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Forbes Makes A Case For Feminist Hashtag Campaigns

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While gender equality is still a distant goal, writer Jill Castellano shows how social media, hashtags in particular, is helping the world to bridge the distance. Her fact-substantiated and impassioned story on Forbes.com lists the most viral feminist hashtag campaigns in the past year that have magnified “calls for gender equality across the globe”.

Emma Watson’s UN #HeforShe campaign, which lays part of the onus of women’s empowerment on men, #WhyIStayed, the rallying support for domestic abuse, #IllRideWithYou, the widespread assurance of protection from Australians to Muslim women and actor Reese Witherspoon’s plea asking interviewers to #AskHerMore on the red carpet, were all “an integral part of mobilizing campaigns in support of women,” she writes.

“Feminist hashtag campaigns are a vehicle to unite millions of people behind the goal of gender equality that earlier generations could barely have imagined,” Castellano concludes, “With the almighty hashtag, everyone and anyone can be an activist and a supporter.”

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE AND READ ABOUT EMMA WATSON’S #HEFORSHE CAMPAIGN HERE.

The Clinton Foundation, The Salvation Army And Star Sports India Create Compelling Campaigns To Celebrate Women’s Day

Posted by | Advertising, Art, Beauty, Digital Media, Digital News, Empowerment, Fashion, Film, Social Initiative, Social Media, Uncategorized, Women in Business, Women in Media

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International Women’s Day 2015 saw high-profile brands create strong campaigns to address issues ranging from violence against women to gender equality.

Last week #TheDress went inexplicably viral but the South African branch of the Salvation Army gave the hashtag an intelligent and more meaningful spin for Women’s Day, using it to raise awareness about domestic violence.

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The Clinton Foundation made prominent American women, including TV show host Padma Lakshmi, actor Scarlett Johansson and cultural icon Rosie the Riveter, vanish from billboards, bus shelters and magazine covers on March 8. The Not There campaign, created in collaboration with advertising agency Droga5, was designed to draw attention to the Foundation’s No Ceiling’s initiative, using media platforms to present the idea that women are “not there” yet in terms of equality.

Star Sports India released a video ode to the country’s sportswomen with #CheckOutMyGame, which featured champions like boxer Mary Kom and badminton player Saina Nehwal. Opening with the question “You want to check out my game?”, a play on the line commonly used by men who objectify women, the video then makes the viewer shift focus to the sportswomen’s athletic prowess.

“Purpose-driven marketing campaigns have taken off in recent years, as companies look for new ways to connect with their consumers,” said Jim Stengel in New York Times, former CMO at Procter & Gamble. #futureisfemale is the trending topic that creates the strongest connect.

 

READ MORE ABOUT THE CLINTON FOUNDATION’S CAMPAIGN HERE AND PANTENE’S SORRY, WE’RE NOT SORRY ADVERTISEMENT HERE

NO MORE’s Official Super Bowl Ad Calls Attention To Domestic Violence

Posted by | Advertising, Digital Media, Empowerment, Social Initiative

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NO MORE’s gripping PSA for the National Football League’s (NFL) Super Bowl is reportedly based on a true story, which went viral on Reddit last year. A former 911 dispatcher recalled taking a call from a woman who pretended to order a pizza in order to get police to respond to her home without alerting her abuser. After reenacting the call, the 60-second spot ends with the compelling words: “When it’s hard to talk, it’s up to us to listen.”

This isn’t the first collaboration between the NFL and No More; previously they created a series of PSAs titled “Speechless,” which featured football players emoting over domestic violence. No More Director Virginia Witt told Rolling Stone, “We hope thisNo More PSA will bring Americans together—on a day families and friends spend together—in the effort to end domestic violence and sexual assault.”

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NO MORE’S CAMPAIGN HERE AND WATCH EMMA WATSON LAUNCH THE HEFORSHE CAMPAIGN HERE

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