AVON RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR EMPOWERING WOMEN
IN SOUTH AFRICA
NEW YORK – Shared Interest, a New York-based non-profit social investment fund working in Southern Africa, last week Thursday honoured six extraordinary individuals at its 20th Anniversary Awards Gala at Gotham Hall in New York City. The 2014 Honourees are Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, social justice advocate and philanthropist The Rev. Mpho Tutu, South African filmmaker and producer of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” Anant Singh, and South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool and anti-apartheid and human rights activist Rosieda Shabodien. Avon Products Inc., a leading global beauty company, received the Corporate Award at the gala for its work in empowering women in South Africa.
Avon received the Shared Interest Award for Empowering Women in South Africa for its leadership in helping South African women escape the cycle of poverty by empowering them to launch their own small businesses. Avon’s door-to-door business model has enabled women to create steady income for their families. Earnings by South African “Avon ladies” puts them in the top half of black female earners in their community and brings their income in line with those of black South African men.