US ad leaders call on D&AD, London International, Clio, One Show to support Cannes gender ban

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Advertising Club of New York president Gina Grillo and 2017 International Andy Awards chair Pete Favat have joined the rising global chorus of ad people backing the Cannes Lions drive to get rid of gender bias. And they’ve called on all the other global ad shows to follow suit.

New York-based Grillo and Favat (who’s chief creative officer at Deutsch LA) were responding to this week’s Cannes directive cautioning Lions jurors not to recognise work that reflects gender bias.

The pair issued this statement overnight:

“The Board of Directors of The Advertising Club of New York, as well as the 2017 jury of the Andy Awards, applaud the efforts of Madonna Badger of Badger & Winters and the International Festival of Creativity at Cannes’ recently announced ban on advertising work that reflects gender bias.

“As an organisation committed to driving diversity within the industry, which includes what consumers are subjected to, we enthusiastically support the ban and request that the One Show, the Art Directors Club, The Clios, the London International Awards and the D&AD awards stand with us to eliminate this problem that negatively impacts our industry. Let’s continue to fight for #WomenNotObjects. Together we can all make a difference.”

  • Wednesday’s Cannes story here

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