While many Filipinos are in full anticipation towards the “Fight of the Century”, Pacquiao vs Mayweather, groups promoting anti-violence against women aim to bring the ‘bigger fight’ – frequently occurring in most of Filipino homes today, into the limelight, the domestic violence
A collaboration between DDB Group Philippines and Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), aims to turn the spotlight on to the issue of violence against women, seeks to as well enlighten everyone on fights by which they need to pay more attention.
The much awaited match of today’s two greatest fighters was viewed as the best time to build awareness and gather support for all kinds of violence being committed by men against women, adding that Mayweather, Pacquiao’s opponent, allegedly has a record of committing this kind of offenses.
DDB Group Philippines and its subsidiary Tribal Worldwide have come up with a campaign that will ride on the May 3 super fight to help the Philippine Commission on Women to create awareness on the often neglected plight of women under their abusive fathers, husbands, male relatives or boyfriends.
In a series of posters shared online and on-ground, in bus ads and newspapers, and strategically placed side-by-side with Pacquiao vs Mayweather promotional materials, DDB Group Philippines brings this issue out of the shadows and gets people talking, so they can prevent domestic violence from happening.
DDB Group Philippines Chairman Gil G. Chua said, “As a group, we at DDB Philippines always try to do our share in making the world a better place, and supporting the fight against domestic violence is just one of our ways to achieve this. We live by our founder Bill Bernbach’s words that ‘All of us who professionally use the mass media are the shapers of society. We can vulgarize that society. We can brutalize it. Or we can help lift it onto a higher level.”
For her part, PCW Executive Director Emmeline Verzosa said, “Violence against women cuts across all race, religion, age, social demographics and sexuality. It threatens the security of half of humanity and is rooted in men’s desire for ultimate power and control over women. We must put a stop to it.”
Statistics have shown that one in five women ages 15-49 have or are continuing to suffer from domestic violence and intimate relationship violence since age 15. In 2010, cases of VAW reported to the Philippine National Police (PNP) rose to 59 percent, with majority of the victims knowing their attackers.
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