Media, power and violence against women

It's been a difficult few weeks (months? years?) for everyone who cares about speaking truth to power, and ending violence against women. We know it can be tough to wade through so much coverage about the stories which have been dominating the press recently, so we've pulled together some of the writing we've found.

We'd like to send love and solidarity to everyone finding things tough, and remind folk that Scottish Women's Aid and Rape Crisis Scotland do fantastic work to challenge violence against women in Scotland and are there to offer support if you need it. If you or someone you know is affected by the recent news cycle or is seeking advice, you can find useful numbers and resources here.

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From Scotland

We know how powerful writing on gender inequality and violence against women can be when it's done well, and in Scotland we are fortunate to have strong voices for women's equality in journalism and the wider media, recognised yearly at the Write to End Violence Against Women Awards which are coordinated by Zero Tolerance. Now in their sixth year, these awards celebrate and highlight writers who raise awareness of gender inequality and violence against women, and categories cover paid and unpaid journalism and writing, as well as a special youth category for the Year of Young People. This year's award ceremony takes place on Wednesday 28th November at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh.

Over the summer, we've been involved in work with academics, journalists, campaign groups and women's equality organisations on the Gender Equal Media Scotland project. The project brings together those who want to see a Scottish media which treats women equally – as employees, as contributors and as subjects of media attention. Events on gendered representations in the press and gendered patterns of employment in media have brought together speakers from across the country and beyond to address issues of representation of women in news rooms, reporting on violence against women, and more.

The importance of coverage that challenges the structures of gender inequality and that centres women's stories and experiences has never been more clear, but we still have a ways to go. Hang in there.

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