More than words: Saatchi & Saatchi's social media campaign for Women’s Refuge

  • Social Media
  • July 23, 2012
  • Deirdre Robert
More than words: Saatchi & Saatchi's social media campaign for Women’s Refuge

Every year the Women’s Refuge receives 60, 565 calls (about one every nine minutes) from women silenced through violence, intimidation and abuse. But with only 50 to 60 percent of its work funded by government, the organisation relies heavily on public donations and in a bid to bolster those finances, Saatchi & Saatchi has created an innovative Facebook app as part of its Donate Your Words campaign.

Once installed, Facebook users update their status like normal, while at the same time making a donation for each word they are free to speak. Their status is then posted to their timeline, publicly acknowledging the donation. To date, 5071 words have been donated.

Women’s Refuge chief executive Heather Henare says the campaign gives those with no impediment to free speech the ability help others find theirs.

“We still need to shake buckets, but as social media overtakes the way we talk to each other and interact with causes, we loved the idea of reaching out via Facebook.”

The app is being supported by print, outdoor and radio media, as well as this stark and haunting TVC by Jonny Kofoed of Assembly and Craig Matuschka at Liquid Studios.

The team at Saatchi & Saatchi didn't want to comment on the creative behind the campaign, preferring instead to take a step back and let the public talk about the campaign.

This month, BBH London launched a campaign for UK domestic abuse charity, Refuge. Carrying the tagline, 'Don’t cover it up’, it features Lauren Luke, a woman from North-East England who became an internet sensation after posting make-up tutorials on YouTube. The BBH campaign features Luke delivering another YouTube tutorial, this time showing women how to cover up visible signs of abuse using clothing and makeup.

Last year in the US, Vice President Joe Biden launched a campaign against violence against women, choosing to utilise a raft of sporting celebrities to get the message across.


Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi

Executive Creative Director: Antonio Navas
Creative Group Head – Copywriter: Anne Boothroyd
Head of Art - Art Director: Mike Davison

Digital Designer: Alex Waskiewicz
Head of Content: Jane Oak

Agency Producer: Natasha Gill

Group Account Director: Shelley Winsor
Account Team: Melanie Bowker / Kylie Marsh / Katy Greening

Strategist: Sarah Hodgetts

Executive Digital Producer: Haydn Thomsen

Digital Producer: Nick Pengelly 

Lead Digital Developer: Matt Skinner

Digital Designer

Designer: Rob Flynn

Studio: Paul Gibson / Vanessa Seagar

Director of Operations and Production: Heath Davy

Media Planner: Jo Reid / Allyson Clark / Desiree Hales

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Whittaker's divides the court of public opinion – but all for a good cause

  • Advertising
  • February 22, 2019
  • Caitlin Salter
Whittaker's divides the court of public opinion – but all for a good cause

On Monday, Whittaker’s launched its latest novelty chocolate-lolly mash up with a chocolatey answer to retro bakesale treat coconut ice. The Coconut Ice Surprise chocolate has a twist though, 20c from each block goes to Plunket – a charity which New Zealanders agree is a worthy cause. However, to relate the chocolate to the charity, Whittaker's has built the campaign around baby gender reveal parties, causing a backlash from the public who argue gender norms have expanded beyond blue for boys and pink for girls.

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