Fergie Urges to End Violence Against Women

Avon Foundation Global Ambassador Fergie in Washington, D.C. where she announced the new Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence with the Avon Foundation, Vital Voices, and the U.S. State Department on March 20, 2014.

Avon Foundation Global Ambassador Fergie in Washington, D.C. where she announced the new Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence with the Avon Foundation, Vital Voices, and the U.S. State Department on March 20, 2014.

The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women, a collaboration of Vital Voices Global Partnership, the Avon Foundation for Women and the U.S. Department of State, presented Thursday a new initiative to address gender-based violence: the Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative.

The program is dedicated to assisting victims of extreme forms of gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices around the world.

“The new Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence is designed to ensure that laws achieve their promise,” said Avon Foundation Global Ambassador Fergie.

The Initiative takes steps to eradicate domestic violence, sexual assault, honor crimes and other forms of gender-based violence by providing critical support to survivors.

By providing short-term emergency grants to cover medical care, emergency shelter, legal assistance, and other related costs, the program allows victims in urgent situations to access life-saving services.

Over the next two years, the program will work with criminal justice professionals and service providers in India, Mexico, Nepal, South Africa and other countries to develop and provide training that promotes a victim-centered approach to holding offenders accountable for their crimes.

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