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10 December 2014
Write To End VAW Awards 2014 tonight!!

White Ribbon Scotland look forward to joining journalists and VAW sector workers to celebrate the announcement of the second annual Write to End Violence against Women Award for excellence in journalism.

 
Co-Organised by a host of anti-violence against women charities and the NUJ the award was designed to celebrate quality journalism about violence against women. The awards forms part of the 16 days of action around violence against women. The global theme for this years’ international 16 days campaign is 'From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let's Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women'.
 
Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for the Lothians, said:
 
When ‘security’ is described as a national priority by senior politicians, all too rarely do they give the impression that they understand the realities still facing women in this day and age.
 
“Men’s violence kills or incapacitates more women each year than cancer, malaria, road traffic accidents and war combined, and there is an urgent need to reframe narratives of security and defence in terms of what threats people actually face.
 
“For that reason, among many others, the Write To End Violence Against Women awards play a vital role in promoting the work of journalists with a keen sense of public interest reporting.”
 
Anni Donaldson, award judge and winner of last year’s award for best article says:
 
‘Challenging media portrayals of violence against women is a key part of the work to be done in Scotland and across the world. I congratulate all of this year’s nominees; whether or not you win, your writing is important.’
 
This award has 3 categories Best Article, Best Student Article and Best Blog. The award was open to journalists and writers whose work is published in a Scottish based publication or with a specific Scottish focus.

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