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We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2017 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 reviews submissions, read Handle with Care, our guide for journalists.

We look forward to welcoming all the shortlisted authors to the awards ceremony on Thursday 7th December, where the winners will be announced.

Best Article – News

Island rape victims forced to endure second hell due to lack of local forensic facilities
Annie Brown

“Years of my life stolen because of abuse” Woman speaks of abuse hell
Sandra Dick

Hundreds of sex trafficking victims found and helped in Glasgow as numbers rise
Hannah Rodger

Pioneering Violence Against Women project backed by mother of student victim
Caitlin Logan

US ditches controversial rape clause and family cap welfare policies
Judith Duffy

Best Article – Feature 

Paul Nuttall’s burqa ban seems to forget that the public are more at risk from white men than Muslim women
Kirsty Strickland

Why sex for rent is not a deal like any other
Vonny Leclerc

“Bring me my scooter so I can leave you” (This article was published in PosAbility magazine)
Niki Tennant 

Domestic abuse: This article will upset you but it is vital that you read it
Vicky Allan

Rape: the victims’ stories (This is a four part series – read here Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4)
Hannah Rodger

Best Blog/Comment

News Blackout – Why Aren’t Black British Women Treated Fairly In the Media?
Layla-Roxane Hill

Inside Outside 

Why the dialogue on street harassment needs to remain open
Lindsay Linning

“Just Ignore It”
Talat Yaqoob

A week of male violence
Kirsty Strickland

Best Article – Student & Young Person

Philip Davies fails us as an MP by ignoring complex power structures
Clea Skopeliti

Domestic abuse is happening at university. So why don’t we talk about it?
Polly Smythe and Niamh Anderson

Inside the hospitality industry: a culture of harassment
Richard Joseph with Meilan Solly and Jonathon Skavroneck

Ched Evans’ aquittal shows lack of progress in social response to rape
Rachel Joint

Gender Equality Award 2017: Creative Writing

You can read all creative writing pieces in our booklet 

The Woman I do not Know (page 60 – 62)
Lorna Hill

3 poems (page 63 – 65)
Erin Kelly

Sarcasm against the patriarchy (page 66)
Caitriona Large

Consequence (page 67 – 72)
Charlotte Platt 

3 poems (page 73 – 75)
Anila Mirza

Wooden Spoon

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


Gina Davidson, winner of the Gender Equality in Political Reporting Award for her “Let’s hear it for the smart girls” article published in the Edinburgh Evening News

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.

BACK in 1992 when the Zero Tolerance campaign launched in Edinburgh and was considered controversial for putting the issue of domestic abuse on the flagpoles of Princes Street and on the sides of Lothian buses, I was just starting out on my career in journalism.

Covering “women’s issues” wasn’t even a consideration – I just wanted to tell people’s stories and uncover wrongs in society; to get an exclusive.

It turns out that the stories which I’ve told, the wrongs which I’ve “uncovered” have too often involved women – too many women – who have suffered domestic assault, violence, rape and other physical and mental abuses.

You run campaigns for organisations like Women’s Aid, you write editorials welcoming new policies in tackling domestic abuse, you search for ever more powerful testimony from women whose lives are shattered, and yet you can be left wondering if any of it has impact.

That’s why the Write to End Violence Against Women awards are important. They are a recognition that newspaper journalists are trying to get to the heart of an issue which shames Scotland – as well as being a conscience to a media which can still be inherently sexist.

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



Gina received her award from Women 5050’s Talat Yaqoob

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

Judith Duffy, winner of Best Article – News for her Sunday Herald piece on street harassment.

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 WAS delighted to win the award for best news article at this year’s Write to End Violence Awards, which had so many fantastic entries in all categories.

My article published in the Sunday Herald – ‘Scottish women taking on the sexist curse of street harassment’ – was written in the wake of the case of Poppy Smart, a young woman who went to the police after being plagued by wolf-whistling and sexist comments from builders every day.

The article uncovered some shocking statistics about the levels of sexual harassment experienced by women in the street and highlighted the work being done by movements like Hollaback, which encourages women to share their experiences of unwelcome jeers and obscenities.

Too often this issue is dismissed as harmless banter or wolf-whistling – yet it is something which impacts on everyday lives. Many women will have experienced that feeling of dread walking past a building site on their own.

As one of the Hollaback campaigners noted, 10 years ago street harassment wasn’t even a term, just something that happened. It is mainly thanks to the efforts of women like Poppy Smart that attitudes are beginning to change.

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



Judith received her award from Richard Walker of the National

Eve Livingston, winner of Best Student Award for her piece On Rape Culture

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 delighted to have won this award and I’m very grateful to the organisers and judges who make this important event happen every year.

This is an honour that’s made even more special by the fact that, at the inaugural Write to End VAW Awards in 2012, I was lucky enough to win the first ever Best Blog prize.

That blog was about Reeva Steenkamp and the media’s treatment of her after her death at the hands of a man. Last week, almost exactly three years later, that man was finally convicted of her murder.

That it took so long for her killer to be brought to justice shows just how easily rape culture permeates structures as fundamental as criminal justice. But that doesn’t happen on its own, and that those three years have been filled with media discussion of the case ranging from victim-blaming to the idolisation of a murderer shows how reliant such a culture is on dominant narratives which excuse and minimise male violence against women.

That’s why writing is a crucial form of activism; it raises important voices to a rape culture whose enduring popularity relies on rhetoric. It allows us to present counter-narratives to those which bolster structural inequality.

Writing to end violence against women shouldn’t be necessary. But as long as it is, I am proud to play a part.

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


Eve received her award from NUS Women’s Officer, Emily Beever

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