Avon Products Inc., through its foundation arm, has donated $100,000 to Malala Fund’s Brazil-based charity Gulmakai Champions, to help fund female students’ quality education.
In a statement on July 25, Avon said the donation will be channeled directly to improve education for girls in Brazil which is its largest market and whose 1.5 million girls were said to be denied an education as a result of racism, exploitation, and poverty.
Avon’s global programme stand4her aims to improve the lives of 100 million women by creating opportunities to build success on their own terms.
Avon donates $100K to Malala’s Gulmakai Champions
It includes initiatives such as the Avon Academy, a training platform to enable beneficiaries to learn beauty and business skills, as well as the Global Scholarship Programme, offering financial support to Avon’s beauty entrepreneurs and their families to continue their studies.
“Like Avon, Malala Fund aims to break down the barriers keeping girls from achieving their full potential,” Malala Fund Chief Development Officer Patricia Eisner said.
“We share a vision to see a world where all women and girls can learn, and Malala Fund is grateful to the Avon Foundation for Women for investing in our work. Unlike countries with millions of out-of-school girls, Brazil could see every girl in school relatively soon,” she added.
For her part, Avon Foundation chairman Amy Greene said: “Avon has been supporting women for 130 years, it is part of our DNA. Research shows again and again, that when one woman’s life improves, it benefits her family, her community and the wider world we all live in. That is why opening up Avon to partner with organisations like Malala Fund, is so important – it’s how we maximise our impact to make the biggest difference.”
“We’re so proud to be working with Malala Fund, it’s an incredible organisation, and Malala is an inspiration around the world in championing opportunity for women and girls,” she added.
Malala fund set up by Nobel winner Malala Yousafzai
Malala Fund, the charity which saw Avon donates $100K to Malala, was founded by Pakistani female activist Malala Yousafzai, who fought for education and was the youngest Nobel Prize winner.
Malala Fund focuses on the 130 million girls out of school worldwide. It invests in local education activists known as Gulmakai Champions, amplifies girls’ voices and advocates to hold leaders accountable at local, national and international levels.
Photo: Malala Fund
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