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On the occasion of November 25, the date of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Kering Foundation's partner "Fédération Nationale Solidarité Femmes" (FNSF) made a short film called "The Phone" to raise awareness of domestic violence. The big French TV channels TF1 and France Télévisions will broadcast the spot from next week on and around March 8, on International Women's Day.
Each year, Solidarité Femmes associations supports more than 30,000 women in France and houses 6000 women and children.
One in three women around the world is beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. This is the stark fact that adorns the cover of the Kering Foundation Activity Report 2009-2013, which is now available online. It was also the impetus for setting up the Foundation to combat violence against women in 2009.
The report puts into perspective five years of long-term actions with facts and figures related to VAW, and the progress being made on this issue. Across the world, movements are underway to raise awareness, combat violence and change behaviours. Since its inception in 2009 the then-called PPR Foundation for Women’s Dignity and Rights has been fighting violence against women. Over the years, the Foundation has worked in partnership with 47 NGOs, for the benefit of more than 140,000 women worldwide, 80,000 in the last year alone.
In addition to celebrating some of the Foundation’s long-standing NGO partnerships, the report highlights its support through sustainable projects involving local communities and public authorities. It also includes testimonials from employees, experts, associations and beneficiaries who explain the impact of these projects in their own words.
As a 2012 winner of the Kering Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurs Awards, Relmu Witral has benefited from a 1-year mentoring from a Volcom employee on marketing and distribution strategies.
The collaboration has led to a co-branded product, a “Give Back Series” of 1,200 Fair Trade certified beanies, produced by the Mapuche weavers. The series will be in store worldwide from 1st November to 1st December (see the list of participating stores).
Learn more about Relmu Witral: Project sheet
Learn more about Volcom: Volcom New Future blog!
Watch the stories of girls illustrating the complex cultural issues tied to child marriage in Niger and Zambie in the Chime for Change editorial platform.
Watch here the video created by Plan International: In Dosso, Niger 13-year-old Mariama has just discovered that she will be married in a few days time. Mariama's mother was worried that her daughter would have a child out of wedlock and then no one would marry her so she accepted 100,00 CFA (200 USD) as a dowry from a local market trader in his mid-20s.
This is how Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, commented the WHO Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence against Women. The report confirms that over 1/3 of women suffer at some point in their lives from physical or sexual violence. Figures that concern for women 15 years of age and older and concern all regions of the world, whatever the national income level is.
The report calls for a major scaling up of global efforts to prevent all kinds of violence against women by addressing the social and cultural factors behind it.