Blog: Gender Equality

Reflections from World Council
23 December 2019

YWCA Canberra’s Vice President Ashleigh Streeter and Board member Sophie Fisher were among a contingent that attended the YWCA World Council. These are their reflections. From 17 to 22 November 2019, we were fortunate enough to attend the 29th YWCA World Council in Johannesburg, South Africa. World Council is held every four years and brings […]

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Our submission for the 2020-21 ACT Budget
23 December 2019

It has been a busy period in our advocacy work with our submission to the 2020-2021 ACT Budget coinciding with the launch of our Women’s Survey report. This submission aligned with the themes outlined in our previous work and included stronger calls for improved gender-responsive budgeting, transparent monitoring of program and policy outcomes for women […]

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Our lives: a survey of more than 1000 Canberra women
23 December 2019

Our Lives: Women in the ACT set out to investigate whether the common headlines describing Canberra as ‘economically progressive’ or ‘safe and inclusive’ were an accurate reflection of women’s experiences. Launched at the ACT Legislative Assembly on 29 October to an audience of community sector stakeholders and members of the ACT Legislative Assembly the survey […]

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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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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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Innovation in Housing Typology
13 June 2019

This week YWCA Canberra’s CEO, Frances Crimmins participated in the Property Council ACT’s event, “Innovation in Housing Typology”. The event focused on affordable housing in the ACT and new models to ensure all Canberrans have an appropriate, affordable and safe place to call home. The below article is an excerpt from Frances’ presentation, which followed […]

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ACT Budget 2019-2020 – What you need to know
7 June 2019

While Chief Minister and Treasurer, Andrew Barr used the 2019-2020 ACT Budget to remind us that local economic growth continues to be strong, Canberra remains one of the most expensive cities in which to rent, particularly for those on low incomes or social security payments. For many Canberrans, public and social housing are the only […]

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What comes after #MyMum – Preventing homelessness amongst Australia’s older women
15 May 2019

You’d have to be a neophyte in the ways of social media and online news to have avoided the hashtag #MyMum over the last week. Sparked by a comments made by the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in relation to his late mother and the intellectual pursuits she delayed in order to singlehandedly raise her young family, #MyMum spontaneously galvanised users who paid tribute to their mothers and grandmothers who […]

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