Violence Against Women and Girls - Schools Media Challenge

Your challenge is to write and produce a short podcast or YouTube video that raises awareness of the issues surrounding violence against women and girls

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Somerset and North Somerset are safe places to live, and we want to make sure it stays that way.  But violence against women and girls is a growing concern, affecting much younger girls than it used to.  So, we’d like your help to spread the word about the harassment and assault that many girls and young women are subjected to on a daily basis.

We’re talking about any act of gender-based violence that causes physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women and girls.

We’d like you to imagine you’re an influential YouTuber or Podcaster, and we want you to make a short podcast or video to tell other young people, just like you, about the cat-calls, the sexist comments and unwelcome attention that can often lead to sexual harassment and physical violence.

Girls at school are among those at greatest risk; a recent Somerset youth survey showed that 45% of girls fear physical violence and sexual harassment on their way to and from school, while half of all women and girls have experienced some form of unwanted touching.

When you’re writing your script, think about the impact of this kind of violence on the women and girls in your life, not just the victims but their friends and family too.  Also, make sure you offer advice and guidance to the people who will watch and listen to your video or podcast and tell them where to find support if they need it.

There are lots of helpful videos and other resources here on the website to make sure you’ve got all the facts.  You’ll also find links to some other really useful websites too – just look at the menu to the left.

You don’t need a load of specialist equipment; in fact, you can make a really good video or podcast on your phone, laptop or tablet- it’s the script that’s (most) important.  Take time to make sure you include all the important information and that you’ve got a brilliant, creative idea to make it interesting to the people who will see or hear it.

Your podcast or video needs to be about one-minute duration and you need to send it to us by 14th April at the latest.

There are lots of other schools across North Somerset and Somerset taking part in this project and the best entries will be shared online.

So, what are you waiting for?  Get creative, have fun and we look forward to seeing your videos or hearing your podcasts soon.


Before You Start!

  • Download the lesson plan – decide how you want to adapt it
  • Look at the ‘Resources’ section to find out more information
  • The key elements of the workshop are:
  1. Learn and understand the issue
  2. Mind-map your ideas
  3. Write a great script based on the information you’ve learned
  4. Decide who will perform the script and who will carry out technical roles such as recording or editing
  5. Record your script
  6. Think about what else you need for your finished podcast or video (sound effects, music)
  7. Send your finished ads to us via the Upload Form (bottom left) or via Dropbox, Google Drive or WeTransfer.  Our email is [email protected]


Tip 1

Work together in groups of four or five – more minds will create something really special and interesting.  Discuss what you’re being asked to do and brainstorm to come up with a brilliant idea.

Tip 2

Make sure you research the subject before you start writing.  Use the resources here on the website and follow the links to relevant websites.  Watch all the videos too, they’re packed full of useful information.

Tip 3

You don’t need loads of special equipment – you can record on a mobile phone or a tablet.  There is free software available online if you want to edit your video – this article recommends some of the best.  For free audio editing programmes take a look here.

Useful Videos

Useful websites and downloads – ensuring every woman and girl has access to safety, choice and a voice – advancing children’s rights and equality for girls  – how to spot unhealthy behaviour and what to do about it – help and advice for those experiencing domestic abuse – essential support for under 25s

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