Blog: Community

How our society, environment, and systemic structures are more disabling than a diagnosis
22 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 Laura Piscopo, discussing how we can reshape ourselves and society to fully include people with disabilities. Despite our […]

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The value of self-love in leadership
13 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 on International Self-Love Day, we are sharing an article written by Ashley St George on what self-love is, and why you should practice it. Self-love […]

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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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Bridging the digital divide: Supporting young people matters
10 January 2018

YWCA Canberra is calling on the ACT Government to ensure vulnerable young people receive the support and opportunities they desperately need to participate in the workforce of the future. The ACT is one of the most poorly performing jurisdictions when it comes to equity in educational outcomes for students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Our experience […]

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A shared vision for Early Childhood Education and Care in the ACT
10 January 2018

In 2017, ten established ACT early childhood providers joined forces to establish the Children First Alliance, collectively representing 46 early learning centres and more than 3500 children. Through the Alliance, YWCA Canberra is proud to join Anglicare NSW South, NSW West and ACT, Belconnen Community Services, Communities@Work, Community Services #1, Goodstart Early Learning ACT, MOCCA, […]

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Sex Ed @ the Polo
21 December 2017

Australia has one of the highest levels of reported sexual assault in the world, with young women aged between 10 and 24 the most likely victims. In this year alone, 42 women have been killed due to gendered violence. Further, in 2016 half of all university students were sexually harassed, as discovered through the release […]

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Meet Penny Leemhuis, founder of O.W.L’s
21 December 2017

Penny Leemhuis, founder of O.W.L.’s and formidable housing advocate, recently launched a documentary exploring older women and homelessness in the ACT. The launch of documentary was a huge success and has been credited with reigniting energy across civil society and government, to address this critical issue. We caught up with her to find out more […]

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Your recommended holiday reading list
15 December 2017

If you are looking for a feminist summer reading list, to transport and inspire you, look no further than YWCA Canberra’s curated holiday reading list. It also doubles a handy list of potential gifts for your friends and family. We have curated 21 of the greatest books that Y Canberra members, speakers, and staff have […]

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“I feel so comfortable to be myself” and other highlights from the second LGBTQIA+ Allies Prom
3 November 2017

Friday 13 October saw over 150 young people, along with volunteers and YWCA Canberra staff come together to enjoy the second annual LGBTQIA+ Allies Prom.  Jack-o-lanterns, a spooky lolly bar filled with sugar eyes and jelly spiders, bats and creepy crawlies filled the Ainslie Arts Centre, where the event was held. All sponsored tickets were sold […]

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Highlights from the #GirlsTakeOver Program
26 October 2017

On Wednesday 18 October, nineteen young women made history by taking over the Australian Federal Parliament under Plan International’s #GirlsTakeover program. The program was  organised by fellow YWCA Canberra member Ashleigh Streeter and myself, and provided young women the opportunity to step into the shoes of our nation’s top leaders for the day, and demonstrate […]

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