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Shortlist announced for the 2018 Awards

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2018 Write to End Violence Against Women Awards.

This year we received a wonderful range of submissions across all the categories. These were reviewed by a panel to form the shortlist below. To read more about what we were looking for when we review submissions, read Handle with Care, our guide for journalists.

We look forward to welcoming all the shortlisted authors to the awards ceremony on Wednesday 28th November, where the winners will be announced.

News Reporting – Sponsored by the Daily Record

Caitlin Logan Parties unite to pressure Crown Office over risk of ‘re-traumatising’ rape survivors with new prosecution policy

Caitlin Logan “Malicious misinformation” on gender recognition is impacting on trans young people, says charity

Peter Swindon Students fear ‘academic consequences’ if they report sex attacks on campus

David Thomson STUC youth conference demands independent inquiry into sex for rent scandal

News Feature – Sponsored by NUJ Glasgow Branch and NUJ Scotland

Dani GaravelliInsight: The Edinburgh clinic helping sex workers stay safe

Dani GaravelliInjustice cries out at Kavanaugh hearing

Kirsty StricklandWomen’s Aid workers share horror stories from women and children who seek sanctuary over Christmas

Caitlin LoganCourt process can “cause as much damage” for victims as domestic abuse, say women’s rights advocates

Best Blog or Comment – Sponsored by the University of Strathclyde

Lesley MacMillan and Deborah White – Technologising Rape and Sexual Assault: Can we really innovate the problem away?

Shona Craven – Santa Fe shooting: Stop telling girls to put male feelings first

Hailey Maxwell The Scottish Left Must Do More On Sexual Violence

Hailey Maxwell – Exhibition Review. Antony Connelly at Minus: “If You Got The Money” 

Year of Young People – Sponsored by the Young Women Movement

Katie McPeake Words for wounds

Rosie HiltonThe everyday resistance of surviving sexual violence

Elsa, Anna, Kirsty from Dingwall Academy Time’s Up

Georgina HayesWolves in Feminist Clothing

Wooden Spoon

This year’s wooden spoon award will be announced at the ceremony.


The Write to End Violence Against Women Awards 2017


On Thursday 7th December we will celebrate the winners of this year’s Write to End Violence Against Women Awards.

There’s still time to register for tickets – sign up here!

We are delighted to welcome Monica Lennon MSP, who is our sponsor for the evening as well as Minister for Social Security Jeane Freeman.

We will also be joined by the producers of On the Engender – Scotland’s feminist policy podcast, produced by Engender and featuring the voices of experts from across Scotland’s women’s sector. They will be looking to speak to people throughout the night for future episodes – give them a listen here.

We look forward to welcoming our shortlisted writers, our 2017 panel of judges, our steering group, journalists, MSPs and members of the women’s sector.

Read the shortlisted articles here

Find out more about our 2017 panel of judges

For those of you not able to attend on the 7th, we will be tweeting about the event with the hashtag #WritetoEndVAW so please follow along! @WritetoEndVAW

 2017 Write to End Violence Against Women Awards

The Garden Lobby, Scottish Parliament 2017

17:30 – 19:30

Advised arrival time: 17:00

Drinks and canapes provided on reception

Zero Tolerance is supported in the running of the Write Awards by White Ribbon Scotland, Scottish Women’s Aid, Engender, Everyday Victim Blaming, Women 50:50, Rape Crisis Scotland, Women for Independence and the Scottish Refugee Council and media partner, The Sunday Herald newspaper.

We are grateful to our 2017 sponsors, NUJ Scotland and the University of Strathclyde.

New sponsors for Write to End Violence Against Women Awards

We are thrilled to announce that both the National Union of Journalists (Scotland) and Strathclyde University will be sponsoring awards at this year’s Write to End Violence Against Women Awards.

The NUJ Scotland will be sponsoring our ‘Best Article – News’ category

The union represents a broad range of media professionals and works for journalists in all sectors of the media as freelancers, casuals and staff in newspapers, news agencies, broadcasting, magazines, online, book publishing, in public relations, communications, and as photographers. NUJ Scotland has been working to shine a light on the issue of women’s representation both by the media and in the media. Read more here.

Find out more about the NUJ – Scotland on the website. Follow them on Twitter here.

The University of Strathclyde will be sponsoring the Best Article – Student & Young Person category.

A spokesperson at Strathclyde University said, “Strathclyde University takes pride in “useful learning” that engages fully with the community. Our media, journalism and creative writing programmes produce award-winning practitioners who shape the field in Scotland and beyond. From 2018 we are excited to offer new, interdisciplinary postgraduate programmes in Applied Gender Studies with Strathclyde Feminist Network.” 

Find out more about the University of Strathclyde on the website. Follow on Twitter and like on Facebook.


Write to End Violence Against Women 2017 open for submissions

We are excited to announce that the fifth Write to End Violence Against Women Awards is open for submissions.

We invite you to submit your writing, or someone else’s writing, for consideration in the 2017 awards.

2017 marks the fifth year that the Write to End Violence Against Women Awards will take place. Unfortunately irresponsible media coverage which perpetuates myths about domestic abuse is still rife. We are lucky to have a rich pool of writing talent in Scotland and we want to celebrate the writers who have challenged the idea that violence against women is ever acceptable.

The Write to End Violence Against Women Awards has six separate award categories. Anyone may nominate their own writing, or an article written by someone else for any of the categories.

  • Best Article – news
  • Best Article – features
  • Best Article – student & youth
  • Best Blog or Comment piece
  • *New for 2017* – Creative writing
  • Wooden Spoon

To nominate or submit an entry, please submit via the website. Alternatively, entries can be submitted by email to submissions (at) The deadline for entries is midnight 30 September 2017.

What are we looking for? 

When reviewing submissions for The Write to End Violence Against Women Awards we will be looking for well written, original contributions to awareness raising of gender inequality or Violence Against Women (VAW).  We have written guidance on how best to achieve this in Handle With Care, our guide for journalists – download here. Here are some questions to ask yourself about your piece

What Happens Next

After the closing date a shortlist will be chosen. All shortlisted writers will be invited to the awards ceremony which will be held at the Scottish Parliament during the 16 Days of Action for The Elimination of Violence Against Women in December 2017.

The Write to End Violence Against Women Pledge

The Write to End Violence Against Women Pledge

A charter for best practice in the reporting of violence against women and girls (VAWG)

Zero Tolerance Commits to:

  • Provide media outlets with detailed guidance on reporting VAWG.
  • Deliver free seminars for media professionals on the causes of VAWG and how this should impact reporting.
  • Offer ongoing phone support for reporters and content producers on the reporting of VAWG.
  • Supply media outlets with a current list of contacts for reporting on VAWG.
  • Support media outlets to undertake the charter process and implement relevant policies.
  • Audit annually the gender balance of content & byline production and publish the results.

Editors Commit to:

  • Circulate Zero Tolerance Handle with Care guidance to all staff members involved in content creation.
  • Ensure that images chosen to illustrate stories about VAWG do not distort the story, its seriousness or contribute to the problem by further objectifying women.
  • Support staff to attend Zero Tolerance training on reporting of VAWG and its causes.
  • Allow Zero Tolerance access to archives to research and monitor VAWG reporting.

Journalists and Producers Commit to:

  • Conduct all contact with survivors of abuse and violence with respect for their experience, dignity and safety.
  • Avoid the use of humour in reporting VAWG which risks minimising its pervasiveness and severity.
  • Refer to national and international statistics to place individual incidents in their wider social context to provide their audience with the ‘bigger picture’
  • Consider the view, held by both the Scottish Government and Zero Tolerance, that commercial sexual exploitation including prostitution, pornography and human trafficking are part of the same continuum of violence against women.
  • Never imply the victim is to blame for any abuse they experience through reference to their behavior.
  • Accurately portray perpetrators of violence as men, boys, husbands, fathers etcetera. Instead of using terms such as brute, beast, fiend or monster which distance their abuse from ‘ordinary’ men. VAWG is always committed by ordinary men.
  • Identify the real cause of violence against women – gender inequality and do not imply alcohol, football, or other external factors are to blame.
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