|Title||ENSLAVED CHILDREN - WOODEN FRAME|
|Brand||BACHPAN BACHAO ANDOLAN (SAVE THE CHILDHOOD MOVEMENT)|
|Product / Service||ANTI-CHILD LABOUR INITIATIVE|
|Entrant||McCANN WORLDGROUP Mumbai, INDIA|
|Entrant Company:||McCANN WORLDGROUP Mumbai, INDIA|
|DM/Advertising Agency:||McCANN WORLDGROUP Mumbai, INDIA|
|Prasoon Joshi||McCann Worldgroup, Mumbai||Executive Creative Director|
|Ryan menezes||McCann Worldgroup, Mumbai||Executive Creative Director|
|Denzil Machado||McCann Worldgroup, Mumbai||Creative Director|
|Namrata Rao||McCann Worldgroup, Mumbai||Art Director|
|Siddhi Yadav||McCann Worldgroup, Mumbai||Art Director|
|Manish Patel||McCann Worldgroup, Mumbai||Copywriter|
|Vilsen Gonsalves||McCann Worldgroup, Mumbai||Copywriter|
|Aman Mannan||McCann Worldgroup, Mumbai||Copywriter|
|Mudit trivedi||McCann Worldgroup, Mumbai||Account Manager|
|Benitta Jacob||McCann Worldgroup, Mumbai||Account Manager|
|Zaheerali Furniturewala||McCann Worldgroup, Mumbai||Films Chief|
|Amol Sonawane||McCann Worldgroup, Mumbai||Chief Editor|
|Bhavin Mehta||McCann Worldgroup, Mumbai||Chief Editor|
|Robert Joseph||McCann Worldgroup, Mumbai||Production Manager|
|Sunil Chalke||McCann Worldgroup, Mumbai||Production Manager|
|Sikander Khan||Wood Carver|
|Meraj Khan||McCann Worldgroup, Mumbai||Administartion|
The Arts & Crafts Industry of India has some of the finest handicrafts in the world. However it hides an ugly truth. 60 million enslaved children. Forced to work 18 hrs a day, 7 days a week. Although there are laws against this they are not enforced by the government. Our task was 2 fold. Wake the ministers up from their slumber and get them to actively enforce the laws against child labour. And raise awareness among the consumers.
We used the handicrafts themselves to show the toil and suffering of innocent children. Thus driving home the message that handicrafts that look so beautiful, could also hide an ugly truth. Thus raising awareness through the very products themselves.
We put together a team of skilled artisans from across various arts & crafts industries and redesigned the lead products of the industry. In this case, hand carved wooden frames. In these we carved suffering children in the design, thus exposing the ugly truth through the handicrafts themselves. These were hand delivered by rescued children to key members of parliament and influential bollywood celebrities. All who received the mailer not only joined the petition but actively got involved in the movement.
All ministers who received the mailer not only joined the petition but also raised the issue in the halls of democracy. Mr. Mangat Ram Singal, Labour Minister of Delhi has also sworn his support to the cause. With government support the rescue operations have stepped up. Last month alone 1431 children have been rescued and reunited with their families. All celebrities who received the mailer twittered about the movement urging their followers to join and gave soundbytes which were turned into television commercials. 42,943 petitoners and still counting. All this without mainstream media.