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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.

One week to go: Friday’s featured category – Student and Youth

This is the final week to nominate articles for the 2016 awards! Each day during‎ WritetoEndVAW‬ ‪#‎1Week2Go‬, we’ll be featuring a different award category.

Students and young people often bring new perspectives and insightful thought to writing on gender inequality and violence against women. The Write to End Violence Against Women Awards recognise the excellent work of the next generation of journalists with a dedicated category for Best Article – Student and Youth.

The terms and conditions for this category are:student-category-photo

  • Article must have been written by a student
  • (this includes students at school, college and university as well as mature students) or by an author aged 26 or under.
  • Article can be news, comment or feature.
  • Author may or may not have received financial compensation for the piece.

Deadline for Submissions: 30th September, 2016

You can nominate your own writing or someone else’s, and you can make as many nominations as you like!

For full details, please visit our How to Enter page.

To stay informed about the awards, like the Write to End VAW Awards Facebook page and follow our Twittefeed. Follow the hashtag #WritetoEndVAW.

Alex Renton, winner of the Best Article – Comment and Features category for his investigative piece in The Observer titled “Rape, child abuse and Prince Charles’s former school”.

Over the festive break, we’ll be sharing reflections from each of our 2015 Write to End Violence Against Women Awards winners which were originally published in the National Newspaper on 11 December 2015.

I’M so pleased and proud to get a prize in these excellent awards – particularly because my 11-year-old daughter Lulu came along to Holyrood to see me get my hands on the glassware.

It’s good that she knows Scotland will not tolerate violence against women and children – and that her dad’s job, often pretty silly-looking, can be part of that task.

Our long investigation of child rape and other crimes at Gordonstoun School in Moray was motivated by two things. One was the need to show that the flaws in protection systems for the vulnerable occur at all levels of society: in “great” public schools as well as in care homes. So does the culture of complacency and cover-up.

The other was to point up how terribly the Scottish legal system lets down survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Scottish advocates will tell you that we have the best legal system in the world; but it is plain to victims of rape or of violence in the home that, for them, our system is one of the worst

You can read Alex’s winning piece by linking through here.


Alex received his award from Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP

Winners of 2015 Awards

The organisers of this year’s awards were extremely excited  to have a full house at the Scottish Parliament garden lobby last night for the 2015 Write to End Violence Against Women awards. We are incredibly grateful to all our speakers and supporters, especially Fiona Hyslop who presented the Best Article Comment & Features award and Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale for sponsoring the event. We were also delighted that Green MSP Alison Johnstone, whose support has been instrumental in building and growing the awards, was in attendance last evening.

Although there is plenty of work to do to achieve full gender equality and tackle all forms of violence against women in Scottish society, it was incredibly inspiring and heartening to be in a room packed full of people — from our speakers, to our judging panel, to our shortlisted writers, to our political leader, to women’s sector representatives — who are working tirelessly to make Scotland a more equal society where violence against women is not tolerated.

So, without further ado, the winners of the 2015 Write to End Violence Against Women Awards are. . .

Best Article – News

Judith Duffy
Scottish women taking on the sexist curse of street harassment
Sunday Herald

Best Article – Comment & Features

Alex Renton
Rape, child abuse and Prince Charles’s former school
The Observer

Best Blog

Isabelle Kerr
“Fifty Shades of Grey” Saviour of Relationships or Abuser’s Handbook
Glasgow Rape Crisis Blog

Best Student Article

Eve Livingston
On Rape Culture
Personal blog –

Gender Equality Award 2015 Sponsored by Women 5050

Gina Davidson
Let’s Hear it for the Smart Girls
Edinburgh Evening News

Wooden Spoon

This year’s Wooden Spoon Went Collectively to “Headlines”

A lot of reporting about good violence against women is sold short by headlines that seem design to capture readers’ attention in the most graphic way possible. In 2016, we’ll be encouraging media outlets to think more deeply about how they headline their stories. Watch this space for more developments. . .


To read more about the 2015 Write to End Violence Against Women Awards, please visit our media partner, The National Newspaper.

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