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The Write to End Violence Against Women Awards

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Venue name : Scottish Parliament Building
City : Edinburgh
Postcode : EH99 1SP




Recognising and Rewarding High Quality Violence Against Women Journalism

NB: Exact date TBD, the awards event will be held during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence between 25 November and 10 December 2014

This award seeks to drive up standards in journalism by rewarding those committed to furthering the cause of gender equality through their work.  It is open to all those writing in Scotland, and we will recognise both paid and unpaid writing.

In this post Levenson inquiry climate the topic of women’s representation in the media has been high on the agenda. A report by Women in Journalism entitled ‘seen but not heard’ found that sexist stereotypes dominated the front pages of newspapers. There is also a persistence of badly written and negative media portrayals of women that contribute to gender inequality.

Violence against women is often in the news. Its prevalence in society makes it a ‘hot topic’ for reporters and its complex nature makes it an interesting issue for feature writers. However, the fact that violence against women is so complex can mean that even journalists with the best of intentions can misrepresent some of the issues and perpetuate myths that are harmful to women.

On the other hand, good reporting can play a vital role in increasing understanding of violence against women and challenging its place in our society. And many journalists and bloggers produce high quality work which confronts violence and gender inequality.

We believe that their hard work deserves to be recognised, which is why Zero Tolerance with the support of NUJ Scotland, White Ribbon Scotland, Scottish Women’s Aid, Engender, Everyday Victim Blaming, Women 50:50, Rape Crisis Scotland, Women for Independence and media partner, The National newspaper are pleased to present the third annual Write to End Violence award for excellence in journalism.

This award seeks to drive up standards in journalism by rewarding those committed to furthering the cause of gender equality through their work.  It is open to all those writing in Scotland, and we will recognise both paid and unpaid writing.

  • Best Print Journalism Article – news
  • Best Print Journalism Article – comment & features
  • Best Student Article
  • Best Blog
  • Gender Equality Award 2015: Women 50:50 Gender Equality in Political Reporting
  • Worst Article

Strong pieces will

  • Use language carefully in a way that does not blame survivors.
  • Challenge myths and stereotypes
  • Provide a bigger picture view, and place individual cases in a wider national and international context.
  • Highlight the both the gendered nature of Violence against women (and GBV) as well its root causes.
  • Be well written, original and contribute to raising awareness of gender based violence and/or gender inequality.

For more information and recommendations about responsible media reporting, see the Zero Tolerance Handle with Care Guide.

Closing date for submissions and nominations is 31/10/15.

Pieces must have been written between 01/09/14 and 01/09/15 to be eligible for the award.  Submissions are accepted from journalists and writers living and/or working in Scotland.

To submit or nominate a piece please visit The Write to End Violence Against Women Awards website.

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