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$60, 000 Avon Global Believe Fund Grant Awarded to Domestic Violence Agency in Argentina

Buenos Aires Marks 12th Stop for the Avon Believe World Tour

Jun 30, 2011

BUENOS AIRES - June 30, 2011 –  Avon Chairman and CEO Andrea Jung today celebrated Avon’s 125th Anniversary in Buenos Aires, the 12th stop on the 16-city “Avon Believe World Tour.” More than 4.000 Avon Representatives participated in the Argentina event to celebrate the company’s heritage and belief in its mission to empower women.

During the event, Jung presented a grant of $60,000 to Asociación Argentina de Prevención de la Violencia Familiar to continue its work to support victims of domestic violence. The donation was part of the $2 million Avon Global Believe Fund created to help support women’s domestic violence shelters and agencies in each of the 16 cities on the tour, as well as other Avon markets worldwide. Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women are funding an international network of outstanding nonprofit organizations to help them provide critical life-saving services for victims of domestic violence and their families. This global effort also aims to draw attention to the alarming lack of adequate services for women and children who are victims of domestic violence in communities everywhere.

“As the company for women, Avon feels an obligation and responsibility to play a leadership role in helping to improve the lives of women around the world, and we truly believe we can make a difference,” says Ms. Jung. “Avon was founded in 1886, and has been inspiring and financially empowering women for 125 years.  Today, Avon is the largest engine of economic opportunity for women on earth, serving more than six million Avon Representatives in over 100 countries.”

 “This anniversary is an opportunity for us to recognize the Representatives of Argentina who make  Avon the company for women,” says the Argentina General Manager, Paulo Moledo.  “It is truly one of the only companies that transcends cultures and continues to empower women financially.”

Throughout 2011, approximately 125,000 Avon Representatives will participate in the Avon Believe World Tour as it makes global stops in London, Istanbul, New York, Chicago, Mexico City, Warsaw, Moscow, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Manila, Shanghai, New Delhi and Johannesburg.

Avon’s $2 million commitment is in addition to the company’s previously announced financial donations to other major partners in global efforts to stop violence against women including: the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women; Vital Voices and the U.S. State Department to establish the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women; and Cornell University Law School for the creation of the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice. Through the end of 2010, Avon global philanthropy has donated more than $30 million to support awareness, education, direct service and prevention programs aimed at reducing domestic and gender violence in more than 50 countries.

Other 125th Anniversary Programs


In addition to the Avon Believe World Tour and Avon Global Believe Fund, Avon is also celebrating 125 years of empowering women with its previously announced program, Avon Voices, the first-ever online singing talent search for women and songwriting competition for women and men. A renowned judging panel of music industry leaders from around the world includes: Fergie, six-time Grammy award winner; Diane Warren, legendary songwriter; Natasha Bedingfield, Grammy nominated singer/songwriter; Delta Goodrem, Australian Artist of the Decade; Lea Salonga, Filipina singer and actress; Ivete Sangalo, Brazil’s biggest pop star; and Russian sensation Valeriya.  The program launched in December 2010 in more than 60 countries, and invites people around the world to share their voices, join in and sing out.   More information is available at www.AvonVoices.com.

Avon has partnered with the Hagley Museum and Library to create a digital corporate archive, including Avon brochures, advertising and product images spanning the company’s 125-year history of empowering women.  Avon’s digital corporate archive can be accessed at http://www.hagley.org/library/exhibits/avon/

About Avon


Avon, the company for women, is a leading global beauty company, with over $10 billion in annual revenue. As the world's largest direct seller, Avon markets to women in more than 100 countries through approximately 6.5 million active independent Avon Sales Representatives. Avon's product line includes beauty products, as well as fashion and home products, and features such well-recognized brand names as Avon Color, ANEW, Skin-So-Soft, Advance Techniques, Avon Naturals, and mark. Learn more about Avon and its products at www.avoncompany.com.

About the Avon Foundation for Women and Avon Global Philanthropy


Avon is a global corporate leader in philanthropy focused solely on causes that matter most to women. Through 2010 Avon global philanthropy, led by the U.S.-based Avon Foundation for Women, had donated more than $800 million in more than 50 countries for causes most important to women. Avon’s funding is focused on breast cancer research and access to care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. Avon also responds generously to provide support for relief and recovery efforts in times of major natural disasters and emergencies. The company’s global markets sell special products to raise funds for breast cancer and domestic violence, conduct hundreds of events that raise funds and awareness for these causes, and provide critical life-saving information to women everywhere through it global army of more than 6 million Avon Representatives. 

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