Winner of 2016 Writing Bursary

The winner of the 2016 Write to End Violence Against Women Award bursary was Annie McLaughlin. Annie works as gender equality officer for the University of Strathclyde and is an enthusiastic writer in her spare time, with a Masters degree in creative writing. The standard of competition was extremely high but Annie’s passion for writing, as well as her strong working knowledge of gender issues, really shone through.

Read Annie’s interview with the Herald here

Annie said: “In my work I am responsible for helping to implement gender equality initiatives to achieve cultural change at the university, in particular to improve female representation in certain subject areas and leadership in senior management.

“I was really keen to apply for the bursary – I have always written in one form or another since I was a child.

“I thought it was a really good opportunity to combine something I have great passion for – in terms of gender equality – and use my writing skills to try and make an impact in that area.”

Annie wrote pieces on topics related to violence against women and the press, which were jointly commissioned by Zero Tolerance and the Sunday Herald. You can read all of Annie’s pieces here:

25 September 2016– Drama in the dock: does The Fall glamorise rape and violence against women?

4 December 2016 – Revealed: the shocking truth about Scotland’s rape culture on campus

11 December 2016 – Allan wins top award for article illustrating violence against women

19 February 2017 – Sexism and harassment at work creating a ‘mental health timebomb’ for women

14 May 2017 – The blame shame: why do we persist in holding victims partly responsible for sexual assault?

16 July 2017 – The power of zero: how a bold Scotland-based campaign changed the world’s thinking about sexual violence