Finalists in the 2016 Our Watch Awards have been announced. The Awards, administered by the Walkley Foundation, recognise exemplary reporting to end violence against women and their children.
Our Watch Chief Executive Officer, Mary Barry said:
“The media plays a powerful role in bringing the issue of violence against women to our attention and shaping the national conversation. With this platform comes a great deal of responsibility.
“It is crucial that those doing it well are applauded. The Our Watch Awards recognise those who set a new standard, holding a mirror up to society and highlighting what works to prevent violence from happening in the first place. I look forward to celebrating the finalists and winners at the ceremony in September,” said Ms Barry.
Finalists, in alphabetical order, are:
Best use of social media
Ollie Henderson, Paloma Brierley Newton, Olivia Melville, Lucy Watson and Lucy Le Masurier, Sexual Violence Won’t Be Silenced, “#sexualviolencewontbesilenced”
The winner of each category will go in the running to receive the Our Watch Gold Award.
The awards ceremony will be held in Sydney on Wednesday, 14 September 2016.
About the Our Watch Awards
Our Watch developed a new national media awards scheme, administered by the Walkley Foundation, to recognise and reward exemplary reporting of violence against women, in particular reporting that highlights the causes of violence and what we as a society can do to ‘stop it before it starts’. The Our Watch Awards is an initiative under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.