Breaking down the barriers holding women and girls back to create a better world for everyone is a common goal shared by Avon and Malala Fund. Avon's global program, stand4her, aims to improve the lives of 100 million women by creating opportunities to build success on their own terms. The plan includes initiatives such as the Avon Academy, a training platform to enable representatives to learn beauty and business skills and the Global Scholarship Program, which offers financial support to Avon's beauty entrepreneurs and their families to continue their studies.
Malala Fund was founded by Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, and her father, Ziauddin. Malala Fund works towards a world where every girl can learn and lead, breaking down the barriers that hold girls back. With a focus on the 130 million girls out of school worldwide, Malala Fund invests in local education activists known as Gulmakai Champions, amplifies girls' voices and advocates to hold leaders accountable at local, national and international levels.
Malala Yousafzai, co-founder of Malala Fund commented, "In Brazil, indigenous and Afro-Brazilian girls are disproportionately marginalized and struggle to complete their education. Malala Fund's Gulmakai in Brazil are fighting for their future and we are grateful to the Avon Foundation for Women for investing in their work."
The donation from the Avon Foundation for Women will be directed towards one of Malala Fund's Gulmakai Champions who is working to advance girls' education in Brazil by sparking social and systemic change for girls. In Brazil, 1.5 million girls are currently denied an education as a result of racism, exploitation and poverty.
Amy Greene, chair of the Avon Foundation, 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 organizations like Malala Fund, is so important—it's how we maximize our impact to make the biggest difference. We're so proud to be working with Malala Fund, it's an incredible organization, and Malala is an inspiration around the world in championing opportunity for women and girls."