Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

We’re proud to be involved with the @WritetoEndVAW awards!

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Our campaign seeks to end victim blaming in media representations of domestic and sexual violence. Every day see excruciatingly inappropriate, inaccurate and misleading media coverage of violence against women and girls. We see women and children blamed for being victims of male violence and excuses made for men who kill. We focus so much on the negative media coverage of VAWG that we simply don't have time to recognise the writing which is challenging myths and misrepresentations of male violence.

This is why we are pleased to announce our involvement with the Scottish Write to End Violence Against Women awards led by  Zero Tolerance who are also supported by Engender, Women 50:50NUJ ScotlandWhite Ribbon ScotlandScottish Women’s Aid, and Rape Crisis Scotland.

The media are in a uniquely powerful position to help end male violence against women and girls by reporting accurately on the real causes and the consequences for women and children. It is important to recognise the writing of journalists and bloggers using their media platforms to challenge victim blaming.

These are the ways you can be involved in the Write to End VAW awards:

  • Submit your own or others’ writing for consideration — just be sure to first have a look at the terms and conditions here.
  • Like the Write to End VAW Awards facebook page and follow our Twittefeed.
  • Let us know if you come across great writing about Violence against Women. You can share it on the facebook page or tweet it us using the hashtag #WritetoEndVAW.
  • Don’t forget that we have a “Worst Article” category, so if you see something that makes your blood boil, let us know about that too. This category is open to writers in England and Wales, as well as Scotland.

In recognition of the fact that “straight news pieces” and “comment pieces” often have different styles and aims, the Best Print Journalist Article category has been split into two separate categories this year. These categories are open to paid journalists writing either print or online, in a Scottish publication or primarily reaching a Scottish audience:

  • Best Print Journalism Article – news
  • Best Print Journalism Article – comment & features

These categories are  for unpaid writers or writers just starting out:

  • Best Student Article
  • Best Blog
  • Worst Article

This year sees a new gender equality award. At EVB, we support Zero Tolerance's position men’s violence against women is caused by gender inequality, and that it helps this inequality to continue. As this year’s award falls between two elections that prominently feature women –with some rather shocking press coverage at times — this year’s”Gender Equality Award” is themed around Political Reporting and is being sponsored Women 50:50.

So, if you’ve seen some great political reporting about women this year or great reporting of violence against women and girls in Scotland, please nominate them here!

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