Avon Taiwan offers free mammograms and breast cancer-related educational activities at Avon Service Centers nationwide to raise awareness about the disease and educate women about the importance of routine examinations.
Avon Croatia conducts a mobile mammography tour each year. In the first year, 77 percent of the 850 women examined received a mammogram for the first time. In 2011, the Avon Walk for Life launched in the capital city of Zagreb to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.
Avon Hungary hosted its 8th annual Walk for Life in 2010 in the heart of Budapest and broke previous attendance records, with 10,000 walkers participating, including more than 3,000 Avon Sales Leaders and Representatives. The walk was followed by a concert and family programs, and the event raised a total of U.S. $270,000 for the Hungarian Cancer League.
Avon Serbia conducts a "We Need Each Other" campaign and provides vouchers good for a free breast cancer screening for two people, so women can go for a screening with a friend, sister or mother.
Avon Slovenia collaborated with Women's Counseling Service to launch a mobile counseling service, helping counselors provide education and support to victims of domestic violence in remote areas of the country.
Avon Spain partners with Fundacion Mujer to develop educational materials to teach gender-equality in schools, and also supports Florencia Foundation, a local shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
Avon U.K. supports several annual events, including the Crazy Hats walk, which reached its first £1 million in 2010, including a donation from Avon of £20,000 to purchase a new van to support breast cancer patients in the local community of Northampton, where Avon is based. Avon UK Sales Representatives also hosted two Crocus Walks in aid of longstanding charity partner Breakthrough Breast Cancer. In 2010, Avon UK associates and their partner, Refuge, presented to members of Parliament a petition for increased support for domestic violence services.
Avon Brazil received government recognition for its support of the groundbreaking Maria da Penha Act, which classifies domestic violence as a human rights violation, provides a new measure of protection for women in danger and requires the active participation of law enforcement and justice officials. In the breast cancer area, Avon Brazil has also donated more than $5 million to Barretos Cancer hospital, beginning with funds for the hospital's first mobile mammography unit in 2002, and in 2010 more than $1 million was donated to help support the Avon Institute Breast Cancer Prevention Center.
Avon Chile financed a 2010 citizens' action program "Young Leaders For Non-violence Against Women," developed by Centro de Desarrollo para la Mujer Domos (Women's Development Center, DOMOS) through the first competitive grant awarded in Chile by the Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence/UNIFEM program.
Avon Mexico joined forces with the Expresion en Corto International Film Festival to host the Speak Out Against Domestic Violence Short Film Contest. In 2009 and 2010, the competition launched at the Cannes Film Festival, attracting 200+ films from more than 30 countries.