Blog: Gender Equality

Women’s March Canberra: Unbroken
31 January 2018

This Sunday, Women’s March Canberra will be taking over Garema Place to create a human chain as a sign of strength and solidarity for women’s rights – and we want you there! 2017 has been undoubtedly challenging. It has also been a year of strength, defiance and exposure. People around the globe have found inspiration […]

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Do the hard things and set ambitions as bold as ‘leapfrogging’ a global industry
31 January 2018

Angela Priestley is the Publisher and founding editor of Women’s Agenda. I didn’t know much about Professor Michelle Simmons before she was named 2018 Australian of the Year. But after reading her Australia Day address, I’m hooked on her incredible career and inspired by her words of wisdom, if not a little intimidated by her leadership […]

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Women must expose sexual harassers boldly, but also wisely
24 January 2018

It’s January 2018, and sexual-harassment commentary drips down the pages of our newspapers like brandy custard on the stale plum pudding in the back of the fridge. There is a shared intake of breath each time we learn of the un-sexy details of conduct allegedly enacted by some national icons. The sound of a collective […]

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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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Respectful Relationships and Violence Against Women
8 December 2017

As part of our 16 Days of Activism blog series, Heidi Zajac, Respectful Relationships Program Coordinator, contributed the following article. It outlines the importance of respectful relationships education to reduce violence against women and family violence. No doubt you have heard expressions uttered in movies, on the street, or even in your home, such as ‘’You […]

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Frances Crimmins’ White Ribbon address on gender equality
7 December 2017

On Friday 24 November, YWCA Canberra Executive Director, Frances Crimmins addressed the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science White Ribbon Day morning tea. Each year White Ribbon Day coincides with the start of 16 Days of Activism for the elimination of gender-based violence on 25 November. Below is a transcript of Frances’ speech which includes […]

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High hopes for workplace leaders
4 December 2017

Striving for change. Zero tolerance. Cultural renewal. Core values. A montage of CEOs, Vice Chancellors and Directors have stepped up to the lectern to take ownership of these words in 2017. Each one has declared, in no uncertain terms, that the ‘time for action is now’ before pausing for charismatic effect. Taking a sip of […]

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Leadership, positivity, and feminism 101 at the inaugural She Leads High Conference
1 December 2017

The inaugural She Leads High Conference was a one-day leadership event for young women, including female identifying and non-binary people, in years 9 and 10. The event engaged young women with concepts of leadership, confidence, developing positive relationships, and provided a safe space to discuss school, careers, body image, language, and sexuality and gender. On […]

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Philippa Moss on gender-based violence prevention
1 December 2017

To coincide with 16 Days of Activism and World AIDS Day, Philippa Moss, Executive Director of AIDS Action Council ACT, contributed the following blog post. It outlines the ways in which violence impacts not only women and men, but also non-binary and gender diverse people, and discusses preventative actions that we can all take today. […]

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2017 She Leads High – 5 Quick Questions with Tomasina Purcell
24 November 2017

The inaugural She Leads High Conference is a one-day leadership event for young women, including female identifying and non-binary people, in years 9 and 10. The event will take place at the University of Canberra’s Ann Harding Conference Centre on 28 November 2017. In this interview, we talk to Tomasina Purcell, one of our speed […]

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