On Thursday 14 July, Avon Cosmetics and Women’s Aid honoured the incredible achievements of some of the UK’s most inspirational women at the Avon and Women’s Aid Empowering Women Awards 2011 and we are proud to announce the winners!
Women's Aid CEO Nicola Harwin, Ambassador Charlie Webster, Supporter Alesha Dixon, Avon's National Sales Director Angela Tucker, Editor in Chief of Marie Claire Trish Halpin
Presented by judge Alesha Dixon. When he was 14 Alec stayed in a refuge for a year after fleeing his family home with his mother and sisters, who all suffered physical, mental and emotional abuse at the hands of his step-father. Channeling his traumatic childhood experience into his passion for drama, Alec has since written and directed a film on domestic violence to highlight the impact it has on young people.
Woman Survivor of the Year - Sadi Khan
Presented by Women’s Aid patron Sarah Brown and Nicola Harwin, chief executive of Women’s Aid. Sadi, a British born Kashmiri, suffered psychological and physical abuse for five years following her arranged marriage at the age of 19. She found the courage to divorce her husband and is now a strong, independent, business woman with a son aged ten, who nominated her for this award.
Marie Claire Campaigner Against Domestic Violence - Dickie Chester-James
Presented by Fiona Mactaggart, MP and editor of Marie Claire magazine Trish Halpin.
A domestic violence survivor and current chief executive of Staffordshire’s Women’s Aid, Dickie has shown unfaltering commitment and relentless campaigning for the cause over the past 20 years. Her dedication has seen her help thousands of women in the Staffordshire area.
Grass Roots Hero - Val Corbett
Presented by Avon’s National Sales Director, Angela Tucker, and actress Fay Ripley.
Inspired by her own experience of domestic violence, Val founded Dacorum Women’s Aid in 1975 - the first refuge for women and children fleeing from abuse and domestic violence. Val has worked tirelessly, completely unpaid, for over 36 years to help break down barriers around domestic abuse in her local community so that fewer women and children suffer.
This year’s inspirational winners were initially nominated by the public before being selected by a judging panel of leading women including Alesha Dixon, Sarah Brown, TV presenter and child survivor of domestic violence Charlie Webster, senior vice president of Avon WEMEA Anna Segatti, Women’s Aid chief executive Nicola Harwin, CBE and Marie Claire editor Trish Halpin.
Nicola Harwin CBE, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said: "One in four women suffers from domestic abuse during her lifetime and two women are killed each week by a violent current or former partner. Women’s Aid and Avon are proud that for the second year these awards are making sure that the experiences of survivors and those who help them are brought into the spotlight so that those who are suffering in silence right now can find a way out."
Anna Segatti, senior vice president of Avon WEMEA says: "As Avon celebrates 125 years of empowering women, we’re proud to be recognising some of today’s most inspirational and brave women in the UK. Through our ongoing work with Women’s Aid we are committed to helping end violence against women. These awards play an important part in our continuing mission to break down the silence that surrounds the ugly issue of domestic abuse."
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Avon's National Sales Director Angela Tucker, Women's Aid Ambassador Charlie
Webster, Women's Aid Chief Executive Nicola Harwin CBE, Women's Aid
Supporter Alesha Dixon