Two Herald columnists have been shortlisted for an award recognising campaigning journalism that tackles the issue of violence against women and girls.

Daniella Theis and Catriona Stewart are both named in the Opinion and Comment category at the Write to End Violence Against Women Awards.

Ms Theis is a finalist for her column on victim blaming the survivors of sexual assault while Ms Stewart is recognised for a piece tackling women's safety on public transport.

A spokeswoman for the awards said: "Following open public nominations, these entries were shortlisted by our expert steering group for excellence in tackling important issues around violence against women and girls, challenging norms and stereotypes, and giving a voice to those affected by this abuse."

READ CATRIONA STEWART'S PIECE HERE: Women's fears on public transport limits their lives

Ms Theis is one of The Herald's newest columnists, bringing a fresh look at the important topics of the day.

Ms Stewart is one of the paper's longest-serving opinion writers, having written a bi-weekly column since 2010.

Both women are also involved in Women in Journalism Scotland (WiJS), a volunteer-led body set up to pursue equality and advancement in the profession; Ms Stewart is vice-chair while Ms Theis is a committee member.

Ms Theis said: "I am absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for the Write to End Violence Against Women Awards alongside other amazing journalists, including the amazing fellow WiJ member Catriona, who have been covering these important topics.

"Giving survivors a voice and changing the narrative around reporting is an issue close to my heart.

"It is so great to see this not only recognised but echoed by so many other journalists."

READ DANIELLA THEIS'S PIECE HERE: Victim blaming deeply affects survivors of sexual assault

Winners will be announced at an online event on November 28 by the awards' panel of expert judges, including Afua Hirsch, award-winning writer and former barrister, and Nicole Jacobs, Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales.

Ms Stewart added: "I am very pleased to be shortlisted alongside such impressive and skilled journalists, particularly as these awards recognise an area that is important to me both in a professional capacity and in other volunteering roles I hold.

"I'm thrilled to see Daniella shortlisted, particularly so early on in her career, and I hope this showcases what a talent she is - she is very much one to watch and I have my fingers crossed for her."