CARRYING ON OUR MISSION WITH RESOLVE
Since the Foundation’s inception, our mission has been to support women impacted by violence. We act with key partners to achieve real change: supporting survivor-centered services, implementing programs to promote gender-equality with the youth and mobilizing our networks to join this combat.
For women in different countries, cultures and situations to access the support they need, we partner with a cross-section of local experts. Survivor organizations providing frontline support at a nationwide level; specialized services addressing specific gender violence issues such as Female Genital Mutilation; Women’s Funds who support grassroots initiatives; and finally innovators of alternative models that can be scaled up: such as open-source online tools.
La Maison des femmes de Saint-Denis, Partner since 2014
La Maison des femmes de Saint-Denis is the first French comprehensive center for women that provides access to 60 professionals including doctors, social workers and lawyers offering tailored support across four units: domestic violence, sexual abuse and rape, family planning, and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
More than 15,000 consultations were conducted at La Maison des femmes de Saint-Denis in 2021.
CHANGING BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE
In order to break the intergenerational cycle of violence, we address its root causes. The Kering Foundation supports programs that work with the youth, and in particular boys and men, in transforming harmful gender norms and attitudes, to promote gender equality.
We also partner with organizations that work with those most vulnerable to violence, as well as victims of sexual abuse and incest. In the US, men exposed to physical or sexual abuse as children are almost 4 times more likely to perpetrate domestic violence as adults. By focusing on young victims, our prevention partners seek to protect women and children by shifting learned behaviors to end patterns of abuse.
"For me these violent acts had always been normal, since it was what I had learned at home. Here I realized that they were actually violent behaviors. Fellow group members taught me how to resolve conflict.”
Beneficiary of Gendes, a Kering Foundation partner since 2018
TAKING COLLECTIVE ACTION TO STAND AGAINST VIOLENCE
The Kering Foundation is proud to play a leadership role in encouraging other players to implement changes in policy and in practice to better combat violence against women. In 2018, the Kering Foundation co-founded One In Three Women, the first European network of 16 companies engaged into supporting survivors amongst their own employees with concrete measures, such as the use of toolkits, training, corporate policies and online learning.
A 2019 One In Three Women study found that over 50% of survivors reported issues at work due to domestic violence.
Since 2011, in order to create a supportive workplace at Kering, all employees have been invited to take part in internal training on domestic violence. We also offer employees the opportunity to get involved by volunteering their skills to Foundation partners.
1,900 Kering employees have taken part in domestic violence awareness trainings.