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

For Immediate Release

Winner of Prestigious Anti Violence Writing Award to be announced at the Scottish Parliament
On Wednesday the 10th of December in the Scottish Parliament journalists and VAW sector workers with gather together to celebrate the announcement of the second annual, Write to End Violence against Women Award for excellence in Journalism.  (#WritetoEndVAW).

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'. (#16Days).

Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for the Lothians, 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-based publication or with a specific Scottish focus. 

Notes to Editor

1. The award has been jointly organised by the NUJ, Rape Crisis Scotland, Scottish Women’s Aid, The White Ribbon Project and Zero Tolerance.

2. The panel of judges was made up of media professionals and experts in violence against women.  The panel of judges are - Anni Donaldson: Writer and former award award winner, Sandy Brindley: National Coordinator for Rape Crisis Scotland, Lily Greenan: Chief Executive of Scottish Womens’ Aid, Stephen Naysmith: social affairs correspondent and lead writer at The Herald, Vonnie Sandlan: Nus women’s officer and Talat Yaqoob: Blogger and social commentator.  Further information about the panel of judges can be found here http://writetoendvaw.com/the-panel-of-judges/

3. The full list of shortlisted article is available on the site. http://writetoendvaw.com/

4. Photographs of the event will be available and can be attained by contacting Zero Tolerance on 0131 248 2410 or by email at info@zerotolerance.org.uk

5. Award organiser Liz Ely is available for comment at 0131 248 2405 




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