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The model minority and the price of speaking out
5 December 2019

She Leads In-Conversation events provide Canberrans with the opportunity to hear from women leaders from different backgrounds and industries, in a conversational format, followed by a live Q&A session and networking. Advocacy has long been a means used to directly influence contentious Australian public policy. As a result of advocates, there have been some significant […]

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Five minutes with Mikaela Danvers
20 November 2019

Mikaela Danvers is a design educator, lecturer and researcher with specialist skills in teaching business fundamentals, goal setting, strategic planning, and building a brand. Founder of The Makers Collective, Mikaela brings learned knowledge and experience to the world of makers looking to turn their hobby into a business. The practical skills taught within her online school, The […]

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A night in the forest at the LGBTQIA+ & Allies Prom 2019
14 November 2019

YWCA Canberra’s fourth annual LGBTQIA+ Allies Prom was held on Friday 8 November at Ainslie Football Club. YWCA Canberra’s Senior Communications Officer, Angel Hellyer, volunteered her time and writes about the experience below.  On Friday night I was fortunate enough to volunteer at our fourth annual LGBTQIA+ & Allies Prom. Having only joined YWCA Canberra […]

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She Leads Diploma – Five quick questions with Sonia Di Mezza
8 November 2019

Sonia Di Mezza is the Deputy CEO of the ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service (ADACAS). She holds a Masters of International Law majoring in human rights, is a solicitor and has worked for the past twenty years as a human rights lawyer, both internationally and in Australia. Below Sonia reflects on her experience […]

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Speak Up! Reflections from She Leads High Conference 2019
8 November 2019

On Friday, 1 November, over 65 girls, including female-identifying and non-binary people in years 9 and 10 from high schools across Canberra and the surrounding regions came together to attend the 2019 She Leads High Conference. Held at the University of Canberra, the conference theme was Speak Up, where students learned to find their voices […]

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CEO speech at the launch of Our lives: Women in the ACT
31 October 2019

On 29 October 2019, YWCA Canberra launched Our lives: Women in the ACT. This report, based on a survey we conducted of over 1000 Canberra women, provides insights into the daily lives of women in the Territory. At our launch event, our Chief Executive Officer Frances Crimmins gave her reflections on why this report is […]

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Sharing Our lives with the Canberra community
30 October 2019

We were honoured this week to launch our new report, Our Lives: Women in the ACT. This report, based on a survey we conducted of over 1000 Canberra women, provides insights into the daily lives of women in the Territory. We were joined by around 40 members of the community including MLAs, MPs, community sector […]

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CEO speech at YWCA Canberra’s 90th anniversary
24 October 2019

On 16 October 2019, YWCA Canberra celebrated 90 years of providing essential, quality services for women, girls and families in our region. Along with speeches from our Board Directors and members, our Chief Executive Officer Frances Crimmins gave her reflections on 90 years of YWCA Canberra. Below is a transcript of Frances’ speech.     […]

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YWCA Canberra: 90 years strong
17 October 2019

Thanks to everyone who joined us last night to celebrate 90 years of YWCA Canberra serving the Canberra community and changing lives for the better. We were privileged to celebrate this milestone with so many friends and colleagues from across the ACT. And it wouldn’t be a YWCA Canberra event without us giving something back! […]

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GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable
11 October 2019

Twenty-five years ago, more than 30,000 women from 200 countries arrived in Beijing for the World Conference on Women, determined to recognize the rights of women and girls as human rights. Representative countries unanimously adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing the rights of not only women […]

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