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UPDATES TO THIS PRIVACY STATEMENT
Avon Products, Inc. ("Avon," "us," or "we") has created this Privacy Statement to inform you about how we collect, use and disclose information.
This Privacy Statement applies to information collected through this website and any Avon mobile sites, applications, widgets, and other interactive features that link to this Privacy Statement (the "Site"). Except as specifically provided below, this Privacy Statement does not apply to information collected by Avon by or through any other means, such as information collected offline.
Avon Products, Inc. has certified to the Privacy Shield framework agreed to by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission with respect to the Personal Information of Independent Sales Representatives collected by certain entities located in the European Economic Area and transferred to Avon Products, Inc. in the United States. Accordingly, Avon certifies that it complies with the seven Privacy Shield Principles of Notice; Choice; Accountability for Onward Transfer; Security; Data Integrity and Purpose Limitation; Access; and Recourse, Enforcement and Liability. Please see our Privacy Shield Statement at https://www.avonworldwide.com/privacy-shield-statement.html. More information about the Privacy Shield Framework, including a list of entities that subscribe to the Privacy Shield, can be found at www.privacyshield.gov.
Collection of Personal Information. "Personal Information" is information that can identify you such as name, postal address (including billing and shipping addresses), telephone number, e-mail address, and user name. We collect Personal Information from you when provide information directly to us, including when you register with us or otherwise interact with us on the Site.
Use of Personal Information. We may use Personal Information:
Sharing Personal Information. We may disclose your Personal Information:
Collection of Non-Personal Information. "Non-Personal Information" is any information that does not reveal your specific identity, such as:
We and our third-party service providers may collect Non-Personal Information in a variety of ways.
For example, we
Aggregating Information. We may aggregate Personal Information so that the aggregated information does not personally identify you or anyone else. In some instances, we may combine Non-Personal Information with Personal Information (such as combining your name with your geographical location). If we combine any Non-Personal Information with Personal Information, the combined information will be treated by us as Personal Information as long as it is combined.
Use and Sharing of Non-Personal Information. Because Non-Personal Information does not personally identify you, we may collect, use and disclose Non-Personal Information for any purpose.
Local Storage Objects: We and our third-party service providers may use Flash Local Storage Objects ("Flash LSOs") in certain situations including to recognize you. Flash LSOs are different from browser cookies because of the amount and type of data stored. In addition, you generally cannot control, delete or disable the acceptance of Flash LSOs from your browser. For more information on Flash LSOs, and to learn how to control them, click on the Support Page for the Flash Player and choose Global Storage Settings Panel and follow the instructions. To see the Flash LSOs on your computer now, go to the Website Storage Settings Panel and follow the instructions to review and, if you choose, to delete any specific Flash LSO.
Pixel tags and other technologies: Clear GIFs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies. However, in contrast to cookies, which are stored on your computer's hard drive, clear GIFs are embedded invisibly on website pages. We may use clear GIFs (also known as web beacons, web bugs or pixel tags) in connection with the Site to, among other things, track the activities of our Site visitors and compile statistics about Site usage and response rates. We and our third-party service providers also may use clear GIFs in HTML-formatted e-mail messages to help us track e-mail response rates, measure the success of our marketing campaigns, and identify when our e-mails are viewed or forwarded.
Widgets, Applications and similar technologies. If you choose to utilize technology provided by us (such as a widget), any Personal Information or other information you make available through such technology may become available publicly, for example, through social media and other websites and platforms on which you may make the applicable technology available. In addition, some technology may have the capability to be distributed "virally" in other locations (for example, a friend may post the widget that contains your information to his or her blog). Avon is not responsible or liable for the collection, use or disclosure of Personal Information and/or other information that is made publicly available.
How We Collect IP Addresses Your "IP Address" is a number that is automatically assigned to the computer that you are using by your Internet Service Provider (ISP).An IP Address may be identified and logged automatically in our server log files whenever a user visits the Site, along with the time of the visit and the page(s) that were visited. Collecting IP Addresses is standard practice on the Internet and is done automatically by many websites.
How We Use and Disclose IP Addresses We may use IP Addresses for purposes such as calculating Site usage levels, helping diagnose server problems, detecting fraud, and administering the Site. We may also use and disclose IP Addresses for all the purposes for which we use and disclose Personal Information. Please note that we treat IP Addresses, server log files and related information as Non-Personal Information, except where we are required to do otherwise under applicable law.
Certain features on our Site may give you an opportunity to interact with us and others. These may include blogs, message boards, messaging functionality, chat functionality, and creating community profiles. When you use these features you should be aware that any information you submit, including your name, location and e-mail address, may be publicly available to others. We are not responsible for any information you choose to submit through these interactive features and we strongly discourage you from disclosing any sensitive Personal Information (such as health or credit card information) through these features. If you use these features, your Personal Information may remain on the Site even after you cease use of the Site.
Our Site may link to websites operated by other third parties. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of websites operated by third parties that are linked to or integrated with our Site, or for the privacy practices of third party Internet advertising companies. The inclusion of a link on the Site does not imply endorsement of the linked site by us.
We may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Site. These companies may use information about your visit to the Site in order to provide advertisements about goods and services that may be of interest to you. In the course of serving advertisements to this Site, these companies may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, please visit http://networkadvertising.org/optout_nonppii.asp.
We use reasonable organizational, technical and administrative measures to protect Personal Information under our control. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or data storage system can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure (for example, if you feel that the security of any account you might have with us has been compromised), please immediately notify us of the problem by contacting us in accordance with the Contact Us section below.
To opt out of receiving certain communications from Avon you may (1) follow the "unsubscribe" instructions contained in any emails you have received or (2) if you have registered with an Avon Site, you may use that Site's "modify account information" or similar functionality to opt out from receiving such communications.
If you registered with a Site, you may view, change, modify or remove certain information contained in your personal profile by using the tools found in the profile section of the applicable Site. We will endeavor to comply with your request as soon as reasonably practicable. However, we may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes, and there may also be residual information that will remain within our databases and other records, which will not be removed or changed. We also reserve the right, from time to time, to re-contact former Site visitors and users. Finally, we are not responsible for removing information or causing information to be removed from the databases or other records of third parties (including vendors and service providers) with whom we have already shared your Personal Information.
We will retain your Personal Information for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Privacy Statement unless a longer retention period is required or allowed by law.
The Site is not directed to individuals under the age of thirteen (13), and we request that these individuals not provide Personal Information through the Site.
Your Personal Information may be stored and processed in any country where we have operations, and by interacting with us and providing us with any Personal Information, you consent to the transfer of information to countries outside of your country of residence, including the United States, which may provide for different data protection rules than in your country.
From time to time we may change this Privacy Statement. Please take a look at the "LAST UPDATED" legend at the top of this page to see when this Privacy Statement was last revised. Any changes to this Privacy Statement will become effective when we post the revised Privacy Statement on the Site. Your interaction with us following these changes means that you accept the revised Privacy Statement.
If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, please contact us by e-mail at Global.Privacy@avon.com, or by regular mail at Avon Products, Inc., Attn: Legal - Privacy Office, 601 Midland Ave, Rye, NY 10580. Because e-mail communications are not always secure, please do not include sensitive information in your e-mails to us.
AVON PRODUCTS, INC.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE
Please read these Terms and Conditions of Use (the "Agreement") carefully before using this website. By using this website and/or other Avon Products, Inc. sites that link to these Terms and Conditions (collectively, the "AVON WEBSITES"), you agree to be bound by this Agreement.
If you do not agree to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, please do not use any of the AVON WEBSITES. Avon Products, Inc., a company incorporated under the laws of the State of New York, U.S.A. (referred to herein as "AVON," "we," "us" and "our"), reserves the right to change this Agreement, in whole or in part, from time to time at our sole discretion, and to provide you with notice of such change by any reasonable means, including without limitation posting the revised draft of this Agreement on the AVON WEBSITES. You can determine when this Agreement was last revised by referring to the "LAST UPDATED" legend at the top of this Agreement. You should always check this Agreement prior to using the AVON WEBSITES. Your continued use of the AVON WEBSITES following the posting of changes to this Agreement will mean that you accept those changes.
1. Restricted Uses.
The AVON WEBSITES are owned and operated by AVON. The contents of the AVON WEBSITES are copyrighted under United States copyright laws. Except as stated herein, none of the material on the AVON WEBSITES may be copied, reproduced, distributed, republished, uploaded, displayed, posted or transmitted in any way whatsoever. Subject to your compliance with this Agreement, and solely for as long as you are permitted by AVON to access and use the AVON WEBSITES, you may download one (1) copy of any particular materials from the AVON WEBSITES for your own personal, non-commercial use, provided that you agree to abide by any copyright notice or other restrictions contained in or applicable to such materials, including any author attribution, copyright or trademark notice or restriction in any such material that you download. Modification of the materials, or use of the materials for any other purpose, whether commercial or noncommercial, is a violation of AVON's copyright and other proprietary rights.
"AVON" and the other AVON trademarks, trade names, service marks and logos appearing on the AVON WEBSITES are proprietary trademarks of AVON. The use of any of our trademarks or any other content made available through the AVON WEBSITES, except as expressly provided in this Agreement, is strictly prohibited.
2. Information Submitted Through the AVON WEBSITES.
Your submission of information through the AVON WEBSITES is governed by AVON's Privacy Statement (the "Privacy Statement"), the link to which is located I n the footer of www.avoncompany.com., and this Agreement incorporates by reference the terms and conditions of the Privacy Statement. You represent and warrant that any information you provide in connection with your use of the AVON WEBSITES is true, accurate and complete, and that you will maintain and update such information as needed, such that the information remains true, accurate and complete.
3. Registration; User Names and Passwords.
You may be required to register with AVON in order to access certain areas of the AVON WEBSITES. With respect to any such registration, we may refuse to grant you, and you may not use, a user name or email address that belongs to or is already being used by another person; that may be construed as impersonating another person; that violates the intellectual property or other rights of any person; that is offensive; or that we reject for any other reason in our sole discretion. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any password you may use to access the AVON WEBSITES, and you agree not to transfer your password or user name, or lend or otherwise transfer your use of or access to the AVON WEBSITES, to any third party. You are fully responsible for all Transactions (including any information transmitted in connection with any Transactions) and other interactions with the AVON WEBSITES that occur in connection with your user name. You agree to immediately notify AVON of any unauthorized use of your password or user name or any other breach of security related to your account, your user name or the AVON WEBSITES, and to ensure that you "log off" and exit from your account with the AVON WEBSITES (if applicable) at the end of each session. We are not liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with any of the foregoing obligations.
4. Rules of Conduct.
We expect users of the AVON WEBSITES to respect the law as well as the rights and dignity of others. While using the AVON WEBSITES you agree to comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. In addition, your use of the AVON WEBSITES is conditioned on your compliance with the rules of conduct set forth in this section, and failure to comply with these rules of conduct may result in termination of your access to the AVON WEBSITES pursuant to Section 11 below.
You agree not to:
Additionally, you acknowledge and agree that you (and not AVON) are responsible for obtaining and maintaining all telecommunications, broadband, and computer hardware, equipment, and services needed to access and use the AVON WEBSITES, and for paying all charges related thereto.
5. Forums and Submissions.
AVON may offer features through the AVON WEBSITES that enable you to post information and materials publicly, for example, bulletin boards, chat areas, and similar forums (collectively referred to herein as "Forums"). All of the rules of conduct described in Section 4 above apply to the Forums. Additionally, without AVON's express prior written consent, you may not use the Forums for any commercial purposes, including the promotion or advertisement of any goods, services or opportunities, and you may not use the Forums to solicit other AVON WEBSITE visitors or users to visit or become members of, subscribe to or register with any commercial online service or other organization.
When you submit or make available any information or materials through the Forums or otherwise through any AVON WEBSITE ("Submissions"), you acknowledge and agree that those Submissions will be non-proprietary and non-confidential, may be made available to the general public, and may be used by AVON without restriction. You grant to AVON the worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free, irrevocable, nonexclusive right and license, sublicensable through multiple tiers, without compensation to you, to use, reproduce, distribute (through multiple tiers), adapt (including without limitation edit, modify, translate and reformat), create derivative works of, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, digitally perform, make, have made, sell, offer for sale and import all Submissions, in any media now known or hereafter developed, for any purpose whatsoever, commercial or otherwise. You represent and warrant that you have all rights necessary for you to grant the licenses granted in this section with respect to each Submission, and that your provision of Submissions through the Forums or otherwise through the AVON WEBSITES complies with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. You further irrevocably waive any "moral rights" or other rights with respect to attribution of authorship or integrity of materials regarding any Submission that you may have under any applicable law or under any legal theory. This section will survive termination of this Agreement for any reason.
We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to edit any Submission and to choose to include or not include such Submission in the Forums or otherwise in the AVON WEBSITES. The Forums include the opinions, statements and other content of third parties. We are not responsible for screening, monitoring or verifying such content, including such content's accuracy, reliability or compliance with copyright or other laws. Any opinions, statements or other materials made available by third parties through the Forums or otherwise through the AVON WEBSITES are those of such third parties and not of AVON, and AVON does not endorse any such opinions, statements or materials. We may remove objectionable statements or other content from the AVON WEBSITES at any time if we deem removal to be warranted. Please understand that removal or editing of any Submission or other materials may not occur immediately.
You acknowledge and agree that AVON has no control over, and shall have no liability for any damages resulting from, the use (including without limitation re-publication) or misuse by any third party of information voluntarily made public through the Forums or any other part of the AVON WEBSITES. IF YOU CHOOSE TO MAKE ANY OF YOUR PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION OR OTHER INFORMATION PUBLICLY AVAILABLE THROUGH THE FORUMS OR OTHERWISE THROUGH THE AVON WEBSITES, YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK.
6. Intended Audience.
AVON controls and operates the AVON WEBSITES from its offices located in the State of New York, U.S.A., and the AVON WEBSITES are not intended to subject AVON to the laws or jurisdiction of any state, country or territory other than those of the United States. Unless otherwise specified, materials made available through the AVON WEBSITES are presented solely for the purpose of providing services and promoting products available in the United States. AVON makes no representation or warranty that any AVON WEBSITE, in whole or in part, or any products, services, or materials made available through the AVON WEBSITES, are appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who choose to access the AVON WEBSITES from other locations do so on their own initiative and at their own risk and are responsible for compliance with local laws, rules and regulations, if and to the extent local laws, rules or regulations are applicable.
7. Links to or From Other Sites.
Except as otherwise expressly stated by AVON on an AVON WEBSITE, AVON is not affiliated or associated with operators of any third party websites that link to or are linked from the AVON WEBSITES. AVON expressly disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy, content, or availability of information found on third party websites that link to or are linked from the AVON WEBSITES. We cannot ensure your satisfaction with any products or services that are available through any third party site that links to or is linked from the AVON WEBSITES because these third party sites are owned and operated by independent entities. We do not endorse any of the products or services, nor have we taken any steps to confirm the accuracy or reliability of any of the information, made available through any third party sites. We make no representations or warranties as to the security of any information (including without limitation credit card and other personal information) that you may provide or be requested to provide to any third party, whether through such a third party site or otherwise.
YOU AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THIRD PARTY SITES AND RESOURCES AND ANY CONTENT, INFORMATION, DATA, ADVERTISING, PRODUCTS, SERVICES, OR OTHER MATERIALS ON OR AVAILABLE THROUGH SUCH SITES AND RESOURCES IS AT YOUR OWN RISK AND IS SUBJECT TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE APPLICABLE TO SUCH SITES AND RESOURCES.
AVON shall have the right, at any time and at its sole discretion, to block links to the AVON WEBSITES through technological or other means without prior notice.
THE AVON WEBSITES ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. AVON MAKES NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY AS TO THE ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, TIMELINESS OR COMPLETENESS OF ANY MATERIAL ON OR ACCESSIBLE THROUGH THE AVON WEBSITES. ANY RELIANCE ON OR USE OF SUCH MATERIALS SHALL BE AT YOUR SOLE RISK. AVON MAKES NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY (A) THAT THE AVON WEBSITES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON A TIMELY BASIS, OR THAT ACCESS TO THE AVON WEBSITES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, ERROR FREE OR SECURE; (B) THAT DEFECTS OR ERRORS WILL BE CORRECTED; OR (C) THAT THE AVON WEBSITES OR THE SERVERS OR NETWORKS THROUGH WHICH THE AVON WEBSITES ARE MADE AVAILABLE ARE SECURE OR FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. APPLICABLE LAW MAY NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
While we try to maintain the integrity and security of the AVON WEBSITES and the servers from which the AVON WEBSITES are operated, the AVON WEBSITES may include inaccuracies, errors and materials that violate or conflict with this Agreement. Additionally, third parties may make unauthorized alterations to the AVON WEBSITES. If you become aware of any unauthorized third party alteration to the AVON WEBSITES, contact us at infoincident.avon.com or by writing to Avon Products, Inc , 777 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017 Attn: Office of the General Counsel with a description of the material(s) at issue and the URL or location on the applicable AVON WEBSITE where such material(s) appear.
9. Limitation of Liability.
IN NO EVENT SHALL AVON, ITS SUBSIDIARIES OR AFFILIATES, OR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AGENTS OR REPRESENTATIVES (THE FOREGOING ENTITIES, COLLECTIVELY, THE "AVON ENTITIES") BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF (A) THIS AGREEMENT, (B) THE AVON WEBSITES, OR (C) YOUR USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE AVON WEBSITES, IN EACH EVENT, EVEN IF AVON OR SUCH PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. APPLICABLE LAW MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY OR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. AVON IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR SUBMISSIONS, TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA OR FOR ANY MATERIAL OR DATA SENT OR RECEIVED OR NOT SENT OR RECEIVED. AVON IS NOT RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY THREATENING, DEFAMATORY, OBSCENE, OFFENSIVE OR ILLEGAL CONTENT OR CONDUCT OF ANY OTHER PARTY, OR ANY INFRINGEMENT BY A THIRD PARTY OF ANOTHER'S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, PRIVACY OR OTHER RIGHTS. IN NO EVENT SHALL AVON'S TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES AND CAUSES OF ACTION (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE) ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT, THE AVON WEBSITES, OR YOUR USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE AVON WEBSITES EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU, IF ANY, FOR USING OR ACCESSING THE AVON WEBSITES.
You will indemnify and hold the AVON Entities harmless from and against any and all claims, actions, demands, causes of action and other proceedings arising from or related to any of the following (the "Claims"): (a) your use of, inability to use, or activities in connection with the AVON WEBSITES; (b) any violation of this Agreement or any other AVON terms, conditions or policies by you or through any account you may have with any AVON WEBSITE; (c) any Transaction; (d) any allegation that any Submission or other materials that you make available through the AVON WEBSITES infringe or otherwise violate the intellectual property, privacy, or other rights of any third party; or (e) your violation of any rights of any AVON WEBSITE visitor, user, or customer, or any other third party; and you agree to reimburse the AVON Entities on demand for any damages, losses, costs, judgments, fees, fines and other expenses they incur (including attorneys' fees and court costs) as a result of any Claim(s).
11. Termination and Enforcement.
This Agreement is effective until terminated by AVON. You agree that AVON, at its sole discretion, may terminate your access to or use of the AVON WEBSITES, at any time and for any reason, including without limitation if AVON believes that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of this Agreement (including but not limited to your failure to comply with the rules of conduct set forth in Section 4 above). Upon any such termination, your right to use the AVON WEBSITES will immediately cease. You agree that any termination of your access to or use of the AVON WEBSITES may be effected without prior notice and that AVON may immediately deactivate or delete any user name and/or password used by or provided to you, and all related information and files associated therewith, and/or bar any further access to such information or files. You agree that AVON shall not be liable to you or any third party for any termination of your access to the AVON WEBSITES or to any such information or files, and shall not be required to make such information or files available to you after any such termination. AVON reserves the right to takes steps that AVON believes are necessary or appropriate to enforce and/or verify compliance with this Agreement (including without limitation in connection with any legal process relating to your use of the AVON WEBSITES and/or a third party claim that your use of the AVON WEBSITES is unlawful or violates such third party's rights).
12. Claims of Copyright Infringement.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the "DMCA") provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that material appearing on the Internet infringes their rights under U.S. copyright law. If you believe in good faith that materials available on an AVON WEBSITE infringe your copyright, you (or your agent) may send AVON a notice requesting that AVON remove the materials or block access to them. If you believe in good faith that someone has wrongly filed a notice of copyright infringement against you, the DMCA permits you to send AVON a counter-notice. Notices and counter-notices must meet the then-current statutory requirements imposed by the DMCA. See http://www.copyright.gov/ for details. Notices and counter-notices should be sent to Office of the General Counsel, Avon Products Inc., 777 Third Avenue, NY, NY 10017; tel: 212-282-7000. We suggest that you consult your legal advisor before filing a notice or counter-notice. Also, please be aware that there are penalties for false claims under the DMCA.
Pursuant to 47 U.S.C. Section 230(d), as amended, we hereby notify you that parental control protections (such as computer hardware, software or filtering services) are commercially available that may assist you in limiting access to material that is harmful to minors. Information identifying current providers of such protections is available on the following two sites: GetNetWise (http://kids.getnetwise.org/) and OnGuard Online (http://onguardonline.gov/). Note that AVON does not endorse, support or approve any of the products or services listed at such site.
14. Information or Complaints.
Under California Civil Code Section 1789.3, California users are entitled to the following consumer rights notice: If you have a question or complaint regarding the AVON WEBSITES, contact us by writing to Avon Products, Inc., 777 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017 Attn: Office of the General Counsel.. California residents may reach the Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Services of the California Department of Consumer Affairs by mail at 1625 North Market Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95834 or by telephone at (916) 445-1254 or (800) 952-5210.
15. Governing Law.
This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York, U.S.A. without regard to its conflicts of laws principles. Any dispute with Avon, or our parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, employees, agents or affiliates, arising under or in relation to this Agreement shall be resolved exclusively through non-appealable arbitration with one arbitrator in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association in New York, NY. If travelling to New York is a burden, you may participate in the arbitration by phone or via document submission to the fullest extent allowable by the arbitrator. Each party will bear their own costs of arbitration unless the arbitrator directs that bearing such costs would be an undue burden and in that case, Avon will pay for your portion of the arbitration administrative costs (but not your attorneys’ fees). You agree to resolve any disputes related to this Agreement as an individual and not as a class or join any class. You understand that, in return for agreement to this provision and the dispute provision above, Avon is able to offer the AVON WEBSITES at the terms designated, and that your assent is an indispensable consideration to this Agreement. You also acknowledge and understand that, with respect to any dispute with Avon, our officers, directors, employees, agents or affiliates, arising out of or relating to your use of the AVON WEBSITES or this Agreement: YOU ARE GIVING UP YOUR RIGHT TO HAVE A TRIAL BY JURY; AND YOU ARE GIVING UP YOUR RIGHT TO SERVE AS A REPRESENTATIVE, AS A PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL, OR IN ANY OTHER REPRESENTATIVE CAPACITY, OR TO PARTICIPATE AS A MEMBER OF A CLASS OF CLAIMANTS, IN ANY LAWSUIT INVOLVING ANY SUCH DISPUTE.
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When British journalist and writer Alice-May Purkiss found a lump in her right breast, she never thought it could be cancer. She was only 26. “I was in the habit of checking my breasts, but never knew that young women could get breast cancer.” However, this bad news gave Alice-May unexpected strength to stand up for other women who, like her, were also fighting a tough battle. Within minutes of her diagnosis, the fashion fan with a self-described penchant for polka dots, began blogging about her condition to raise awareness of breast cancer in younger women – and to encourage as many women as possible to get regular breast exams.
She also signed up as a volunteer in CoppaFeel!, a charity with the sole purpose of raising breast-health awareness in young people. As a Boobette (the term for volunteers who have had a personal experience of breast cancer before the age of 35), she goes to schools, workplaces and community centres to spread the word about prevention, or as she says, “basically anywhere that will have me”. In a world where one out of eight women is expected to experience breast cancer in her lifetime, the work of Alice-May can be lifesaving.
Beyond her charity work, Alice-May can also be found at her personal blog, a project that, in addition to breasts, discusses fashion, beauty, food, travel and the lifestyle of an optimistic, funny and fearless twenty-something Londoner.
I’m a journalist, writer and social media marketer in my day-to-day life, but I’m also a Boobette and trustee for the breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel!
When I found a lump in my right breast when I was 26 years old, I never expected it would be cancer. I never expected that I would need to have a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. I was in the habit of checking my breasts but never really knew that young women could get breast cancer.
Within minutes of my diagnosis in July 2015, I decided I wanted to get involved with CoppaFeel! I knew of the charity and knew that they helped to educate people on the importance of being breast aware, but I didn’t know what a massively positive impact being part of the charity would have on my life! I started Boobettes in April 2016, and in that role, I go into schools, workplaces, WI’s, community centres, basically anywhere that will have me, and talk about the importance of checking your breasts on a regular basis.
I tell my story and go through the signs and symptoms of breast cancer in the hope that through this education we can stamp out the late detection of breast cancer. I became a trustee for the charity in the summer of 2017 and I help drive the charity forward to make sure we’re getting our message to as many people as possible.
As part of CoppaFeel! my dream is to live in a world where late detection of breast cancer doesn't exist. The sooner breast cancer is diagnosed, the more likely you are to have a positive outcome from treatment and carry on your life, happy and healthy. The more people we can educate on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, and the more people we can get checking their boobs on a regular basis, the more likely this is to happen!
On a personal level, my dream is to keep telling stories - my own or other people’s, in an effort to spread the word about great things people, particularly women, are doing.
My proudest moment came two days after my final chemotherapy session, when, along with a bunch of my closest friends and family, I ran a 10km, balder than my father and fighting off bouts of nausea and extreme exhaustion. But I finished it! Being asked to join the trustee board of CoppaFeel! is another exceptionally proud moment for me. I am so passionate about what the charity does, and I want to do everything I can to help it continue doing amazing things. Being on the board is an incredible way to do this.
We live in a world where women are constantly pitted against each other - and actually standing alongside other women, raising them up and supporting them is a revolutionary act. Being a cheerleader, coach, admirer, ally and defender for women makes a huge difference to everyone.
I’m a firm believer in the Shine Theory too, surrounding yourself with awesome women who are great at what they do, with the belief that how they live their lives reflects positively on you. And women are awesome, so why wouldn’t you support them?
Find something that really makes your heart sing and pursue it. It’s easier to make a difference when you’re working towards something you’re passionate about, and it’s easier to find the time and space to do those things when it’s for something you love. Work hard. Play hard. Have fun. Explore. Trust yourself. Look after yourself. Be kind to yourself. And know that whatever life throws at you, one day you'll look back and see the dots of your past connect in a way you never realised they would!
These days in Brazil, it’s nearly impossible to not be impacted by the videos produced by Carolina and Vitoria Marcilio on your social media timelines. The reason is clear: their amazing covers of sexist songs perfectly capture the thoughts of most girls when listening to lyrics of some popular songs. Despite their catchy beats, genres such as Sertanejo (a musical style that originated in the Brazilian countryside) and Funk, (popular everywhere, from Brazilian favelas to fancy neighbourhoods,) are still male-dominated and feature misogynistic and threating lyrics. In a country where one women is raped every 11 minutes¹ and 70% of victims are children and teenagers², voices like that of these sisters are more than necessary.
“Our public, composed of 90% women, has embraced our cause and has encouraged us to keep creating more songs. Our mission is to continue to have a positive impact on them,” say Carolina and Vitoria, sisters by blood, but friends by choice, as they themselves like to point out.
Their partnership in 2017 turned out to be hugely successful, as they have racked up more than 150 million views on their YouTube channel. However, what they are most proud of was the realisation that together they could take it higher. “Working together was even more powerful than working on our own,” the sisters recalled as they got ready to record their first original album in 2018. “It’s a promising year! Maybe we’ll get there!” say Carolina and Vitoria, whose dream is hitting the Spotify top charts.
We’re sisters who found ourselves through music. Our career began on the Internet, spreading messages of optimism for women by rewriting misogynistic songs and lyrics. Although we’ve officially been a duo for just six months, we have more than two million subscribers on our official YouTube channel, with more than 150 million views. Now, we’re getting ready to release our first album, with original songs. We want to spread the love through our voices.
In 2017, as a hobby, we started recording music videos together. In addition to our own compositions, we recorded countless "covers" and "replies" to Brazilian funk songs that are great to dance to and have catchy beats, but often feature lyrics that denigrate women. As we didn’t feel represented by those songs, our “replies” intend to give a voice to women in a male-dominated genre. We are not disposable objects, submissive to men’s will. We seek to balance the dialogue. Our public, composed of 90% women, has embraced our cause and has encouraged us to keep creating more songs. Our mission is to continue to have a positive impact on them.
Dreams evolve. First, we wanted to reach more than 1,000 views. Today, we’ve got more than 150 million. Then we wanted to record an album… and we’ve done it! Each conquest opens the door to an even bigger one, right? In the long-term, a dream come true would be getting to the Brazil Top 50 on Spotify, the most popular streaming platform in our country. But better than being in the ranking would be reaching millions with our messages: love, empowerment and gender equality. 2018 is a promising year! Maybe we’ll get there!
The moment we were most proud of was realising that together we were so much powerful than on our own (each of us previously had solo channels on YouTube, but when we teamed up we got 2.3 million views in a single quarter). Our fans, especially girls, are very excited about this achievement. We receive thousands of messages every day. Our replies, covers and especially our joint effort has positively impacted our audience. People always ask us: “Why do you call yourself friends if you are sisters?” The answer is simple: we didn’t choose to be sisters, but we chose to be friends. We are very proud of this relationship.
Society unfortunately raises girls to be "rivals", to compete for the perfect body, for the best-looking guy and for many other things. That’s a mistake. We must do away with these ideas. Our greatest strength is our unity. Together, our voices resonate louder.
Girls, let’s do it together! Let's make this even bigger! When we were invited to write the soundtrack for the Avon Institute web series in partnership with UN Women, there was a phrase we heard all the time: "There is voice when we unite, together we transform". This motto must live on, it must be put into practice daily. When you see a friend in an abusive relationship or when you receive a "leaked" photo of a friend on your phone, or even when you find out that a relative is suffering domestic violence or any other similar situation, be the difference that makes the difference.
1 Data published in the 9th Brazilian Public Safety Yearbook, from the Brazilian Forum on Public Security, released in 2015.
2 Survey from Brazil’s Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea) based on 2011 data from the Notification of Injury Information System of the Ministry of Health (Sinan)
At 13 years old, Evelina Cabrera left her home in Buenos Aires Province to pursue a life away from her broken family. On the streets, the now 31-year-old soccer coach and founder of the Argentine Women’s Soccer Association (AFFAR) struggled with poverty and hunger. her days included working as an on-the-street security guard, earning a bit of cash by protecting residents’ cars from break-ins and thefts, scavenging for food and begging for leftovers. at 17, she tried to commit suicide after a toxic relationship in which she was victim of domestic violence. not a reality any teenager should ever experience, but evelina doesn’t regret her days wandering on the sidewalks in the town of tigre. instead, she turned her difficult experience into courage. after all, if she didn’t have anything, then there was nothing to lose.
At 21, after completing high school and already working and studying to become a gym teacher, Evelina was invited by a classmate to attend a soccer game. At that moment, she didn’t know that soccer was about to change her life forever – and the lives of hundreds of girls. She started training and even formed her own team until life tried to knock her down once again: she had a tumor and her doctors forbid her from participating in high-performance sports. Even her illness couldn’t hold her back. If life was not willing to turn her into a soccer player, she would then become a coach. Before turning 30, she founded AFFAR and gave girls the possibility of having the world at their feet. AFFAR not only focuses on teaching young women soccer skills, but also addresses their health and mental well-being. In addition to all this, Evelina runs a soccer school called EVCA, which runs the country’s first-ever blind women’s soccer team.
I’m a soccer coach, and founder and president of AFFAR (Argentine Women’s Soccer Association).
At AFFAR we focus on the skills of each player, so they become their main strength. Soccer is the pathway, but empowerment is our main goal. We promote empowerment among young girls. Soccer gives us the chance to get to know them and work with them as a team.
I also run a soccer school called EVCA, where we practice and play. We perform different activities to create positive experiences. At EVCA, I am also part of the coaching staff of Las Ramonas, a women’s soccer team for blind women.
Soccer is a powerful tool that allows us to empower women. And we have already proven that soccer has no gender restrictions.
AFFA was founded to work on women’s empowerment and leadership throughout the entire country, emphasizing social, educational and sports areas.
I want women to be able to play soccer and to help them be recognized as true athletes. And I would love for them to play at the World Cup or the Olympic Games one day.
When we founded AFFAR and proved that it was possible to create a new space where women could work together as a team and feel empowered by other women.
Wherever I go, I always repeat this mantra: “There is strength in numbers” and I believe it’s true. If we are all together, we are stronger. It’ll lead us to make our dreams come true.
I also believe that we’re can debunk the myth that women can’t get along, that one woman cannot befriend another woman. These beliefs have been instilled in us since we were little girls. It’s important to create camaraderie with other women to grow and to realise our dreams together.
I’d tell them that it’s not easy. They may sometimes get disappointed, but if they have real passion, they shouldn’t give up. When you finally succeed the success is twice as sweet.
It means having the tools to face situations we as women deal with every day, such as inequality. An empowered woman knows what she wants and she’s not afraid of failure.
I think it means to stand up and fight for our rights, for equality, and the search for knowledge. It’s nothing against men, quite the contrary: it’s about creating equality in society, so men and women have the same opportunities.
Yes, of course. It’s a way of living.
The world of magic is also affected by the gender gap, but a 16-year-old Italian is determined to change this. At only 13 years of age, Gaia Elisa Rossi was the first female ever to be named the Italian champion of magic. Now, at 16, she will be representing Italy in the World Championship of Magic, in South Korea. It’s the first time that an Italian woman will participate in this competition as an artist with her own magic show - and not as an assistant.
This captivating young woman decided that magic was her muse at an early age, but Gaia didn’t enter the spotlight as if by magic – nor did confidence in herself magically appear: “We need to fight and if we want to fight we need to have experience, we need to study and grow,” says the young illusionist.
My father is a dancer and a magician, and my mother is an actress. I studied dance for 11 years. Everyone asked me if I wanted to become a dancer, but I always answered that I wanted to become a magician! I’ve been trying to broaden my knowledge for the last five years throughout different areas: I’m studying singing, acting and I like writing. This is the reason why I chose classical studies with an emphasis on communication. Today, I’m trying to be an illusionist, even if I prefer to say I like creating and communicating at 360°.
When I was 13, I became the Italian champion of magic: the first female and the youngest one. I started a tour in various countries where I performed on stage with my magic show. This year, in 2018, I will represent Italy in the world championship. It’s the first time an Italian woman will participate in this competition as an artist with her own magic show, and not as an assistant. My knees are already shaking!
My dream is to do something to express myself through contact with people.
After each one of my shows, people come up to me and say: “Wow, you’re very good and so experienced” and I always reply: “Yes, you know, women sometimes can do it...”
This world has major barriers for women: we’re not completely free to express what we are and what we want to be. To do this, we need to fight and if we want to fight we need to have experience, we need to study and to grow. It’s better if we could share this all together.
Never stop communicating. Share your thoughts, since it’s easier to reach your goals and dreams if we stand all together.
Entrepreneur Kamila Sidor knew it was time for a change during the first Polish Startup Weekend in 2011, when only 10 of 120 targeted women showed up, despite plenty of promotional activity addressed directly to women. With this, Geek Girls Carrots was born, a global grassroots organisation focused on attracting women to tech and bringing together female administrators, analysts, app architects, programmers, developers, graphic designers and many more. Since 2011, meet-ups have taken place in 33 cities and in 15 countries.
Kamila’s concern is real. Women in tech is still a global challenge due to a paucity of female mentors and role models, an existing workplace gender bias, and lack of life-work balance and educational support to girls to pursue tech careers¹. With female workers holding only one in four technology jobs, the field definitely lacks diversity.
I am a human and this is the most important dimension of who I am. Professionally, I run a business and social activity. I’m interested in projects connected with society and education, technological startups and art. My biggest success is starting a global organisation for women in technologies – Geek Girls Carrots, which runs now as the Carrots Foundation. We have conducted social and educational projects in 33 cities, in 15 countries.
In 2011, I decided to support women in technologies. On the first Polish Startup Weekend (48-hour marathon to prepare IT startups), despite plenty of promotional actions addressed to women, only 10 of 120 targeted women showed up. I felt that I wanted to change this! I wanted to encourage women to create startups, taking part in a technological revolution that grew stronger day by day. The motivation was the need to attract women to something of great value and influence on the future – information technology (IT). I can’t see a process of creating the future without women’s engagement.
Nowadays I am the Founder and Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Carrots Foundation. I have not been involved in operational activity for nearly a year now, instead only working in a supervisory and advisory role. For six years I’ve been a CEO, what means that I did everything – starting from organising community meetings, through cooperation with Facebook, to invoicing and building the Carrots team. Now I’m working on a new project, Dom Kropki, focused on soft skills development like public speaking, dealing with stress and mindfulness.
My dream is to minimize the aggressive, hateful behavior around us in exchange for empathy, compassion and kindness. Another dream is to someday reach a point where there is no need for Carrots Foundation – a time when we wouldn’t have to encourage and support women in technology, because it would be a given that everyone could go into IT and develop a career in this field.
I want to continue to do the thing I love: accompanying people in their development. My life showed me how hard it is to maintain the path chosen with heart – due to comparisons, fears and what other people envision for you. I want to work in a harmony with myself and my values. I believe that it will lead me as far as I want to go.
Every time I get a message like “I know that we’ve never met but I’d like to thank you” or “Thanks to Carrots I decided to change something in my life and now I feel that I’m in the right place. I’m happy.” No award or meeting with any VIP could make me prouder than that. There is nothing more beautiful than a message like this.
If a wave is high, all ships rise with it. It concerns all people. When there is a problem, it affects us all. Lack of support and putting obstacles in someone’s way comes from weakness, fear and not believing in oneself. Girls, let’s be courageous and strong!
Start with yourself. I’d like to quote [Persian poet] Rumi: “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” There is no better way to inspire others than being living proof that anything is possible.
1 ISACA Global Survey Report
It was her own experience as a university student that motivated social entrepreneur Lynn Pinugu to give underprivileged children and women from impoverished communities in Manila a way to break out of poverty. The solution: education. Her studies in journalism and sociology, as well as her future, were threatened when Lynn’s mother lost her job in 2008. She was only able to finish college after she entered and won an essay competition that provided her with a scholarship.
Humbled by the experience, and just 24 years old, she co-founded Mano Amiga Philippines, a social enterprise that not only serves as a school, but also as a community centre where children and their families can receive basic nutrition and health services. “All the opportunities that I’ve had access to so far were because of the fact that somebody decided to invest in my potential,” she says. Her goal now is to lead the sustainable scale-up of Mano Amiga in 15 new locations nationwide by 2025.
At 32, Lynn has already won many honors and awards: she was a recipient of the Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (Towns) Award for Social Enterprise and Education in 2013. She was also chosen to represent Philippines in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, where she was also recognized as a Global Shaper.
I am the co-founder of Mano Amiga Philippines, a social enterprise that provides high-quality education and sustainable livelihoods to underprivileged children and disadvantaged women from impoverished communities. I am also the co-founder of She Talks Asia, a media platform that seeks to elevate the discourse about women’s issues through online stories and on-the-ground-conferences.
I strongly believe in the power of knowledge and education to transform a person’s life. As a former university student, I have experienced firsthand how an investment in one’s potential could equip an individual with the capacity to change his/her future. This experience has given me a profound sense of gratitude and serves as my ‘why’ for all the initiatives I pursue.
Our goal for our programmes is to empower individuals to be self-sufficient, so that they may have the tools and necessary support to defeat poverty themselves. This constantly exposes me to amazing women who were able to overcome huge obstacles by responding to life’s challenges with determination and resilience. I hope to inspire others by continuing to share these stories of triumphs and transformation from which other women can draw strength and valuable insights.
Be your own self’s biggest supporter. You are beautiful, brave, and worthy. Do not ever doubt the power of your unique voice and capabilities to change the world for the better.
Even though the proportion of women in higher education has increased over the years, the percentage of women enrolled in science, math and related disciplines remains low. In order to change the striking gender imbalance in science and tech workplaces, women need to be introduced to technology early on, with a focus on training them to become professionals and entrepreneurs.
With this is mind, Argentinian graphic designer Mariana Varela, along with other female entrepreneurs, created Chicas en Tecnología (Girls in Technology), a non-profit organization that seeks to close the gender gap in technology by motivating, empowering and increasing the knowledge and enthusiasm of young women in these areas.
I’m a graphic designer and co-founder of Chicas en Tecnología (Girls in Technology).
I have always worked in the website, apps and software development industry, and there used to be very few girls in this area. With my friends, who later became co-founders, I used to wonder: what kind of mark can we leave on technical developments, inventions and services if there is such a small number of women in this field?
Our purpose was to work on reducing the gender gap, and encouraging, motivating and creating a new generation of women innovators in technology and entrepreneurship. After noticing this lack of diversity and knowing that a team with different visions and contexts would work better and generate better products, we decided to create Chicas en Tecnología (CET) so that more women could consider technology as a professional option.
Our dream is to close the gender gap in technology and create diversified work groups.
When we were able to reach more than 400 female graduates from all over the country. We know of girls who kept working on their own projects several months after following our programme.
At CET we always work in teams. We make sure they have this as a takeaway lesson. We want them to learn to LISTEN to each other, to support each other, to understand each other. There is a myth that says that women do not get along, which I don’t think is true. When they work together they learn to turn a project into reality and this is true even with teenagers.
Teens and girls have a lot to learn but it is important for them to feel that they also have something to teach and contribute. There is a lot to do: you just need passion and endurance. Starting small, supporting your community also generates a big impact.
I believe there is a creative spark inside each woman. I think that empowerment means to feed that spark so that it turns into fire, into a driving force for our dreams and projects.
In my opinion, it is to give women a rightful place, to raise them so that they don’t experience the gender gap. Everybody has the same chance to succeed, beyond our gender.
Of course I do. Feminism is, without a doubt, improving societies and making the world a better place for everyone.
A “weird” girl who fulfilled her dreams. That’s the way strong-minded Mexican Martha Briones describes herself. From an early age, this fan of videogames has always been determined to make a difference. Encouraged by her grandmother, she is the third generation of Avon Representatives in her family, which is from San Luiz de la Paz in the state of Guanajuato.
“When my mom became a Representative, my family's economic situation improved, but when it came the time for me to choose a career and a university, we didn’t know how to afford the expenses,” recalls Martha, who then decided to join Avon in a search for independence. “Thanks to that, I am now a year away from finishing my architecture degree, I have an apartment and I can afford my expenses,” she explains.
Having experienced a difficult reality, Martha now wants to give back to her community by using her degree to give the underprivileged more than simply a roof over their heads: “I want to help people who need affordable and sustainable housing.”
I’m a different kind of girl. I loved videogames since I was 3 years old and I have always been a tomboy. I grew up in a loving family. My mother is a single mom, and has always taken care of my grandparents, my sister and me. While my mom was working, I stayed at home with my grandmother, who was one of the most influential and inspiring women in my life. I am a girl who is not afraid to say what she thinks, I do what I like no matter what others think. I am strong, independent and proud to be different.
The first one to be part of Avon was my grandmother, she used to sell products. My mom also became a representative after being encouraged by my grandmother. When this happened, my family's economic situation improved, but when it came the time for me to choose a career and a university, we didn’t know how to afford the expenses. Then my grandmother and my mother told me to become an Avon Rep, and I did. Thanks to that, I am now a year away from finishing my degree in architecture, I have an apartment and I can pay my bills.
My biggest motivation was my family, I wanted them to feel proud of me. It also motivates me to become an example, someone who shows that anything is possible, that if a weird girl could fulfill her dreams, then they can do it. It motivates me to help them to aspire to big things and to raise their voices.
I want to fulfill my dream of having a career to support my family and give them a good life, and I chose to study architecture to help people who need sustainable and adequate housing.
My first day at university. It was taking the first step towards a new life. I felt courageous, powerful and independent. I felt proud to have gotten there, and I knew that it was the first step on the way towards big things.
Because unity is strength, two is always better than one. When someone feels supported there is nothing that can hold us back. Knowing that other people believe in you makes you push harder and encourages you to do great things. Without the support of my family, I would not be where I am now. My mother and my grandmother gave me the strength to go out into the world in search of my dreams. It was their constant support, every phone call before a big assignment was due, and every message just before my exams.
It’s hard to fail, but not having tried is much worse. Keep dreaming because one day you'll get everything you dreamed of. Let's shatter the barrier of fear.
Across the world, one out of 8 women will experience breast cancer in their lifetimes. Marzena Michalec of Poland was one of them, in a battle she recently won. “It made me realize how little I knew about prevention,” she recalls.
During her research into this issue, Marzena decided to share her experience. Thanks to that, she now runs the Women’s Run Foundation, which promotes a healthy lifestyle through various sporting events. Last year, more than 7,000 women took part in her events, “however, it’s a drop in the bucket since every year 5,000 women die of breast cancer because they are not aware of the need to get tested,” she says.
A vegan, an animal lover, and a person who believes nothing is impossible, Marzena wants every Polish woman, regardless of her age, to be aware of her health and to talk about her health.
I am an active woman who likes to keep busy and I’ve run my own business for the last five years. I’m writing a blog and I manage a foundation that organises sporting events. I love running – that’s why so many things I do are related to this. I grew up with this activity and for me it’s a way to find that life balance. For the last three years I’ve shared my passion by organizing a cycling event – “Anita Zawsze Pier(w)si Women’s Run” [which includes a pun in Polish that involves the words ‘first’ and ‘breast’]. I’m a vegan, animal lover and a person who believes nothing is impossible.
The best ideas come from passion and if we patiently devote ourselves to them, we will find a way to happiness! This philosophy led me to my project, which from the very beginning reflects my love of running. I decided to share my source of endorphins with other women and give them a feeling of satisfaction. The result is a calendar of special running events that takes place all over Poland.
I only recently ended a battle against breast cancer. It made me realize how little I knew about prevention. During my research into this issue, I met many women who defeated cancer. That was a moment when I decided to share my experience. Thanks to that, many women in Poland have been running to raise breast-health awareness over the last three years – last year more than 7,000 women took part in the events! However, it’s a drop in the bucket since every year 5,000 women die of breast cancer because they are not aware of the need to get tested.
My biggest dream is that every Polish woman, regardless of age, is completely aware that she should take care of her health. I want women to support each other with solidarity. I want to talk about prevention freely with all women, I want them to share their experiences and talk about health as much as any other everyday subject.
I also dream about organising the first women’s half-marathon and marathon [in Poland] as part of my project.
Every time I stand on stage a moment before the start of a run, I see the hundreds of women running for the cause and I feel very moved. Many of them are running for the first time, many of them had only recently become aware of what the latest in breast testing is and why it’s so important. Today, they are aware runners who started this beautiful adventure at my event. Every time I see them, it’s a reason to be proud.
Nobody knows us better than ourselves. Our bodies are unique, but there is something that connects us – our femininity. We are mothers, great organizers, we can share empathy and care. Thanks to our shared determination, we made a real change over the centuries. It’s proof that we can make a difference! Now we are mothers, independent women and it’s time to be concerned about our own health. Women still die too early, just because they don’t get tested in time.
Have the courage to change the world! Do you really think that this is only the privilege of certain chosen ones? That’s not true. Every one of us can promote a positive change. It’s a challenge but it’s also an adventure, so don’t be afraid! Your small step forward can be a new beginning of something great. Something that will turn your life upside down, but it will bring you happiness and satisfaction. March 8th is not supposed to be a day for changing everything. Let it be an occasion to make the first step. I did it some time ago and I don’t regret it – now it’s your time!
“Little black girl/“Exotic” doesn’t mean “gorgeous”/You’re not “kinda cute”/You’re a queen”. If you don’t know MC Soffia yet, you certainly will someday – and perhaps when she reaches her dream of performing alongside major hip-hop and pop names like Beyoncé, who is one of her idols. At only 13 years of age, this fearless rapper tackles Brazil’s racial inequality, which is still an uphill battle for more than half the population that is black or mixed race. “What motivates me is helping other black girls to love themselves and to not suffer anymore,” says young Brazilian rapper.
MC Soffia has been singing since she was six, encouraged by her mother, who began taking her to hip-hop events to build her self-confidence. This was in reaction to Soffia being a victim of racism at school. “A classmate said I was black because when I was a baby I fell into a can of black paint,” says Soffia, who is now nationally known, and has graced the cover of magazines.
I'm a hip-hop singer. I started singing when I was six years old and I intend to keep singing for the rest of my life. I sing to inspire girls to accept and love themselves. I not only sing for black girls, but for all children, for all women and for all people out there as well.
I sing hip-hop to inspire girls. What motivates me is to help other black girls to love themselves and to not suffer anymore. I want to encourage all black children to be proud of their hair, their skin colour and their noses, and to understand why they’ve got those features. I share my message when I sing. What motivates me the most is feeling joy and happiness.
My dream is to keep singing and to know that children are happy, accepting, enjoying themselves. My dream is to sing with Beyoncé, you know? I would love to sing with famous people and become famous too.
It was when I sang at the Olympics [Sofia was the youngest artist to perform in the opening ceremony of the Olympics 2016 in Rio de Janeiro]. That's when I saw that people enjoyed my work. It made me feel it was right to keep going and that I was already helping many girls.
We’ve got to help each other. We must avoid speaking badly of other girls or saying that women are jealous or that they must be criticized for being this or that. Women have to lean in. Even if a girl is doing the same job as yours, support her. It is important that all women work.
Continue supporting other people, after all, the best way to fight racism is through knowledge. Each one of us can help in a certain way. There is not just one way to help. Regardless of the form, be it through a poem, music, dance, or paper and pencil, what matters is to continue to contribute to make the world a better place.
In her first marriage, Panmela Castro was a victim of domestic violence. Although she filed a complaint against her partner, nothing happened. In 2006, ground-breaking legislation on gender violence was passed in Brazil, known as the Maria da Penha Law. Panmela, also known as Anarkia Boladona, decided to turn her striking, colorful murals into a powerful platform to promote the law and to raise awareness of women’s rights.
Panmela, whose work today is recognised and featured worldwide, is also the founder of NAMI, a feminist network of artists who use art as its main tool to transform a machismo culture and spread the word on feminism.
I am a visual artist and my main areas of interest are the female body in dialogue with the urban landscape and questions about otherness and gender binarism. I paint and produce performances to talk about violence against women on several platforms, including photography, video and internationally known mural paintings. In 2010, I founded the NAMI Network, a feminist organization that uses urban arts to promote women's rights, primarily ending domestic violence.
In my first marriage I was a victim of domestic violence and at that time the Maria da Penha Law didn’t exist [The Maria da Penha Law was passed in August 2006 in Brazil with the intent of reducing violence against women. The name of the law is a tribute to Maria da Penha Maia, a woman whose ex-husband attempted to murder her twice, causing her to become paraplegic. Today she is a notable figure in the fight for women's rights in Brazil]. Although I filed a complaint against my partner, nothing happened. For this reason, I founded my organisation so that I could work more directly to promote the Maria da Penha Law.
A world free of violence against women.
Every time women reach out to me to tell their stories and to express how important my work is for them.
One of the images I paint in my murals are of two women connected by their hair. They are sisters, but not blood sisters, they are sisters of ideas. That’s how I think about sisterhood and the importance of fighting together for our rights.
I often find myself thinking about how small my work is compared with the number of women going through difficult situations, but when I realise that there are thousands of other women who, like me, are also struggling to change the world, I’m convinced that our work is huge.
All women and girls have the right to walk freely, without fear of being assaulted, regardless of their age, what they’re wearing, or whether it’s day or night. However, several studies prove that street harassment continues in several parts of the world. A survey conducted in 2015 by the Chilean Observatory Against Street Harassment (OCAC) revealed that 75% of the Chilean population has suffered street harassment. In the case of women, figures are overwhelming: 85% has suffered this traumatic experience. Young people are the most vulnerable group: 97% of them have been harassed, half at least once a week and two out of ten on a daily basis.
“Like me, I think many women have joined OCAC driven by an intuition that there was a problem and we wanted to help solve it. It was our opportunity to raise our voices and realize that we could do something for a common good,” says Paulina Rojas. At 33, she is the Director of OCAC, which was the main promoter of a street respect bill, which awaits discussion within the Chilean Chamber of Senators. Today, there is no legal mechanism in Chile to denounce perpetrators or protect the victims, which makes it difficult to make complaints and prevent future attacks.
I am an optimistic person. I believe that things can change and that problems can be solved. I like working actively to solve problems, that’s why the work at OCAC is so important for me. Not only do we report street harassment as a type of violence, but we also work every day to wipe it out by educating on the streets, at different education institutions and on social networking websites. I strongly believe in the collective power because it’s much better to work on a cause with other people who challenge you and from whom you can also learn. This is what we experience every day when working at OCAC.
I joined OCAC in March 2015 thanks to an article that I read about its mission, which showed how this foundation noticed a problem that women so frequently experience: sexual harassment on the streets. After reading it, I offered to volunteer. Like me, I think many women have joined OCAC driven by an intuition that there was a problem and we wanted to help solve it. Many of us did not know each other when we first came to OCAC and now we are all fighting for the same goal. It was our opportunity to raise our voices and realize that we could do something for the common good.
I dream of a change of paradigm, leaving individualism aside and living in a more equal society where discrimination due to ethnicity, gender and different abilities ceases to exist; a society in which we don’t see each other as individuals but as a group because problems concern both men and women.
When society started talking about street harassment as a type of violence. Today we talk about it at home, at schools, and in families. I hope that the Street Respect Act will be passed soon in Chile. The aim of this act is to punish these kinds of actions. We have given this problem a name and now we want mechanisms for reporting these actions and legal consequences.
We have always been taught to compete with each other, but we must realize that we are stronger if we do things together. We must apply the sisterhood concept, which seeks an alliance among women, for us to make social changes, recognising ourselves as different and free.
It is very encouraging to know that we are many, and that every day there are more and more women working for equality, not just at organisations but also in their daily lives. I would like to tell them that they can all make a difference in their own lives, families and jobs. Therefore, I invite them to get to know organisations such as OCAC and to join them to achieve greater and faster change.
We were taught that there is always something missing, we are constantly seeking perfection. To me, empowerment means accepting that we are not perfect; recognising that we have strengths and weaknesses. Perfection is achieved in a group because this is when individual weaknesses are eliminated, and one can cause greater impact.
To me, being a feminist means asking oneself about the world. Why do women earn less money than men? Why is it normal that men say whatever they like when we are on the street? Why are women in charge of housework? We must question this, we don’t have to accept or believe that these patriarchal structures are normal. This is where the feminist struggle arises, but be careful: it’s not a struggle against men, it’s a movement against the system that maintains and validates these kinds of inequalities.
Yes, I am a feminist and I work every day to be more of a feminist. We are all daughters of the patriarchy and I have chosen to break that social agreement by starting to work actively together with the OCAC and to fight street harassment.
At age 24, brand consultant and creativity junkie Victoria Herrera Ieft Manila to explore other parts of Asia. Even though she seemed outwardly successful, deep down she was feeling anxious and depressed. Victoria believed that a change of scenery might help. From Singapore to Hong Kong, ventured into industries like streetwear, technology and startups. At the same time, talking to people from all over the world helped her healing process – and sparked an idea.
Back in Manila, she founded She Talks Asia, a project born out of the observation that society lacks more positive messages for women in the media. “We wanted women to talk to each other more versus competing or acting fake, having them believe in themselves more,” she explains.
As I was growing up, I worked as a model, writer, TV host, radio DJ, and I had a retail store that I co-owned with my siblings. As long as it was in the creative industry, I would do anything to keep my brain on fire and to grow my skill set.
At 24, I Ieft Manila to explore other parts of Asia. The truth is that I was going through some sort of depression and anxiety, so I felt that a change of scenery would help me out. Even if I was outwardly "successful" I was not feeling happy on the inside.
I lived in Singapore for two and a half years and then in Hong Kong for another two, dipping my toes into industries like streetwear and tech/start-ups. At the same time, I also found myself learning more about mental health, healing, and spirituality.
Talking to people from different cultures outside my usual circles was inspiring. I learned so much from what everyone had to share that it really helped me with my own healing journey. In 2016, I took a life coaching course and decided to move back to Manila to bridge my passions for helping people in the creative industries.
We wanted women to talk to each other more versus competing or acting fake. We wanted women to believe in themselves more. We wanted women to heal after a heartbreak. Basically, everything we've also gone through and helped each other with. Everything that was painful, we wanted to bring to light so women can find resources for healing.
Last year, we decided to hold our first conference- completely out of passion- and we found out that the idea worked well, so we continued to really grow this idea. It's been a challenge learning how to structure and grow, but the energy we have for this keeps burning and we always get new ideas on how we can make every event better. Now we are planning our third and fourth conferences and the ideas and energy just keep flowing.
As long as someone can leave our website or conference feeling a little bit better, a little less lonely, a bit more whole- if they can pick up knowledge that can help them heal - I'd feel really happy with that. My dream is really to bring this message to younger minds so that this becomes the new normal for them. Can you imagine that? Self-love being normal, for say, an 11-year-old growing up? I would love to see a world where self-love, kindness, and compassion are the new normal.
Watching our team grow personally as much as professionally. Everyone shares their lessons and you can see everyone going through every week with some sort of new insight. I love the culture we are building at our company. Also, just watching the audience in the crowd react to every speaker or panel- seeing their faces brighten up or absorbing every message. It's so heartwarming to see. Watching our speakers step out of their comfort zone and share their message as well. Watching everyone working with us to win.
Because life is already so difficult as it is! Can't we just get along? I think re-training our brains to support instead of competing can help so many women achieve more things versus us tearing each other down all the time.
I've been hurt, and I have hurt other women, so I know that it's not fun on either side. I feel angry when I am hurt, and I feel ashamed when my jealousy takes over and when I just didn't know how to handle emotions. I think with the right dialogue, internal reflection, and a trusted confidant we can share things with - we can really see where our wounds are rooted and find the right ways to heal them. Sometimes it's not even about another woman after all, but something within ourselves we feel we lack or are insecure about.
Trust yourself and your ideas. Know that courage is not an overnight feeling- it's built through every step. Find a loyal support system/team that gives energy to you and your purpose, and vice-versa; show the same love and support back. Stay curious, learn from every setback, and stay grateful. Pray.