Behind closed doors, another scourge that is not Covid-19 runs rampant. Incidence of domestic abuse increases as the lockdown traps victims with their abusers. A National Demographic Health Survey records that one in four women has experienced abuse by her partner. Also, data from the PNP Women & Children Protection Center says that at least one woman or child is abused every 10 minutes in the country.
This other pandemic is the subject of the #SpeakOut Art Collective, a collaboration between Filipino women artists and Avon Philippines. Fourteen contemporary works from the all-female lineup deliver a commentary on domestic violence, bringing to light a problem that evades discourse, unlike Covid-19.
The art collective features the works of visual artists Denise Heredia, Nicole Concepcion, Ciane Xavier, Gabby Prado, Cru Camara, Tyang Karyel, Mara Fabella, Tammy De Roca, Bea Policarpio and Bree Jonson.
Musicians who contributed their voices to the cause were Kiana Valenciano and Peaceful Gemini, through exclusive performances at the online launch on 19 March, via Avon’s Facebook page.
Proceeds raised from the auction will be donated to partner organizations that rescue and support victims of domestic violence.
To raise more funds for the advocacy, Avon also launched limited-edition #SpeakOut products: the Avon #SpeakOut Lipstick, the Evita watch, the Avon Love yourself jewelry set and the women’s empowerment umbrella.
“We call on everyone to go online and speak out against domestic violence,” says Razvan Diratian, general manager of Avon Philippines. “Through this effort, we are hoping to spark more conversations and increase more awareness on the realities of domestic abuse caused by the isolation. We want to let survivors know that they are never alone.”
The #SpeakOut Art Collective is the latest in Avon’s decades-long crusade against domestic violence. In 2020, the Avon Foundation for Women donated $1 million to organizations that provide rescue and rehabilitation services to women and children at risk.
In the Philippines, almost P5 million were donated to its partner organizations across the country: Luna Legal Resource Center for Women and Children, Gender Watch Against Violence and Exploitation (GWAVE), Women’s Care Center Inc. (WCCI) and ING MAKABABAYING AKSYON (IMA) Foundation.
Anyone can extend their support to the cause through Avon’s various fundraising channels at Avon.ph and other ways to donate. Visit the site to browse the art pieces for sale or purchase any of Avon’s limited-edition fundraising products.