Conscious calendar by Iris Singapore
To address the unconscious biases that men form and act on, and biases that women are not able to break free from, Iris has released an all-male calendar to mark International Women’s Day 2019.
Named ‘The Conscious Calendar’, it features 13 male ‘models of support’ volunteers, who all work at the creative agency, as The Tissue Treasurer, The Concall Whisperer, The Cake Slinger, The Dongle Wrangler, The Tree Hugger, The H20 Hustler, etc.
The calendar, which lasted for 13 months from March 2018 to March 2019, is based on the term of ‘office housework’, which are admin tasks that default to women, reinforce the gender biases and ultimately hold women back from advancing their careers.
Some of the office housework scenarios that the agency found that defaulted to women were calling a cab, buying and cutting a birthday cake, offering to split the bill, carrying tissues on them, decorating the Christmas tree and dialling the con call.
Iris aims to grow awareness about these unconscious biases with the calendar and challenge the preset ways of doing things. It hopes this will not only eliminate these biases but also drive a behavioural change.