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The Write To End Violence Against Women Public Recognition Awards

Help us recognise media workers who are ending men’s violence against women and girls.

Reporting on violence against women and girls (VAWG) can play a vital role in increasing the public’s understanding of it. Media can draw links between VAWG and gender inequality and report on VAWG in a way that condemns its place in our society. Responsible reporting of VAWG is crucial to ending it through raising public and political awareness of its cause.

In response to Covid-19, we have changed the format of our annual The Write to End Violence Against Women Awards. Instead of our usual Award Ceremony, the Awards are now taking place online.

We’re running the Write to End Violence Against Women Public Recognition Awards to recognise and reward journalists and writers in Scotland who raise awareness of violence against women and girls through responsible and sensitive writing.

This award seeks to improve standards in journalism by rewarding those who further gender equality through their work. It is open to all writing in Scotland, including paid and unpaid writers.

How to Enter

We invite you to nominate 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 to violence against women and girls.

We will promote the winning articles on our social media during the 16 Days of Activism to Eliminate Gender Based Violence, which takes place between 25th November and 10th December.

Submit your nominated article for the Write To End Violence Against Women Public Recognition Awards by 12:00 (noon) Monday 15 November.


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

  • Be published between 01/10/20 and 15/11/21
  • Be created in Scotland or primarily reaching a Scottish audience

If you have any questions, please get in touch with

What makes a good article?

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 our media guidelines.

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, include 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 of 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

Read an article that made you angry? Submit it to our Wooden Spoon award. Our Wooden Spoon Award aims to tackle misrepresentation of VAWG in the media because irresponsible reporting reinforces attitudes that perpetuate gender-based violence. We’ll read submissions and identify themes, rather than award individual journalists or articles. We want to recognise and highlight the collective responsibility of journalists and writers to represent violence against women and girls responsibly.

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