Category Archives: Nominations

Shortlist Announced for the 2015 Awards

We are delighted to announce the 2015 shortlist. The shortlist was chosen by a shortlisting panel that reviewed anonymised text of the nominations. Nominations were open to writers themselves and member of the public submitting others’ writing.

Jenny Kemp, Co-Director of Zero Tolerance says about this year’s shortlist:

“This year, with the support of the National, we’ve really been able push the boundaries of the award and reach out to a wider audience than ever before.

Fundamentally, we want to encourage media that is informed and responsible about VAW reporting, across a variety of formats and platforms.

So we’re delighted that this year, we’ve attracted a record amount of public nominations from diverse sources and we’re really pleased that our shortlist includes a broader range of voices.”

The winners of this year’s awards will be announced on 10 December at the Scottish Parliament.

Shortlist for four main categories

NB: There are two additional categories which will be announced at the ceremony: 1) the Gender Equality Award 2015: Women 50:50 Gender Equality in Political Reporting and 2) the Worst Article / Wooden Spoon award.

Best Article – News

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

Libby Brooks
Rape prevention campaign targets young Scottish men and bar staff
The Guardian

Lisa Hodge
(With further explanation of corroboration by Douglas Coulter)
Special report: A Kilwinning woman’s heartbreaking story of childhood abuse
Sister papers: Irvine Times, and Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald

Michael Alexander
Woman’s domestic abuse warning (WriteVAW Michael Alexander 1 & WriteVAW Michael Alexander 2  )
The Courier – Fife Edition

Best Article – Comment & Features

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

John Niven
Jonathan King must have wondered why he was the only one in the dock for using his fame to sexually molest young people
Sunday Mail

Marion Scott
My Tears, My Terror, My Torment, My Hell
(WriteVAW Marion Scott 1WriteVAW Marion Scott 2WriteVAW Marion Scott 3WriteVAW Marion Scott 4, & WriteVAW Marion Scott 5)
Sunday Mail

Paul O’Hare
Scots are helping babies born through sexual assault in ‘rape capital of the world’ Democratic Republic of Congo
Daily Record

Best Blog

Christina O’Neill
Close the ‘protection gap’ for women seeking asylum in Scotland
http://www.Coneillwrites.wordpress.com

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

Isabelle Kerr
Because she is a woman
Glasgow Rape Crisis Blog

Joint collaboration of the RASASH team, led by Jane Ferguson, with input from Moira Paton, Rebecca Fletcher, and Melody McIndoe
Why Women Groping Under Men’s Kilts is NOT Sexism
Rape & Sexual Abuse Service Highland – Everyday Sexism Highland

Best Student Article

Emilia Bona
Ched Evans saga calls football culture into question
The Student

Louisa Power
16 Days at Activism at GCU
RaRaRouge.Com

Olivia Morgan
Justice not served by Pistorius verdict
The Student

Eve Livingston
On Rape Culture
Personal blog – evelivingston.wordpress.com

One week to go! Thursday’s Featured Category: Best Student Article

This is the final week to nominate articles for the 2015 awards! Each day during‎ WritetoEndVAW‬ ‪#‎1Week2Go‬, we’ll be featuring a different award category.

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Thursday: Best Student Article

Students are often at the forefront of good, insightful thinking and writing about gender inequality and violence against women. We are keen to recognise student writers for their hard work and help Scotland’s next cohort of sensitive and responsible journalists to flourish.

The public is invited to nominate student writing that was published between 01/09/14 and 01/09/15 for the 2015 Best Student Article award.

The terms and conditions for Best Student Article are as follows:C36A7056

  • Author may or may not have received financial compensation for the piece.
  • Articles must have been published in a Scottish student publication, either online or in print.

It only takes five minutes to nominate yours or another’s writing. To find out how, please visit the How to Enter Page.

To find out more about the kind of excellent student article; that we are looking for, have a read of our Best Blog winners from 2013 (won by Kelley Temple) and 2014 (won by Laura Anne Brown). 

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at the Scottish Parliament on 10 December 2015.

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

One Week to Go! Wednesday’s Featured Category: Women 50:50 Gender Equality in Political Reporting

This is the final week to nominate articles for the 2015 awards! Each day during WritetoEndVAW‬ ‪#‎1Week2Go‬, we’ll be featuring a different award category.TalatYaqoobWomen5050Wednesday: Gender Equality Award 2015: Women 50:50 Gender Equality in Political Reporting

This year we are introducing our inaugural “Gender Equality Award”. The purpose of this award is to recognise that working towards a gender equal society is vital to ending violence against women. Gender inequality means that women have less economic, political and social power than men, making it possible for some men to abuse their power.

Each year the award will be themed around a different aspect of reporting about women. As the awards fall between two elections that prominently feature women – with some very disappointing press coverage at times – this year’s ‘Gender Equality Award’ is themed around Political Reporting and is sponsored by Women 50:50.

All too often, media coverage about high profile women in political life focuses not on their contributions or political beliefs, but on their clothing or personal appearance, etc.

The Gender Equality Award 2015: Women 50:50 Gender Equality in Political Reporting aims to recognise a writer whose work furthers the cause of gender equality.

The pieces nominated for this award do not need to directly mention violence against women, but they should be written in such a way that women’s roles and contributions to political life are responsibly represented.

Further conditions of award include:Women5050

  • Author may or may not have received financial compensation for the piece
  • Articles must be published, either in print or online, in a Scottish publication or primarily reaching a Scottish audience.
  • Article can be “hard news”, blog, comment, opinion or a more lengthy feature piece.
  • Must have been written in, or primarily for a Scottish audience.

Our bursary winner, Kirsty Strickland, has written eloquently about the representation of women in political life in today’s National

To nominate yours or someone else’s work for an award, please visit our How to Enter page.

The nomination deadline is this Saturday 31 October 2015, so nominate someone today!

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One Week to Go! Tuesday’s Featured Category: Best Blog

This is the final week to nominate articles for the 2015 awards! Each day during WritetoEndVAW‬ ‪#‎1Week2Go‬, we’ll be featuring a different award category.

Write Awards Liz Quote

Tuesday: Best Blog

In the digital age, it is no longer just professional journalists and traditional news outlets shaping public attitudes about VAW. Bloggers are also producing high quality work which confronts violence and gender inequality.

The public is invited to nominate a blog post (just one post, not the whole blog!) that was published between 1/9/14 and 1/09/15 for the 2015 Best Blog award.

Strong blog posts will
  • Use language carefully in a way that does not blame survivors.
  • Challenge myths and stereotypes
  • Provide a bigger picture view, and place individual cases in a wider national and international context.
  • Highlight the both the gendered nature of violence against women (and GBV) as well its root causes.
  • Be well written, original and contribute to raising awareness of gender based violence and/or gender inequality.
C36A7058Terms & Conditions
  • Must be published between 01/09/14 and 01/09/15
  • Author must not have received financial compensation for the piece.
  • Personal blogs accepted, but must be freely available online.
  • Must have been written in, or primarily for a Scottish audience.

It only takes five minutes to nominate yours or another’s writing. To find out how, please visit the How to Enter Page.

To find out more about the kind of excellent blog posts that we are looking for, have a read of our Best Blog winners from 2013 (Sarah Lauren Scott) and 2014 (Elli Wilson). The entire shortlists for both years are available here.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at the Scottish Parliament on 10 December 2015.

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

One Week to Go! Monday’s Featured Category: Best Article

This is the final week to nominate articles for the 2015 awards! Each day during WritetoEndVAW‬ ‪#‎1Week2Go‬, we’ll be featuring a different award category.Image with logo & following text: “We know that media representations of women in general, and violence against women in particular, have huge power to perpetuate damaging and dangerous myths, and help contribute to gender inequality.” – Emma Ritch, Executive Director of Engender Scotland, on #WritetoEndVAW

Monday: Best Article

We know that “straight news pieces” and “comment pieces” often have different styles and aims,so this year we split the Best Print Journalism Article category into two separate categories. These categories are open to journalists writing either print or online, in a Scottish publication or primarily reaching a Scottish audience.

The terms and conditions for the “Best Article” categories are:

Best Article – news
  • Author must have received financial C36A7052compensation for the piece.
  • Articles must be published, either in print or online, in a Scottish publication or primarily reaching a Scottish audience.
  • Article must be a “hard news” story, i.e. a piece of reporting intended to objectively communicate the facts of the story.
  • Work may be published in any local or national Scottish publication.
Best Article – comment & features
  • Author must have received financial compensation for the piece
  • Articles must be published, either in print or online, in a Scottish publication or primarily reaching a Scottish audience.
  • Article can be a comment, opinion or a more lengthy feature piece, i.e. a piece of writing intended to provide more analysis and context than a straightforward news piece.
  • Work may be published in any local or national Scottish publication.

It only takes five minutes to nominate yours or another’s writing. To find out how, please visit the How to Enter Page.

To find out more about the kind of high calibre work that we are looking to recognise, have a read of our excellent Best Article winners from 2013 (Anni Donaldson) and 2014 (Nancy Lombard).

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at the Scottish Parliament on 10 December 2015.

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

Logo with Carolyn Leckie Quote: “This award is a long overdue antidote to the status quo of lazy stereotypes and misunderstanding of violence against women, where usually women are blamed and perpetrators are invisible. “This will shine a light on the insidious messages that usually pervade the media, and highlight the informed and more sophisticated contributions.”