LOS ANGELES, Jun 13, 2008 / FW/ — In her silver screen roles, Reese Witherspoon had empowered women. This time, she is doing it for real as the Avon Global Ambassador and Honorary Chairman of the Avon Foundation.
With women’s issues as its main concern, the Avon Foundation focuses on breast cancer, domestic violence and emergency relief initiatives. During her trip to Japan, Reese Witherspoon spoke on the lack of support for women in the Asia region suffering from breast cancer.
In Kochuan, Tokyo, Ms. Witherspoon attended an intimate Tea Ceremony dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono, which was made by a designer from the same family that has dressed the Japanese Imperial Family for weddings since 1952.
The Tea Ceremony, which is a multi-faceted traditional activity designed to capture the spirit of healing the body, mind and soul, offered an open forum to discuss breast cancer issues and needs in Asia, which is a critical topic due to a lack of screening facilities and the stigma still often faced by those diagnosed with the disease
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