Kelly’s creation impresses judges

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A talented teenager’s 
powerful image has 
triumphed in a competition 
to highlight the issue of 
violence against women.

Kelly Marie’s creation wowed the judges as part of 
an annual campaign linked to Empowered, 
the East Dunbartonshire Multi Agency Partnership to 
protect women in the area.

Entrants were invited to design the front cover for 
Empowered’s new strategy and action plan.

The competition, which was open to those aged 16-26, involved creating something that reflected the nature of Empowered’s work.

Its main aim was to highlight the issue of 
violence against women and to ultimately prevent it.

The 19-year-old’s winning image will now take pride of place on the front cover of 
Empowered’s local strategy booklet.

The new booklet will be produced next year.

Kelly Marie was presented with her prize at the 16 days of Action closing event held 
in Hillhead Community 
Centre.

Chair of Empowered, Madeleine Sidgwick said, “Kelly Marie’s entry really impressed the judges.

“She put an incredible amount of thought into her design.

“We are proud to have Kelly Marie’s image on the front of our strategy and action plan.”

Provost Walker added, “East Dunbartonshire Council is committed to a policy of zero tolerance on abuse.

“Violence against women, in all its forms, is never acceptable.

“Kelly Marie’s design really captures the work that the council and our partners do to help prevent gender based violence and support women who experience it.”

In addition, Empowered are also looking at a new and innovative resource or marketing tool which has a violence against women prevention theme.

It is hoped it can be used by Empowered with 
the partnership as well as 
individual agencies.

This might be a leaflet 
looking at healthy relationships, a DVD looking at gender stereotyping or a school lesson plan looking at teen abuse.

This additional competition is also open to 16-26 year olds and closes on February 7, with winners announced on February 21.

The winning entry will 
be chosen at an International Women’s day event in 
March.