.@ZTScotland celebrate the best of journalism at the #WriteToEndVAW awards

11/12/2015
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Ceremony recognises efforts to report issues of gender violence in Scottish media

CAMPAIGNERS to end violence against women recognised the efforts of journalists and writers at a Scottish parliament award ceremony last night [Thursday 10 December].

The Write to End Violence Against Women awards celebrated five separate categories of the best journalism in 2015, with the support of Scotland’s main political parties and feminist campaign groups.

Those recognised included Judith Duffy of The Sunday Herald (Best Article), Alex Renton of The Observer (Best Feature), Isabelle Kerr of Glasgow Rape Crisis (Best Blog), Eve Livingston (Best Student Article) and freelance journalist Gina Davidson (Gender Equality Award).

The aim of recognising quality journalism – that increases understanding and challenges the prevalence of gender based violence – is to encourage cultural change within the media and wider society.

Jenny Kemp, co-Director of campaign group Zero Tolerance, said: “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 Violence Against Women (VAW) reporting, across a variety of formats and platforms.”

Speakers at the event included Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale MSP and cabinet secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP.

The event was supported by a wide range of campaign groups, including Zero Tolerance, National Union of Journalists Scotland, White Ribbon Scotland, Scottish Women’s Aid, Engender, Everyday Victim Blaming, Women 50:50, Rape Crisis Scotland, Women for Independence and The National newspaper.

In the last year there were almost 60,000 instances of domestic abuse recorded by the police in Scotland.

Recent Scottish social attitude statistics found that a significant minority of people in Scotland still blame victims of sexual violence for the perpetrators actions.

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