Thursday, March 06, 2008
We Love Reese!
I knew that Reese Witherspoon was a good icon for my posts about The Witherspoon Society. Reese does good work in her own right. This was in today's Johnson City Press:
Witherspoon works to end violence against women
UNITED NATIONS — Reese Witherspoon was at the U.N. on Tuesday as part of an effort to raise money for a fund to end violence against women worldwide.
The Academy Award-winning actress from Nashville, Tenn., was promoting a $3 bracelet with an infinity symbol signifying opportunities for women. She is the paid “global ambassador” and global face for Avon Products, Inc.
The Avon Foundation pledged to match the first $500,000 in sales of the “Women’s Empowerment Bracelet.”
Witherspoon said the money would go to a trust fund managed by the U.N. Development Fund for Women, or UNIFEM, to provide more education and job training for women and to push for new laws that benefit their standing in some countries.
“Every economic opportunity created for a woman helps a child, helps a community and raises awareness and education,” Witherspoon said. “Women who feel economically empowered are much more likely to stand up for their own rights, and the rights of their children.”