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Winner of Prestigious Anti Violence Writing Award announced at the Scottish Parliament

On Wednesday the 10th of December in the Scottish Parliament journalists and Violence Women sector workers gathered together to celebrate the announcement of the second annual Write to End Violence against Women Award for excellence in Journalism. 

The organisers are delighted to announce the winners of the following categories. The organisers thank and congratulate these writers for challenging a culture that normalises violence against women.

Co-organised by a host of anti-violence against women charities and the National Union of Journalists the award was designed to celebrate quality journalism about violence against women. The awards form part of the 16 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women. The global theme for this year’s international 16 Days campaign is 'From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let's Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women'. 

Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for the Lothians, hosted and opened the event and said:

“When ‘security’ is described as a national priority by senior politicians, all too rarely do they give the impression that they understand the realities still facing women in this day and age.

Men’s violence kills or incapacitates more women each year than cancer, malaria, road traffic accidents and war combined, and there is an urgent need to reframe narratives of security and defence in terms of what threats people actually face.

For that reason, among many others, the Write To End Violence Against Women awards play a vital role in promoting the work of journalists with a keen sense of public interest reporting.”

Anni Donaldson, award judge and winner of last year’s award for best article says:

“Challenging media portrayals of violence against women is a key part of the work to be done in Scotland and across the world. I congratulate all of this year’s nominees; whether or not you win, your writing is important.”

This award has three categories: Best Article, Best Student Article and Best Blog. The award was open to journalists and writers whose work is published in a Scottish publication or had a primarily Scottish focus or audience.

Best Blog

Winner

Abuse Doesn’t Exist in a Vacuum: Rotherham Is Not About Race by Elli Wilson

Joint runners-up

The Best Rape Prevention: Tell Men to Stop Raping by Louise Pennington
Panic in a crisis by Clare McFeely

Shortlisted Nominees

Is Sex Work Really Empowering? By Christina O’Neill

Best Student Article

Winner

What’s next for Edinburgh Uni? Talk straight, not dirty by Laura Anne Brown

Runner-up

Jessica Valenti and the taxing subject of subsidised sanitary products by Emilia Bona

Shortlisted Nominees

It’s time to get serious by Stacey Devine
In defence of ‘angry feminism': why ‘Women Against Feminism’ misses the point by Eve Livingston

Best Article

Winner

Girls are taught young that violence towards them is normal by Nancy Lombard

Joint runner-ups

Glasgow Women’s Aid – Ten Years of Pioneering Organisation (Page 1) (Page 2) (Page 3)  by Cordelia O’Neill
Abuse myths have to stop by Gina Davidson

Shortlisted Nominees

Scotland’s got it right on domestic abuse: it takes it seriously by Audrey Gillan

Worst Article

Wooden Spoon “Winner”

The answer to drunken letches – Sober women and sober clothes by Liz Jones

Shortlisted Nominees

Lunatics taking over asylums  by Mark Smith
There is no “Rape Culture” at British Universities by Joanna Williams

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