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Winners of the 2016 @ZTScotland Write to End Violence against Women

We are proud to have supported Zero Tolerance's 4th annual Write to End Violence against Women Awards this year.  Whilst we focus on challenging inappropriate, misleading and offensive media coverage of violence against women and girls, it is also important to acknowledge the impact of good writing in changing public perceptions and public policy. Zero Tolerance's media awards demonstrate the power of good journalism in fundamentally challenging and changing stereotypes, myths, and our victim blaming culture.

These are the winners for 2016.

Winner of Best Article – News 

Libby Brooks, The Guardian

‘Sexist hate crimes given second-class status, says senior Tory MP’

Winner of Best Article – Comment & Feature

 Vicky Allan, The Herald

India – in the land where women are deemed worthless

Best Blog

 Claire Heuchan, Sister Outrider

‘Self-Care or Speaking Out? A Black Feminist Dilemma’

Best article – Student and Young Person

 Lucy Miller, Glasgow Guardian

‘Whose streets? Our streets!’ – How Glasgow reclaimed the night

Gender Equality Awards 2016: Women And Migration

 Ferret journalists; Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi, Lyra McKee, Karin Goodwin, The Ferret

Domestic violence: ‘Home Office must act to save lives’

Wooden Spoon

Rather than award “worst article” or wooden spoon to a particular article, the organisers have decided to award this year’s Wooden Spoon to a theme. This recognises the shortcomings of representation as a whole, rather than singling out one individual journalist.

This year, the Wooden Spoon was awarded to the them of ‘invisible women’. Namely, the media’s tendency to neglect to mention the woman in cases of a family killing and instead focus the majority of coverage on the perpetrator. This theme was motivated by two instances of women being killed by their partner; Claire Hart in Spalding, England and Clodagh Hawe in County Cavan, Ireland. In both instances the husband killed their wife, children and then themselves.

The Wooden Spoon award was presented by Kristy Strickland and (Zero Tolerance) will be publishing a transcript of her presentation in the next few days.




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