FCB Inferno develops for the UK’s Home Office a campaign to tackle forced marriage

FCB Inferno was briefed by the Home Office to develop a campaign targeting perpetrators, victims and bystanders, to educate on what makes a Forced Marriage. The campaign aims to reduce the number of Forced Marriages in the UK by challenging, empowering and inspiring communities to change perception and drive preventative action.

The campaign approach has been developed based on research with the target audience and consultation with key partners and stakeholders.

Research identified a knowledge gap about the non-physical actions of cohesion and a need to highlight the emotional pressure and psychological guilt – for example, making someone feel like they are bringing ‘shame’ on their family.

Forced marriage is associated with physical force or violence but verbal and psychological pressure can compel someone to marry – and it’s still a crime. The creative not only educates what constitutes force, but also shows the impact and breadth of non-physical actions and the scale of emotional and psychological pressure upon the victims.

The print and digital work visualizes the layers of pressure smothering the victims, whilst in film a simple camera move reduces the victims to inconsequential players in their own lives.

The three brides and one groom represent a range of communities. Casting on the campaign was based on the number of cases dealt with by the FMU in 2017 from specific communities within the UK as well as advice from partner organisations.

Designed to be shared across social these films also appear as cut downs and simple posts, using each of our community protagonists to allow instant recognition of the issue and the law.

The campaign is supported by the hashtag #righttochoose.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid first revealed the campaign at the International Conference on Ending FGM and Forced Marriage in November.

This is an emotional campaign that brings to life the feelings of isolation and alienation that the victims experience because of the psychological pressure that is put on them by family members. We want the perpetrators of forced marriage to recognise that making the victims feel guilty or telling them that they will bring shame on the family if they do not marry are unacceptable forms of pressure and that these are criminal offences.  Through showing these different types of pressure we want victims and potential victims to also recognise the signs and thereby seek help.

Sharon Jiggins,

EVP  FCB Inferno    

Forced marriage is a hugely complex and emotional issue so it is vitally important people are educated on why this practice is wrong (…) This eye-catching campaign is designed to show victims, families and communities that there is advice and support for them and demonstrate that the UK will not tolerate people being forced to marry against their will.

Andy Tighe,

Director of Communications Home Office 

CREDITS: Forced Marriage

Client: The Home Office

  • Head of Strategic Communications and Campaigns: Debbie Porter
  • Head of Marketing: Laura Jones
  • Marketing Manager: Jenny Nash
  • Strategic Communications Advisor: Biatra Christou

Agency: FCB Inferno

  • Executive Vice President: Sharon Jiggins
  • Account Director: Emily Whiteaway
  • Senior Account Manager: Sabrina May
  • Senior Strategist: Lucie Newlan
  • Creative Director: Becky McOwen-Banks
  • Copywriter: Sarah Lefkowith
  • Art Director: Nicole Chen
  • Copywriter: Gerard Roda
  • Art Director: Vivien Decombe
  • Designer: Sarni Strachan
  • Project Manager: Tom Lawrence
  • Agency Producer: Hanna Davis
  • Photographer/Director: Andy Lo Po

Audio: Nick @ Angell Sound

Offline Edit: Curious Post

Colourist: Senem Pehlivan Yagan

FCB Inferno is one of London’s leading advertising agencies, and part of global advertising network FCB. The network dates back to 1873, and now has 9000 employees in 90 countries, with 150 at FCB Inferno.

The agency’s clients sit across industry sectors and currently include the UK Government (for which they created the This Girl Can brand), BMW, Huawei, NIVEA, Sky and UEFA. FCB Inferno received two Grand Prix awards at Cannes in 2015 and 2016.

FCB Inferno was voted Agency of the Year 2018 at the inaugural Campaigns for Good awards as well as the top UK agency promoting good causes for the last two years by The Good Report, ranking third overall in the list of international agencies.

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