The sexual health awards take place annually as part of a celebration of sexual health to celebrate the work of those who wouldn’t be recognised for their hard work in the fight to improve sexual health in the United Kingdom.
The awards night, on Friday 14th March 2014, consisted of awards such as, Sexual Health Professional of the Year, Young Person of the Year, The Pamela Sheridan Sex and Relationships Education Award and the Sexual Health Media Campaign/Storyline of the year.
The evening began in The Old Billiard Room and Annex, as waiters with trays of alcohol walked around the room, offering a glass to every person entering. The room was alive with people talking to each other, while music played in the background. At about 7.15pm, everyone was escorted to the ballroom, where Jenny Eclair, stand-up comic and winner of the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinburgh festival, immaculately, hosted the award ceremony, humouring the crowd with her witty antics.
Of the category “The Pamela Sheridan Sex and Relationships Education award,” was the “Oii My Size” campaign. The campaign has been designed and developed by a group of teenage girls, focusing on helping young girls aged 10-18. Through their website and app, supported by workshops, their aim is to help teenage girls voice their opinion to teenage boys about how they would like to be approached. Discussing issues such as sexting, chat up lines, how to deal with certain situations and what is normal. They have also made boys more aware about treating girls with more respect and speaking to girls on a more intellectual level, rather than using chat up lines.
Even though they didn’t win an award on the night, their hard work has allowed girls to feel more confident in such situations and be able to apply the knowledge gained in their own situations, with access to further support and services being made available to them, which in itself is a huge achievement.