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EVAW Bulletin, Autumn 2016 

End Violence Against Women Media Awards

After months of searching, viewing, reading and listening the shortlist for the first ever UK-wide End Violence Against Women Media Awards has been announced. The Awards recognise and celebrate exemplary reporting on violence against women and girls which explains how and why abuse happens, is respectful of victims and survivors, and which has an impact on public debate. Check out the shortlist and tell us what you think using the hashtag #MediaEndingVAWG. Winners will be announced in the 25th November. 


The Write to End Violence Against Women Awards’, which recognise great Scottish journalism in this area have also published their shortlist and will announce their winners on 6 December. We hope that both sets of Awards will help increase discussion about good journalism on violence against women and girls.


EVAW sends an open letter to Cliff Richard, Paul Gambaccini and Nigel Evans asking them to drop their anonymity campaign

Our letter details why what they are calling for will make it harder for the police to build cases and is the wrong answer to the wrong question. We are calling for better police behaviour and better media reporting on these issues. Lord Paddick has tabled an amendment to the Police and Crime bill which is currently working its way through the Lords. EVAW is using the letter to brief peers.


Women and Equalities Select Committee inquiry into sexual violence in schools – EVAW and members respond

In September the Women and Equalities Select Committee published a report on sexual violence in schools following an inquiry which EVAW and many of our members gave evidence to. The recommendations include a change in the way schools respond to sexual violence and the introduction of sex and relationships education for all children. As part of our evidence, EVAW published a briefing into the human rights and equality implications for schools, governors, education authorities and the government and we are calling for considerable revision of child protection and safeguarding guidance as it applies in schools.


Campaigning for #SREnow

EVAW and many of our members are calling for a whole school approach to tackling sexual harassment and violence, and part of that approach is introducing age-appropriate sex and relationships education for all children in all schools. We again teamed up with The Everyday Sexism project, created an #SREnow microsite and shared our petition which has fast approaching 50,000 signatures. We have also shared a film showing why teaching children about sex, relationships and consent is as important as reading, writing and maths. Please watch and share the film (just like Emma Watson did!) using the hashtag #SREnow.


Sexual violence at universities – Government must step in to protect women on campus

Universities UK published its report into sexual violence at universities following extensive campaigning by EVAW. We welcome it as a first step but we would like to see UUK and the government go further to put in place better prevention measures, and clearer policies for responding to sexual violence. We would also like to see a mechanism for enforcement of these policies.  We strongly feel that given the scale of sexual assaults and harassment in our universities, and given that they serve, educate, house and sometimes provide other welfare services for women from the age of 18, which is the section of the female population most subject to sexual violence, our universities should aim for a standard of protection on a par with safeguarding.


25 November – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls

This year EVAW will be announcing the winners of our first ever media awards on the 25 November. It would be great to know what others are up to during the 16 days of action – please let us know what your plans are and we can share or join in. 

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