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Amnesty International bypasses Russian demonstration laws with mannequins

Posted by Tom Megginson | 7-10-2014 16:48 | Category: Human rights


Amnesty International just shared this video, of an unusual one-person demonstration in Moscow:

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A vending machine isn’t shockproof. Just like women.

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 8-04-2014 16:00 | Category: Violence, Women's Issues

Who cares?! Helpless Machine. This vending machine isn't shockproof. Just like women.

It seems bizarre to compare a woman with a machine. Until you see the behavior of some men.
That is what has been done in this campaign from Moscow for social organisation Who cares?!.

A Helpless Machine makes use of a faulty vending machine with a female persona that tests a man’s propensity for aggression. The machine has been set up with a series of vibration and display sensors. Hitting the machine will eventually relieve the stuck snacks that he has purchased, but it makes the woman on the screen very scared.

Alexander Stefanets, project creator at agency Hungry Boys: “We want to draw attention to a problem that is hidden behind closed doors. We want to show how easy it is to ruffle a man’s feathers. If he permits himself to become aggressive in public because of some ‘trifles’ we can only begin to imagine what might happen within his own home. The Helpless Machine is an effective and hard-hitting way of getting this message across not only in Russian but across the globe.”

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Ukrainian women’s movement boycotts Russian penises

Posted by Tom Megginson | 25-03-2014 20:45 | Category: Politics

“Don’t Give It to a Russian”

Surprisingly, this does not seem to be a FEMEN project. But it does have a Facebook Page and merchandise (below).

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Nudity as activism – Interview with Petr Pavlensky, Red Square Artist

Posted by Tatjana Vukic | 10-12-2013 20:05 | Academy | Category: Interviews

Our world appears to be spiralling ever faster, ever more out of our control. We are more than ever linked with each other, bound together, depending on each other. At the same time we have never been as divided by class as today: class, religion, race, nation, gender – all of them tear us apart instead of bringing us together. First we stereotype everybody, including ourselves, then we put ourselves into any drawer just to make our own voice heard. Personality, character? They are no more. We conform to others. We desperately seek our individuality in a group that is just like us thereby becoming another anonymous loudmouth. Our protests become ever more extreme otherwise nobody would notice it.

Often enough outsiders do not easily understand such protests, such extreme measures artists and political activists seek out. Breaking taboos has always been and will always be difficult for everybody. That is the very point of breaking a taboo. Do I understand this way of activism? No. Do I know if this is the right way, will the new form of protest – one example of which we will learn more about in this interview – lead to reform? Or weill it just lead to a self-perpetuating cycle in which the extreme measure itself becomes the message? I honestly don’t know, and this is why I sat down with Petr Pavlensky to try to understand. Petr is a 29-year old Russian political artist. Before he nailed his scrotum to the Red Square earlier this year, he wrapped himself naked in barbed wire or sew his mouth shut to protest Putin’s oligarchic Russia. Most recently he founded the magazine “Political Propaganda “.

Photo: Victor Ribas

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#lovealwayswins, even in the face of Russia’s anti-gay laws

Posted by Tom Megginson | 4-11-2013 21:33 | Category: Human rights

#lovealwayswins, even in the face of Russia's anti-gay laws

What if living your dream meant living a lie?

That’s the question posed by this online PSA by ALLOUT.org. The advocacy organization is calling on the International Olympic Committee to “honor its principles and condemn discrimination” by Russia in advance of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.


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Amnesty pulls a master bait-and-switch in Montreal   #freepussyriot

Posted by Tom Megginson | 24-06-2013 15:28 | Category: Human rights

Amnesty pulls a master bait-and-switch in Montreal. freepussyriot

The saga of Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk group that has members currently jailed for “hooliganism”, has attracted worldwide attention. No doubt, their provocative name deserves some of the credit.

The power of the word “pussy” was the big idea behind a recent campaign by Cossette for Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign to free the band members. They pasted lurid teaser posters that read “Free Pussy” along Montreal’s infamous Saint Catherine Street (home of several strip clubs) . A QR code at the bottom directed smartphone users to the campaign site:

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Urgent request: Please behave as Putin comes along in Amsterdam

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 6-04-2013 20:30 | Category: Gender issues, Human rights, Media

Urgent request: Please behave as Putin comes along in Amsterdam

Smart campaign from Amnesty International broadcasted on the Dutch television in the run-up to the visit from Russian President Putin to Amsterdam.

Translated transcript:

Urgent request.
On Monday, April 8, the Russian President Putin visits Amsterdam.
This visit is on a friendly basis.
We therefore ask everyone to avoid the following topics in the immediate surroundings of Mr Putin:
- Sexual orientation other than heterosexual
- Critical journalism
- Independent judiciary
- The right to demonstrate
- And Punk bands
Don’t frighten President Putin.
Keep Amsterdam free of Human Rights


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Three Grand-Prix of Golden Drum 2009 go to social advertising campaigns

Posted by Serge Fenenko | 19-10-2009 15:13 | Category: Awards

I’ve just returned from Slovenia, where I judged Golden Drum, the advertising festival for Central and Eastern Europe. The festival offers an excellent opportunity to learn more about social advertising campaigns in the region. Social advertising plays an important role on the festival. First of all, because there are so many social issues in the region. And secondly, because social campaigns usually don’t limit creativity of advertising agencies. This year, three Grand-Prix were awarded to social ads - in Media Campaigns, Outdoor and Film.

The Grand-Prix in Media, the Grand-Prix in Outdoor and the Golden Drum in PR went to Leo Burnett Beirut from Lebanon for the “Khede Kasra” campaign: “The Hariri Foundation wanted to address the imbalance of gender roles in the Lebanese society, through their Women Empowerment Program. The agency chose to tackle gender inequality in the Arabic language, a part of the Lebanese daily reality. Spoken and written words which are addressed to men by default, were altered with a “kasra” accent. With a call for action that encouraged women to “make your mark”. Changing the meaning of words empowered Lebanese women to actually change their reality.”

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