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NOMINATIONS CLOSED The Write To End Violence Against Women Public Recognition Awards

Write To End Violence Against Women Public Recognition Awards 2020

Help us recognise media workers who are ending men’s violence against women, one piece at the time.

This year our annual The Write to End Violence Against Women Awards are not taking place. Instead we are inviting you to nominate the articles, blogs, and other media content for the Write to End Violence Against Women Public Recognition Award.

With your help we will celebrate, recognise and show appreciation to the writers and contributors who work tirelessly to promote gender equality and change social attitudes around violence against women and girls.

The articles you nominate will be promoted on our social media during the 16 Days of Activism to Eliminate Gender Based Violence taking place between 25th November and 10th December.

You can submit the article you would like to nominate for the Write To End Violence Against Women Public Recognition Awards HERE


To enter this year’s Public Awards all submissions and nominations must:

  • Have been published between 01/10/19 and 15/11/20
  • Be created in Scotland or primarily reaching a Scottish audience

If you have any questions, please get in touch with

1. How well written is the piece?

Is this a good piece of journalism?

Is the quality of the writing good?

Does it flow well? Is language well utilised?

Is it enjoyable to read?

2. Does this piece challenge gender inequality and/or violence against women?

If the piece is about violence against women, does it follow good practice guidelines on how to report on this? Read about these guidelines here.

If the piece is about gender equality, does it effectively raise awareness about it as an issue, and challenge gender inequality?

How does the piece use language? Does it challenge or reinforce myths and stereotypes? e.g. implying the survivor is to blame; portraying perpetrators as beasts or fiends, or as misunderstood anti-heroes; describing violence as crimes of passion.

Does the piece place the story in a wider context of Violence Against Women included by using experts, facts, and figures?

Does this piece talk about the root cause of violence against women?

Is contact with survivors of abuse or violence conducted with respect for their experience, dignity and safety?

Does the piece provide helplines at the end of the article?

3. Does this piece have a Wow factor?

How innovative is this piece?

Is it original?

Does it contribute something new to the discourse?

Is it on an unusual topic, or does it shed new light on an old topic?

Does it give an interesting perspective to a story?

Is it from a voice you haven't heard before?

Is it from the perspective of an underrepresented group?

Does it make you think?

You can also submit an article for the Wooden Spoon Public Award

Wooden Spoon Award is elected to a theme, rather than to an individual journalist or article. This recognises and highlights the collective responsibility of writers to represent the issues responsibly. The Wooden Spoon Award aims to tackle misrepresentation of the issues that lead to irresponsible reporting that reinforces the attitudes that enable gender-based violence.

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