YWCA Confronts Controversial Issues Facing Women, People of Color

PRNewswire, Jan. 31

WASHINGTON—The YWCA USA will launch a national advertising campaign today that drives home a bold new message reinforcing the 147-year-old organization’s new brand and its mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.

Through a media partnership with Viacom Plus, Viacom’s cross-platform sales and marketing group, the YWCA will target young adults ages 18-34 with its hard-hitting message on MTV, MTV2 and BET-networks that reach young adults. The message also will be delivered online at MTV.com and BET.com. Viacom also published an eight-page custom magazine that will be distributed nationally to YWCA supporters and locally through the YWCA’s nearly 300 local associations.

Highlighting the campaign are two television spots that magnify major issues still facing society today: behavior that causes inequities and prejudice against women and people of color. (To view the spots, visit http://www.ywca.org/ Media Center or http://www.bozelljacobs.net/ywus/media.html.) The message also is being delivered online at mtv.com (http://www.mtv.com/music/firstladies) and bet.com.

“Unspoken,” a 30-second spot, depicts the many subtle ways that racism occurs in everyday situations, from a man shunning another of a different race as they enter their identical apartments to a Native American child sitting alone as an outcast while other children play around him on a playground. “Little Girls,” also a 30-second ad, demonstrates the blatant ways that women and girls are routinely devalued in today’s society. This spot uses harsh music lyrics as a metaphor for the underlying opinions and attitudes that are still commonly accepted. Visually, the spot celebrates the enthusiasm, innocence and spontaneity of little girls, while the soundtrack emits jarringly derogatory rock, hip-hop, pop and country music lyrics.

“The goal of this campaign is to not only raise awareness about the continuing problem of racism and the oppression of women, but to cause people to stop and evaluate their own personal attitudes and behaviors,” YWCA CEO Peggy Sanchez Mills said. “We want people to understand that the YWCA is an organization firmly linked to these issues and call on them to join us in our mission.”

The advertising campaign was created by Bozell & Jacobs. Critically acclaimed director Bronwen Hughes (“Stander,” “Forces of Nature”) directed both TV spots.

For more information, visit the YWCA Web site, http://www.ywca.org/, or contact Pamela Avery at 402-965-4418 or [email protected], or YWCA USA Director of Communications and Marketing Debra Roth at 202-467-0801 or [email protected]

Founded in 1858 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the YWCA is a women’s membership movement whose mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. Strengthened by diversity, the YWCA draws together members who strive to create opportunities for women’s growth, leadership and power to attain a common vision: peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people.

Currently, the YWCA represents approximately 2 million women, girls and their families in the United States and 25 million women worldwide. The YWCA has nearly 300 associations throughout the United States. The World YWCA is at work in more than 100 other countries. For information about the YWCA, visit our Web site, http://www.ywca.org/, or contact the YWCA USA at 202-467-0801.

NOTE TO EDITORS: TV spots are available at http://www.ywca.org/ Media Center in the News/Media section, at http://www.bozelljacobs.net/ywus/media.html, or on CD. FAQ and Eliminating Racism/Empowering Women Fact Sheet available at http://www.ywca.org/—News/Media section.

YWCA USA

CONTACT: Pamela Avery, +1-402-965-4418, [email protected], for

YWCA USA; or Debra Roth, Director of Communications and Marketing of YWCA USA,

+1-202-467-0801, [email protected]

Web site: http://www.mtv.com/music/firstladies

Web site: http://www.bozelljacobs.net/ywus/media.html

Web site: http://www.ywca.org/

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