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PRESS RELEASE: Ariel’s Gender-Equality advocacy, Share the Load, globally lauded

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Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg recently lauded #SharetheLoad, laundry brand Ariel’s campaign that challenges men worldwide to be catalysts of change in issues pertaining to gender stereotypes and patriarchal systems. In her Facebook account, Sandberg recognized Ariel’s laundry ad for encouraging men to take their share of household chores and its efforts to support female initiatives.


“This is one of the most powerful videos I have ever seen – showing how stereotypes hurt all of us and are passed from generation to generation. When little girls and boys play house they model their parents' behavior; this doesn’t just impact their childhood games, it shapes their long-term dreams.


In this #‎SharetheLoad campaign, Ariel India, P&G, and BBDO Worldwide show how fathers and husbands can take small steps (like doing laundry) to create more equal homes. They won a ‎Glass Lion at the 2015 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity for earlier work on this campaign. The real win is the way they are changing stereotypes and showing that a more equal world would be a better world for all of us.” Sandberg’s post reads.



The #SharetheLoad idea was hinged on the insight that more and more children believe that household chores are only a mother’s job. Ariel would like to encourage parents to reflect on their behaviours that influence how the next generation see household chores. Stereotypes become part of children’s reality, and the laundry becomes mom’s domain. Children learn from what they see, and any inequality within their household is passed onto them. If their father never does the laundry, they are going to grow up believing it’s not ‘his’ responsibility. Those gender roles become ingrained.
With the aim of breaking stereotypes, Ariel sends out this powerful #SharetheLoad commercial that has gone viral across the world. The #SharetheLoad ad features an elderly father writing an apology to his daughter for his failure to address patriarchal roles in the home. The commercial ends with the elderly man sharing the laundry load with his wife hoping that one little change can make all the difference.

Ariel also took the #SharetheLoad campaign online, initiating the discussion with the hashtag as a talking point on social media. Women celebrities chimed in, asking men if laundry is only a woman’s job, and urging women to raise the question further.

As part of this global campaign on women empowerment, Ariel furthers gender-equality initiatives in the Philippines through the #AhonPinay campaign. Launched in March 2016 in support of the Philippine Commission on Women’s (PCW) celebration of National Women’s Month, the #AhonPinay campaign focuses on uplifting women in their selected vocations. This is in line with the theme for the 2016 National Women’s Month celebration, “Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama sa Agenda,” which resonates the call for gender-balance in leadership and decision-making positions in the public and private sector, inclusion of women’s concerns in leadership platforms and the government’s development agenda, and capacitating women to reach their ambitions.

Ariel is the only fast-moving consumer goods brand actively involved in the National Women’s Day initiatives. As the brand continues to empower women, #AhonPinay will also support the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) – Women’s Center through a grant that will help women with their training courses. #AhonPinay will also tap various women’s advocacy groups to uplift, empower, and inspire women by raising gender equality awareness and bringing relevant issues not only in the workforce but in daily lives.

#SharetheLoad and #AhonPinay are both part of Ariel’s global women empowerment campaign, in recognition of its unique role to engage women around the world in promoting gender equality and equal opportunity.


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14 comments

  1. This is an awesome campaign! I am ALL for gender equality and I am lucky I married a man who believes in it, too!

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  2. My sons do help me with the laundry. They said they'd rather do that than do the dishes. I guess their future wives would be lucky because my sons know how to do laundry.

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  3. Such a great campaign. It is important to break stereotypes, especially in some countries, so we all realize there is no such thing as women's or men's work. We all need to contribute.

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  4. Finally, a campaign that shows families that maintaining a home is a shared responsibility and not just a mom's job. This is definitely something worth supporting and I hope a lot of people will support it.

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  5. I like this advocacy. It is nice to know that you celebrate national women day in the Philippines.

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  6. I've been using Ariel ever since. I like this new advocacy of Ariel.

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  7. Nice advocacy from a big brand. For sure many will find this message really thought provoking.

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  8. Very cool. Everyone should share the responsibility for sure.

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  9. That was such a great video. I do think this is such a great post as well. Often mothers seem like they have to do way more work then dads. I definitely know how that goes. My husband use to help out with laundry, but now it's been just me..I do stay at home and work, but it would be nice to get some help with laundry too.

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  10. I think this is a nice idea and a great way to spread the word.

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  11. This sounds like an awesome campaign. I have taught my son how to do laundry. It's a life skill that everyone needs to learn.

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  12. My mom love using Ariel products for a years and it such a great quality of product

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  13. I think it is great to see families work together and help each other out without pointing out who the job belongs to. If someone needs help taking care of their responsibilities at home, we should be willing to help each other.

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  14. What an awesome campaign! It's so important to teach children that gender roles are not set in stone and moms and dads can help each other.

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