This blog collates writing on women and media from across Scotland. If you’ve written a blog and are happy for it to be featured here, or would like to write something specifically for this site, get in touch.
By Nikki Chung, Zero Tolerance
It is that time of year again (where does the time go?!) where Edinburgh hosts the month-long Fringe festival. The Royal Mile is packed with street performers, and Edinburgh is ~sometimes~ dry, but definitely buzzing!
If you are, like me, overwhelmed by the amount of shows that the fringe puts on then look no further, I have compiled a short list of feminist-y and social issue performances that you can watch.
By Rachael Alexander, University of Strathclyde
It likely comes as no surprise that women’s football faces an uphill battle to assert its value, even in 2019. Even now, at the start of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, there is still a huge gulf between the attention and respect given to the men’s and women’s games.
This is due in no small part to the representation of women’s football – and women’s sport more generally – in the media. On this, the first day of the tournament in France, we’ve put together a handy how-to guide for gender-equal reporting on women’s sports. Throughout the World Cup, we’ll be keeping an eye on the coverage so if you see any particularly good (or bad) examples, send them to us. Thanks to all on Twitter who sent in their suggestions, we hope you find them useful!
For over 25 years Zero Tolerance have been working to end Violence Against Women, acknowledging the importance of the media in these efforts. What the media says about women matters. The ways Violence Against Women is reported in the media matters. Now in its seventh year, Zero Tolerance’s Write to End Violence Against Women Awards seeks to recognise and reward journalists and writers who raise awareness of gender inequality and Violence Against Women in a responsible and sensitive manner.
This year, Gender Equal Media Scotland is sponsoring a Scottish Student Journalism Award to highlight the importance of treating women equally - as employees, as contributors and as subjects of media attention - to a new generation of journalists. Six entries made the shortlist and in the lead up to the awards ceremony - taking place on 30 May 2019 - we'll be publishing them here. We wish all the shortlisted authors the best of luck, and we hope you enjoy reading these pieces as much as we did.
Steven Mair is a third-year student at the University of Strathclyde, where he'll be taking over as Editor-in-Chief of the Strathclyde Telegraph student paper after summer. Outside of university, he writes for the sports pages of the Sunday Mail.
By Andrew Jenkin (University of Strathclyde and University of Stirling)
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon last year described the Scottish Women National Team’s qualification for the 2019 FIFA World Cup (their first and a first for any Scotland football team since 1998) as ‘potentially transformational’ for women’s sport in Scotland, claiming their recent successes can ‘inspire the next generation to get involved’.
Indeed, the future of women’s football looks promising. It seems every week a new story comes out regarding barriers being broken, whether they be record attendances, investment and sponsorship or generally more equality for female athletes.
Here in Scotland, a positive picture is beginning to emerge.