It’s been over a year since Project Consent launched its biggest campaign to date, #ConsentIsSimple. This past month, the campaign was nominated for a Webby Award in the Advertising, Media and PR category for Best Video Campaign and with your help - Project Consent won its first ever Webby! Thanks to you, Project Consent won the People’s Choice in our category.
The most inspiring part of this experience is knowing that we won because of our supporters. It is heartening to know that our work means so much to our supporters that we received your vote in a category where we were up against some of the best Advertising agencies in the business. We would also like to express our biggest gratitude to the team at Juniper Park for all their hard work in putting this campaign together. Thank you for turning our vision into a reality where people can view these videos globally. Without Juniper Park’s work and support, we would not have been able to launch this campaign.
This campaign helped put Project Consent on the map as a leading global organization in the fight against rape culture. It’s been over a year since we launched the campaign and it is humbling to know that the campaign is still reaching people around the world.
Being nominated for a Webby was an honor in itself but knowing that we won one because our supporters still believe in our campaign is truly moving. It’s been three years of hard work and while we still have a long way to go, it has motivated us to know that our work is making a difference.
Our founder, Sara Li was on hand at The Webby Awards on May 15th, 2017 in New York City to accept the award on behalf of Project Consent. We would like to thank Complex for giving her the opportunity to present her speech:
"Upon accepting this award, I was asked, “What does Project Consent mean to [me]?”
My first impulse was to regurgitate the same standard answer that I’ve become accustomed to giving in interviews. Project Consent is about community. Project Consent is about overcoming. Project Consent is all of those things, but me? What does Project Consent mean to me? I searched and searched for an adequate answer until my roommate reminded me of something that I always say in times of hardship: “Everything will be better in 5 years.”
And what is life, if not a test of optimism? So I reflected.
In the past 5 years alone, I have transitioned from one version of myself to another: some good, some bad, some so unfamiliar that parts of my own life feel foreign to me. I have conquered and failed, loved and lost, and still I am discovering that I am not the person I was yesterday. But even on my darkest days, I am here for all of it. And tomorrow, I will grow to be someone else until I am the person I have always wanted to be.
But today, I am here to accept this award on behalf of myself and so many others. I am celebrating the milestone of being one step closer to my best self.
To me, Project Consent is a lighthouse, a beacon for what was taken from so many: choice. A choice to be more than our tragedies, our mistakes, and our flaws. By supporting us, you are choosing something great: the hope that our future is what we make it to be. And whether that takes 5 years or 15, I hope you become the person you want to be. I have faith that you too will make that choice.
Thank you for this award."
At Project Consent, we are working everyday to use all of our resources to fight rape culture. We are happy to know that there are people in this world who support our fight because without you, we are unable to achieve our goal.
Thank you to Juniper Park, The Webby Awards, and Complex for helping us celebrate this achievement. The executive team at Project Consent would like to thank its staff for all their hard work and most importantly - thank you to our supporters, we could not have achieved this award without you.