Blog: Advocacy

How the Women’s March highlights the continued necessity for feminism in 2018
7 February 2018

At YWCA Canberra, we value diversity. That is why we launched Write for Us, an opportunity that provides our members and friends with a platform to discuss their experiences. Today, we are sharing an article written by Ashleigh Streeter, discussing her recent experience at the 2018 Canberra Women’s March. On February 4 2018, Canberra held […]

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Women’s interests are in the public interest: Why we need transparent gendered budget analysis and policy
23 October 2017

The ACT Government has called for pre-budget submissions to influence their budget allocations. You might recall in the last budget round, YWCA Canberra was alarmed by the lack of gendered analysis and funding allocated to the women’s plan. This time we will be calling for the ACT Government to fulfil its commitment to a Triple […]

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A week to uncover hidden poverty in Canberra
23 October 2017

Anti-Poverty Week is a chance for the community to highlight issues of poverty and inequality, and to come together to seek meaningful solutions to addressing these challenges. This year’s theme was dedicated to hidden forms of poverty. Through a series of events across the city, participating organisations explored the often insidious and invisible ways that […]

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Frances Crimmins’ keynote address – 2017 Australian Leadership Excellence Awards
1 September 2017

The Australian Leadership Excellence Awards celebrate the contributions and achievements of outstanding leaders and managers on a national scale. They bring together individuals whose vision, skill and integrity distinguish them from the crowd and inspire others to succeed. On Thursday 31st August, YWCA Canberra Executive Director, Frances Crimmins, delivered a keynote address at the 2017 […]

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The ACT is limping behind others when it comes to creating gender equality
15 August 2017

Originally published in The Canberra Times. – The release of the Human Rights Commission’s damning Change the Course: National Report on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Australian Universities, 2017 confirms that sexual assault and sexual harassment are occurring at unacceptable rates at Australian universities.   The Australian Human Rights Centre at UNSW subsequently launched a complementary report […]

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How big your brave is: escaping family violence to homelessness
11 August 2017

Canberra seems poised, positioned and ready to tackle domestic and family violence. Last year, the ACT government announced the Safer Families Package, worth $21.42 million dollars over four years, which to date has provided greater support to victims with enhanced frontline services and immediate financial support to those trying to escape family violence. In the […]

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Young Women Speak Out – creating positive change
25 July 2017

Young Women Speak Out (YWSO) is a two day advocacy training and campaign workshop for 16 -17 year old local young women, preparing participants to run a collective campaign strategy with other young Canberra women. This terrific initiative came about with the support of a YWCA Canberra Great Ydeas grant, and will commence later this […]

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Executive Director Frances Crimmins on the ACT Budget
21 June 2017

The ACT Government recently handed down the 2017-2018 budget, and we have undertaken an analysis of what the implications are for local women, girls, and their families. If you read the headlines, it’s clear what the Government has prioritised this year. It’s the tale of the ACT’s growing population, with an urgent need to meet […]

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Let’s Take the Next Steps – National Reconciliation Week 2017
29 May 2017

National Reconciliation Week is an important time for commemoration and inclusion in the Australian calendar. Running from 27 May to 3 June each year, these dates encapsulate important events in our nation’s history. Here, YWCA Canberra Board Director and Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Committee member, Sarah Burr explains these dates in more detail. Sorry Day  […]

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CSW61 conclusions – what’s it all about?
18 May 2017

We recently welcomed home the YWCA Canberra delegation from the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), who now have a clear picture of what needs to happen here in Australia and in Canberra in order to progress towards achieving gender equality. We caught up with delegates Hannah Gissane, Sarah Burr, […]

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