Blog: Gender Equality

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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Together, We Can – International Women’s Day Mural Street Art Project
14 May 2019

In celebration of International Women’s Day this year, YWCA Canberra had the opportunity to work with Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS), Lanyon High students, local talented artists Bohie Palecek, Faith Kerehona and young trailblazing community leaders, Dhani Gilbert and Caitlin Figueiredo, to create two separate murals located on the Centre Point building in Garema […]

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Young Women Transforming Power Structures: Great Ydeas Innovation Breakfast
18 April 2019

On Wednesday 10 April, YWCA Canberra welcomed over 120 people at Ainslie Football Club for the 2019 Great Ydeas Innovation Breakfast. The Breakfast was not only a fundraiser for our housing initiatives but an announcement of the 2019 Great Ydeas Small Grants Recipients and a celebration of World YWCA Day. World YWCA Day (held on […]

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2019 She Leads College– 5 Quick Questions with Georgia Maq
28 February 2019

The annual She Leads College Conference is a one-day leadership event for young women, including female identifying and non-binary people, in years 11 and 12. The event will take place at the University of Canberra’s Ann Harding Conference Centre on 20 March 2019. In this interview, we talk to Georgia Maq, one of our panellists […]

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