La Sirena Film, Case study EqualiTV [ES] by Pages BBDO Santo Domingo

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EqualiTV [ES]

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Industry Department Stores & Shopping Malls, Public awareness
Media Film, Case study
Market Dominican Republic
Agency Pages BBDO Santo Domingo
Copywriter Hanely Del Rosario
Senior Copywriter Kelvin Feliz
Released September 2016


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Credits & Description

Title: Equalitv
Agency: Pagés Bbdo
Brand: La Sirena
Brand: Institucional Día de La Mujer
Country: Dominican Republic
Entrant Company: Pagés Bbdo, Santo Domingo
Advertising Agency: Pagés Bbdo, Santo Domingo
Media Agency: Omd Dominicana, Santo Domingo
Pr Agency: Pagés Bbdo, Santo Domingo
Production Company: Pagés Bbdo, Santo Domingo
Executive Director Of Creativity And Content: Dilia Luna (Pagés Bbdo)
Copywriter: Hanely Del Rosario (Pagés Bbdo)
Senior Copywriter: Kelvin Féliz (Pagés Bbdo)
Account Director: Jenny Mella (Pagés Bbdo)
Senior Account Executive: Alejandra Fuertes (Pagés Bbdo)
Executive Business Director: Belkis De La Cruz (Pagés Bbdo)
Media Director: Luis León (Omd Dominicana)
Strategic Planning Director: Francesco Abbatescianni (Pagés Bbdo)
Senior Strategic Planner: Maholi Quijada (Pagés Bbdo)
Digital Director: Michael Barón (Pagés Bbdo)
Digital Creative Director: Abel Levasseur (Pagés Bbdo)
Digital Asset Manager: Francheska Rivera (Pagés Bbdo)
Senior Media Planner: Mildred Rosario (Omd Dominicana)
Media Planner: Manuela Dolores (Omd Dominicana)
Editor/Animator: Leonardo Rodríguez (Pagés Bbdo)
General Production Coordinator: Carlina Gómez (Pagés Bbdo)
Art Director: Whiniffer Féliz (Pagés Bbdo)
Head Of Digital Content: Adriana Paulino (Pagés Bbdo)
Campaign Description:
Knowing that men earn more money than women and are the majority in most of the job roles in the country, the brand wanted to show people how gender disparity looked like. For that day we would reframe TV shows by keeping the center focus on men to demonstrate the gender gap in the workplace. Addressing this issue allowed us to deliver a message that would inspire the nation to start a conversation and fight for equal rights for women in the workplace and society.
-The action got the attention and support of the media resulting in more than $160,000 dollars in free press.-The most prominent celebrities in the country joined in on the brand's conversation about the importance of a nation that will no longer tolerate underestimating women's role in society generating brand awareness for La Sirena.-The country's First Lady, Cándida Montilla de Medina, and the VicePresident, Margarita Cedeño joined the conversation expressing their desire to build a society with equal rights for both men and women. They even took this further and created a series of workshops and seminars to empower women in different fields.-Due to the action's impact, La Sirena vowed to keep their policy to employ men and women equally without gender discrimination. Up to this date the company has a 55-45% ratio.
We selected the top Prime Time TV shows including news and variety programs featuring the most prominent celebrities in the country. We set out to demonstrate with a very simple camera movement how underestimating women at work actually looked. On set while the hostess was talking, on frame you would only see the man, while an overlay displayed the percentage of men versus women who occupied the same job roles in the most prominent professions in the country. How they appeared on frame represented this distribution. Throughout the show the camera would slowly reframe until 50% participation was reached. This is when the brand addressed the audience with a message that not only empowered women, but also invited the nation to start the conversation about gender equality in the workplace.
We wanted to create awareness for gender disparity in the workplace in a very clear and convincing way, and March 8th, the International Women's Day became the perfect opportunity to do it. Previous traditional campaigns had failed in generating the impact that was needed to address such an important message, that's why we needed to be disruptive. Since TV is the most important medium, preferred by 95% of Dominicans, we negotiated with the most prominent influencers in the country to completely change the appearance of their daily shows to demonstrate through a simple live action how unfair the gender gap is.
Dominican Republic is a country of more than 10 million people, although it's equally distributed, women still face disadvantages in the workplace. According to the Dominican National Office of Statistics, in 2015 women earned 27.63% less than their male peers. Tiendas La Sirena, also one of the biggest employers in the country (with 7,121 employees throughout the country), wanted to raise awareness for the International Women's Day on March 8th 2016, by promoting a message of gender equality in the workplace. Preferred by Dominican women, 70% of the brand's consumers are women.
This work required a unique negotiation with the country's most prominent men and women celebrities that had shared airtime convincing them to become ambassadors for gender equality in Dominican Republic. For the first time ever in the country, TV channels allowed us to change the frame in which their top shows were always seen.