WORK: Theirworld is #RewritingTheCode for Women’s Day


Children’s charity Theirworld suggest #RewritingTheCode this International Women’s Day in a campaign conceived by The Partners working in collaboration with other WPP agencies. #RewritingTheCode aims to raise awareness of the obvious – and less obvious – attitudes that prevent girls and women around the world from achieving their full potential.

“Using the lexicon and symbols of digital codes, the campaign questions gender stereotypes and encourages the audience to consider the cultural codes that hide beneath the surface of our daily lives, shaping our experiences and holding back women and girls,” say The Partners.

The original name and idea of using the embed symbol to ‘change cultural codes’ came from a 2015 entry to a D&AD New Blood Awards brief from WPP, Theirworld and The Partners by Niamh Deehan. This new campaign is a development of a previous Theirworld initiative, which aimed to give girls access to technology to increase their learning opportunities. Theirworld currently facilitates digital Code Clubs in Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania and Lebanon, providing girls with coding and programming skills to support their formal schooling.

The charity has been raising awareness about the campaign on its social channels urging women to share their own stories and celebrating ways in which they are breaking gender norms. Sarah Brown, Founder and President of Theirworld, said: “The aim of the #RewritingTheCode campaign is to expose the hidden codes and values that shape the world around us, and ask questions such as: ‘Why don’t girls around the world have equal access to education? Why don’t women have equal pay in the workplace?’”

The campaign is part of WPP’s commitment to Common Ground, the creative industry initiative to support UN Sustainable Development Goals launched at Cannes last year. WPP is supporting Goal #5: achieving gender equality. Nick Eagleton, Creative Director at The Partners, said: “The #RewritingTheCode campaign is an ideal project for the Common Ground initiative, sharing the same global ambitions and facilitating collaboration and communication between WPP agencies.”

Agency: The Partners in collaboration with with Kantar Added Value, Kantar Futures, MEC and VML