How can we change the dialogue around violence against women and girls?
Right now there still exists a dangerous dialogue around women and girls safety that perpetrates the notion that it is women and girls who must change their behaviour in order to be safe.
It looks like this:
What was she wearing?
Why was she alone?
How much did she drink?
Why did she stay?
It exists in our everyday conversations, and in the public space.
Our Watch, as part of their work to end violence against women and children are recognising reporting that works to prevent violence that happens in the first place. The Our Watch Awards celebrate those who are setting a new standard when it comes to shaping the dialogue around violence against women and girls.
We have the power to tell the media that we want more responsible reporting by following those who do it well. By following the work of Our Watch’s 2016’s finalists, you’re giving the media a mandate to change the way they report.
Follow these award-winning journalists to show you stand for responsible reporting on violence against women and girls.
BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Miki Perkins @perkinsmiki and Erin Riley, @erinrileyau, Erinriley.com.au and The Age, “McGuire/Wilson Saga”
ALL MEDIA: BEST NEWS COVERAGE
Belinda Hawkins @hawkinsbelinda1, Steven Baras-Miller and Mark Farnell, Australian Story, ABC TV, “The Minister’s Secret”
ALL MEDIA: BEST SERIES OR SPECIAL
Nicola Berkovic @NicBerko, The Australian, “Family law system in crisis”
ALL MEDIA: BEST LOCAL/COMMUNITY JOURNALISM
James Oaten @james_oaten, ABC Darwin, “Hidden victims: Women on visas feeling trapped after domestic violence abuse”
ALL MEDIA: BEST LONGFORM
Sarah Ferguson @FergusonNews, Nial Fulton @nialfulton and Ivan O’Mahoney, ABC TV, “Hitting Home”
ALL MEDIA: BEST JOURNALISM CAMPAIGN
Lauren Novak @Lauren__Dailey and Sheradyn Holderhead, Sunday Mail and The Advertiser, “Knowing what we’re up against”