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Reese Witherspoon has visited the House of Commons to raise awareness of domestic violence as part of joint campaign by Avon and the charity Refuge.
The actress, who is the global ambassador for the cosmetics company, spoke on behalf of the crusade, calling for more government funding for victim support services in the UK.
”There remains what can seem like an impenetrable wall of silence around violence and we must all play a role in breaking this silence,” she said.
A YouGov poll commissioned by Avon found that 92 per cent of people think they do not know anyone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence, when in fact one in four women suffer at the hands of a partner in their lifetime.
Ms Witherspoon said the problem was “pandemic” around the world and added that she was motivated to support the campaign by a friend who had gone through such an experience as a young woman.
In March, she launched a worldwide campaign on behalf of the cosmetics company aimed at ending violence against women.
Even Reese Witherspoon finds it difficult to globe-trot at her leisure.
“It’s hard to travel when you have two small children,” she says. But her work as Avon’s global ambassador has taken her around the world in the fight against domestic violence and breast cancer and for emergency-relief fundraising.
A two-day summit on women’s issues brought Witherspoon to the nation’s capital on Tuesday, where she unveiled Avon’s latest fundraising initiative: the empowerment necklace. The small silver chain is an offshoot of last year’s empowerment bracelet, which helped raise $4 million for the Avon Women’s Empowerment Fund.
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Reese Witherspoon, global ambassador and honorary chairperson of the Avon Foundation for Women, announced at a press conference before the Global Forum a new Avon fundraising product: the Women’s Empowerment Necklace.
Launched as a companion piece to the 2008 Women’s Empowerment Bracelet, the Necklace is accessibly priced at just $5.00. It will be sold through Avon‘s Sales Representatives and on www.avon.com. All net proceeds of the Necklace will support domestic violence programs, building upon the $4 million already raised by the Bracelet in one year. In the US every Women’s Empowerment product sold will include a free Domestic Violence Resource Guide to increase awareness of this epidemic of violence and encourage everyone to speak out so it stops.
In the gallery you can view pictures of Reese at the conference. She looked very pretty and classy in a dark dress and wearing her own empowerment necklace. Thanks to Mariana for lending many photo donations of this event!
– Public Events: Avon Launches Global Mobilization Effort Against Domestic Violence
March 3, 2009 • Category: Charity
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Reese and Avon have launched the Women’s Empowerment Necklace. It’s meant to serve as a companion piece to the 2008 Women’s Empowerment Bracelet, and the necklace is priced at just $5.00.
“I am proud to introduce the Avon Empowerment Necklace. Thanks to you, 2008 sales of the Empowerment Bracelet raised over $1 million for the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women and generated more than $2.5 million in additional funds for local programs in the US and globally to help victims and their families. Purchase the necklace now and let’s help stop the violence – together. Thanks for your support.” – Reese Witherspoon
100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Avon Empowerment Fund to end domestic violence against women. It may be purchased on www.avon.com.
“Nearly a billion women worldwide are affected by violence. The Empowerment Necklace is an easy way for all women to take action and demonstrate solidarity to reduce the worldwide epidemic of violence against women. As Honorary Chair of the Avon Foundation, as a woman, and as a mother, I am proud to support this effort.” – Reese Witherspoon
– Avon: Women’s Empowerment Necklace
Yesterday in Beverly Hills, California Reese took part in the 18th Annual “Beat The Odds” Awards. Reese has been an on going supporter for the last five years. For more information about the cause and her part in it, read here.
Reese wore a sleek black pants suits, one of her trademark looks. I have added 114 photos from the arrivals and 15 from the show itself.
– Public Events: Children’s Defense Fund 18th Annual “Beat the Odds” Awards – Arrivals
– Public Events: Children’s Defense Fund 18th Annual “Beat the Odds” Awards – Show
Thanks to Mariana we have more information about Mont Blanc with a proper print ad scan.
Mont Blanc, in addition to selling their luxury products has a social work program. Reese is collaborating with Mont Blanc and UNICEF for children education programs.
– Mont Blanc: Print Ads
Also, although this is not related to Reese, I wanted to take a moment to promote my new site for actress Kristen Stewart. She is known from her work in Into the Wild, In the Land of Women and Twilight, among others. Hop on over to www.kristenstewartweb.com to learn more about her! 🙂
CNN published a special report written by Miss Reese. They also posted an old video interview of her at the Avon walk earlier this year (view it under the cut). They announced Avon‘s next walk will take place in New York City on October 4 and 5.
By Reese Witherspoon
Every three minutes in the United States, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.
As a woman, a mother, and a daughter, I find that statistic terrifying. I was never naïve about breast cancer, but hearing this statistic put it all into perspective.
Women close to me have battled the disease and are now soldiers in the greater fight against it. But the moment I heard “every three minutes,” I felt vulnerable and scared as I realized that anyone is susceptible.
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As earlier reported Reese was in Brazil yesterday as the Avon Global Ambassador. The event was “Speak Out Against Domestic Violence,” a joint campaign launched in 2004 by the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the Avon cosmetics company. She looked ultra pretty in a classy navy dress, hoop earrings and blue heels. The event was held at the World Trade Center hotel in Sao Paulo and lasted one hour, Reese highlighted the campaign’s aims in Latin America, including the sale of bracelets which is financing the charity. She flew back to the United States yesterday shortly after arriving on Wednesday. I’d like to thank Marcela for many picture contributions and translations!
Here is a news report regarding the press conference.
“One woman in three in the world is affected by domestic violence. There isn’t a woman in the world that doesn’t have a friend or a partner who’s actually experiencing some sort of violence against them, so I think although domestic violence hasn’t happened to me personally, I certainly know women who are dealing with this struggle every day.” – Reese Witherspoon
In a symbolic gesture, she gave one of the bracelets to Maria da Penha Maia Fernandes, a Brazilian woman who has come to represent domestic violence in her home country after she was left a paraplegic by her violent husband.
After a 20-year legal battle, Brazil in 2006 named a law after Maia Fernandes that recognizes domestic violence against women as a human rights violation, and extends a number of preventive and punitive measures as well as assistance.
According to UNIFEM, one Brazilian woman in five suffers violence at the hands of a man, and there were an estimated 2.1 million women in the country who each year are victims of domestic violence.
Domestic violence, Witherspoon said, “affects women who are famous, who are not famous, women who have money, women who have no money. This is an issue that crosses all boundaries and it certainly affects everyone.”
– Public Events: Avon Global Ambassador in Brazil