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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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She Acts – Women After Dark
3 October 2019

Written by Ashleigh Streeter and Sophie Fisher, YWCA Canberra Board members Do you have an after dark safety ritual? On the phone, keys in hand, walking on the street instead of the dimly lit footpaths? Well, you’re not alone and that’s part of the problem. Last month She Acts, YWCA Canberra’s volunteer group, held an […]

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Meet a member – Emily Francis
3 October 2019

This article is part of our member profile series. Our members tell us that one of the things they love about being part of our community is getting to know like-minded women. We will feature an interview with a member here on our blog so you can get to know each other a little better. Today, […]

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The power of story
30 September 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. These events are in partnership with the University of Canberra, who like YWCA Canberra, are WGEA certified and share our vision of women’s empowerment. […]

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Winter School Holiday Project
16 September 2019

Over the July 2019 Winter School Holidays, the Youth Programs team provided a free and exciting school holiday program for young people aged 12-25 years living in the Tuggeranong area. The first week of the school holiday program coincided with NAIDOC Week 2019. It provided an opportunity for us to celebrate the history, culture and achievements […]

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Meet a staff member – Leah Dwyer
10 September 2019

At YWCA Canberra, we are proud of the vibrancy and diversity of our staff. As a regular feature on our blog, we’ll be bringing you staff snapshots so you can meet our team and find out a bit more about the people behind our programs and services. Today, meet Leah Dwyer. Tell us about your […]

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Mind the gap this Equal Pay Day
28 August 2019

Today is Equal Pay Day, which brings up a mixture of emotions. While the pay gap is dropping, now at 14 per cent, it is still far too high and a new KMPG report suggests the single biggest factor in driving a pay wedge between men and women is rising gender discrimination. The gap matters. […]

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Our take on the ACT Budget 2019-2020
15 August 2019

June 4 was ACT Budget day and YWCA Canberra joined other community groups to hear firsthand what was in the budget for the Canberra community and women. As with previous Budgets, we were reminded that local economic growth continues to be strong and Canberra remains a desirable destination for domestic and international migration. For many, […]

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Be part of the Story: Our Canberra Women’s Survey
15 August 2019

The stories of women are an important gauge of a community’s wellbeing. While Canberra is an affluent city on the surface, real and often unseen hardship exists. Women’s economic independence, capacity for recreation and their hopes and fears tell a valuable story about the wellbeing of our city and community. To mark our 90th anniversary and […]

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