‘Proud Strikers’ – The first strike about social rights

BBR Saatchi & Saatchi and ‘The Aguda’ Israel’s LGBT Task Force present: Proud Strikers

The Tel-Aviv Gay Pride Parade is a world-renowned extravaganza. But colorful as it may be, it does little to further the rights of the LGBT community who cannot marry, adopt or be a parent. Basic rights denied by Israel’s increasingly conservative government.

That’s why when another law affecting and effectively discriminating the LGBT community was brought to vote on July 18th, we told our client they needed to get ready to fight.

Our suggestion: A one-day nationwide strike urging the LGBT community to stay away from work and show the entire country that they are not second rate citizens and that this law affects people from all walks of life. People they know and work with. Doctors, lawyers, pilots, hi-tech workers and many more productive people employed everywhere.

While we were unsure how the country would respond, even we were surprised by the extent of the public endorsement of their cause. Within hours of the announcement, leading companies and people all over the country joined our struggle:

While international companies like IBM and Apple made public global announcements denouncing the law, other companies freed their staff and promised not to charge them for the day off – some going even further than that and promising their employees to fund such complicated affairs as surrogacy procedures which cost up of half a million shekels.

Surprisingly, FMCG companies usually scared of religious boycotts of their goods (the religious orthodox have great spending power and often use it to curb companies to their will) joined our cause too as did hospitals, workers unions, celebrities, politicians, government ministries and even police officers who are traditionally banned from striking!

Notwithstanding this, gay talk show hosts canceled their show while news & entertainment websites blackened their screens.

Last but not least, people all around social networks changed their profile pics to mark their support, and while over 1 million people were exposed to the rally event on Facebook, 100.000 took to the streets to demonstrate and express their outrage.

But the greatest achievement of all is by far the fact that although the Israeli parliament is now officially in recess – we succeeded in making them call an emergency meeting to re-examine the law. #ProudStrikers

Campaign: Proud Strikers
Agency Credits: BBR Saatchi & Saatchi
Client: The Aguda – Israel’s LGBT Task Force
CEO: Yossi Lubaton
Chief Creative Officer: Idan Regev
Digital Creative Director: Idan Kligerman
Art Director: Noa Navot
Copywriter: Kobi Lavi, Avner Ressel, Omri Zidon
Marcom Director: Eva Hasson
VP Client Services: Ben Muskal
Account Executive: Hila Kirma
VP Content / Production: Dorit Gvili
Producer: Alon Shmoelof
Traffic Director: Ronit Doanis
Studio Director: Yaron Keinan
Studio: ATL
Post Production & Editing: Leehou Porat

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