“I’m here in Washington, D.C., today with the Avon Foundation for Women to help speak out against domestic violence,” the “Fergalicious” singer and Avon Foundation Global Ambassador says. “I’m here to announce the new Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence.”
In 2010, Avon, the Avon Foundation, Vital Voices and the U.S. Department of State all got together to create the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women. Now they’re expanding to get even more accomplished.
“The Global Partnership has seen firsthand that although laws do exist to protect women and punish their abusers, in many countries they aren’t applied effectively and consistently,” Fergie explains. “We have these laws, and they aren’t being enforced. Women are being left unprotected and their abusers are walking away. It has to stop.”
She goes on to say, “Avon, Vital Voices and the State Department have once again collaborated to create a new initiative of their global partnership, this time aimed at helping communities and countries to better apply and enforce their laws. … The new Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence is designed to ensure that laws achieve their purpose.”
Fergie is feeling really inspired about what’s going on here, because together we can make this a world without abuse. Remember that abuse is never OK, and if you’re ever in a situation in which your partner is abusing you, help is available. Call 1-866-331-9474 or text “loveis” to 22522 to get aid from Love Is Respect.
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