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Winners of the 2018 Write to End Violence Against Women Awards

Picture of Christina McKelvie MSP, standing with Peter Swindon, Rosie Hilton, and Leslie McMillan holding trophies - all smiling!

A huge thank you to all of you who attended the 2018 Write Awards this week. We were thrilled to see such a packed event with so many people passionate about good media representation about violence against women.

Our compère Jude Henderson did a fantastic job of coordinating the ceremony and keeping things running smoothly.

We would like to give thanks to our wonderful MSP and speaker Christina McKelvie MSP, Minister for Older People and Equalities; it is wonderful to have MSPs who are actively and vocally challenging the narrative that says violence against women is ever acceptable. Huge thanks as well to our wonderful panel of judges and of course all the writers who entered this year’s competition.

Zero Tolerance is supported in the running of the Write Awards by White Ribbon Scotland, Scottish Women’s Aid, Engender, Everyday Victim Blaming, Rape Crisis Scotland, Forth Valley Rape Crisis,  and media partner, The Daily Record newspaper.

We are grateful to our 2018 sponsors, NUJ Scotland, NUJ Glasgow Branch, The Young Women’s Movement, and the University of Strathclyde.

Winner of Best Article – News Reporting, Sponsored by the Daily Record

Peter Swindon, The Herald

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


Peter Swindon, smiling, holding a trophy, next to Anna Burnside


Winner of Best Article – News Features, Sponsored by NUJ Scotland and NUJ Glasgow Branch

Dani Garavelli, The Scotsman

Insight: The Edinburgh clinic helping sex workers stay safe

Sadly, Dani could not join us on the night but we will be getting her trophy to her soon!


Winner of Best Blog or Comment, Sponsored by the University of Strathclyde

Lesley McMillan & Deborah White, Gender Politics at Edinburgh

Technologising Rape and Sexual Assault: Can we really innovate the problem away?

Karen Boyle standing with Lesley McMillan. Lesley is smiling, holding a trophy


Winner of Year of Young People Award, Sponsored by the Young Women’s Movement

Rosie Hilton, The Student Newspaper

The everyday resistance of surviving sexual violence

Patrycja Kupiec standing with Rosie Hilton. Rosie is smiling and holding a trophy.


Annie Brown wins award for ‘Best article – News’

Over the next week we will be publishing information about all of our 2017 Write to End Violence Against Women award winners. You can find the full list here.

You can also listen to interviews with attendees of the Write to End VAW awards, on Engender’s Podcast ‘On The Engender’.

Annie Brown won the Best News award for her investigative piece on the lack of forensic services for survivors of rape or sexual assault on Scotland’s Northern islands.

Read Annie’s piece for the Daily Record here: ‘Island rape victims forced to endure second hell due to lack of local forensic facilities’

Writing for the Daily Record, Annie shines a light on the fact that rape survivors must be escorted by police on a passenger flight or ferry to Aberdeen, because there are no forensic facilities on the Orkney or Shetland islands. This is both traumatic for the women and risky as there is a chance they may be recognised by locals on the plane or ferry with their police escort.

The pieces contains interviews and insights from Sandy Brindley of Rape Crisis Scotland, Linda Gray of Shetland Rape Crisis and Zelda Bradley of Orkney Rape Crisis.

Comments from judges: “This article raises a very important issue through a well written and original contribution. It draws well on agencies that have expertise in this area and links well to wider issues around VAW as well as the particular issue addressed. “

“This article had everything – it’s a very important subject that needs more attention, it spoke to real victims of the lack of services, it suggested how this might be remedied. It was both wide-ranging and specific, and was written clearly and cleanly.”

Read Annie Brown’s piece here: Island rape victims forced to endure second hell due to lack of local forensic facilities

The Rape Crisis Scotland hotline is 08088 01 03 02.

Contact Orkney Rape Crisis on 01856 872298 or at contact@orkneyrapecrisis.scot

Contact Sheltand Rape Crisis on 01595 745078 or 07570 062362 or at contact@shetlandrapecrisis.scot