Violence against women is no trivial matter: the YWCAs launch a shock campaign thanks to FCB Agency
Since 2004, the national crime rate has dropped in all identified sectors, except in the case of violence against women; there are not enough women’s shelters to meet the demand; violence against women and girls is often in the headlines.
It has been quite some time since we have seen media campaigns that raise awareness about violence against women. It is time we stop seeing violence against women as a miscellaneous news item and make this social issue front page news. This is exactly what I want to achieve with this shock campaign.
Mélanie Thivierge, CEO of the YWCA Montreal
When horror is not just on the screen
Thanks to the generous and creative involvement of FCB Montreal and Production house SOMA, the YWCA Montreal and YWCA Quebec are able to launch, just in time for Halloween, a campaign that uses shock tactics to raise awareness of this serious issue.
Each Halloween brings its share of horror films. Besides spectators jumping out of their seats and vast quantities of spurting blood, one fact continues to be in the limelight: The perpetrators are mainly men, and the victims, all too often, are women. This observation is what led to the idea behind the campaign.
Three renactments of iconic scenes from horror films highlight that for too many women, unfortunately, horror and violence are not restricted to the screen. This is part of their day-to-day. Each clip ends with a simple but all-too true message: Some women live horror movies all year-round. It has to stop.
We have noted a sharp increase in the need for emergency shelters in the past three years. The principal issue for the women who knock at our doors continues to be all forms of violence.
Katia de Pokomandy-Morin, Executive Director of YWCA de Québec
When creativity and generosity are intertwined
The three scenarios, directed by Sarah Pellerin, feature three talented Quebec actresses: Mylène Mackay (Nelly, L’Âge adulte), Catherine Renaud (Mémoires vives, Sarah préfère la course) and Charlotte Aubin (Isla Blanca, Roméo et Juliette). All three actresses spontaneously accepted to graciously donate their talent to this campaign.
Multi-disciplinary teams made up mostly of women joined forces and devoted their time to the campaign, including the communications agency, FCB Montreal, and the production house, SOMA, all managed by women.
Useful resources for women victims of violence
The two organizations have made available a list of resources for women and family members who are victims of violence.
if you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.
English versions of the videos will be uploaded soon on this page. Thank you for your patience!