Empowering Women and Children, One Step at a Time

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Empowering Women and Children, One Step at a Time

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#MaryKay China represents the company at a recent UN Summit in New York. http://3bl.me/4rryhv
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 9:15am

At Mary Kay, we’re committed to enriching women’s lives. Whether that’s through our irresistible products, rewarding opportunity or our positive community impact in the places where we live and work, we’re committed to making a positive change in the world. Most recently, Mary Kay’s work to support various women's issues, education for girls and efforts to end domestic violence were highlighted on an international level at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit. 

Traveling from Shanghai to New York, I had the opportunity to attend two United Nations events on behalf of Mary Kay China. This was my first time to attend a UN summit, so this was a new experience for me! More than 150 world leaders came together to pass a new agenda to promote world peace, prosperity and sustainable development. 

I had the honor of delivering the keynote speech at the “Empowering Women and Sustainability Development Summit” about the role of business organizations in empowering women. That same day, as we stood in Times Square amidst the dazzling neon lights and skyscrapers was a 3,685-square foot LED sign with Mary Kay’s logo and mission “Enriching Women’s Lives”. It was quite a sight to see! 

I was also able to participate in the “Every Woman, Every Child” event, hosted by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, which aims to provide relief and improve the lives of women and children around the world. This was something I was very excited about since this aligns with so much of what we do at Mary Kay China, but also because Madam Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, was speaking at this event.

These two events resonated with what we do at Mary Kay to make a difference. In China, the Mary Kay Women’s Small Business Fund helps 70,000 women obtain interest-free loans and start their own businesses.  We also have a “gratitude” non-profit fund that is supported by our employees and the independent sales force to remove the impact of congenital diseases in children with cleft lip and palate operations. I am so thankful for the opportunity to lead Mary Kay China’s philanthropic programs that help people in need.  I believe that every little step makes a huge difference in enriching women’s lives!  

Today's blog is from Coco Zhang, Vice President of External Affairs at Mary Kay China. Coco has worked at Mary Kay for more than 18 years and oversees government affairs, media relations, corporate social responsibility and customer service for Mary Kay China.

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