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Decolonising the Australian criminal justice system with Magistrate Louise Taylor
22 May 2019

She Leads In-Conversation events provide Canberrans with the opportunity to hear from women leaders from different backgrounds and industries, in a conversational format, followed by a live Q&A session and networking. These events are in partnership with the University of Canberra, who like YWCA Canberra, are WGEA certified and share our vision of women’s empowerment. Through this, […]

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Let’s #TackleFlexisim this Flexible Working Day
22 May 2019

Today is Flexible Working Day, an international day to celebrate and showcase the benefits of flexible work for the individual and for the organisation. As an organisation, YWCA Canberra is proud to say that it has made a commitment to offering flexible working arrangements to all its staff. Today, we caught up with our Chief […]

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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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A Woman’s Place is in the House, and the Senate!
15 May 2019

YWCA Canberra welcomed members and supporters to our federal election Meet the Candidate event on Wednesday 1 May. It was a brilliant opportunity for attendees to get the latest details on election platforms as they relate to gender equality and women’s policy more broadly, and for candidates to fine-tune their messages, before heading to the […]

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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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You(th) Can Change the World, at the She Leads College Conference
26 March 2019

The 2019 She Leads College Conference was a one-day leadership event for young women, including female identifying and non-binary people, in years 11 and 12. The event, held Wednesday 20 March at the University of Canberra’s Ann Harding Conference Centre, engaged more than 100 young women to explore and hone their leadership identity and values, […]

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What are your leadership, career or innovator goals? Do you have them? Gen Z Does!
26 March 2019

YWCA Canberra’s She Leads College Conference is a one-day leadership event for young women, including female-identifying and non-binary people, aged 16-18 and is designed to help them discover their personal leadership strengths and how to reach their goals. As part of our recent She Leads College Conference, held 20 March at the University of Canberra’s […]

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Challenges facing victims and survivors of sexual, domestic and family violence
7 March 2019

Written by Lula Dembele, Voices for Change advocate. Content warning: The following content contains real life stories and people speaking about domestic and family violence. Victims and survivors of sexual, domestic and family violence face many challenges when it comes to being heard, believed and receiving support. From the minute my mum suspected I was being […]

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Domestic violence is much more than physical abuse
7 March 2019

This article was originally published in The Canberra Times. Imagine you are a photographer and you’ve been asked to provide a shot for an article on domestic and family violence (DFV). What imagery comes to mind? Have you pictured a woman cowering in a corner, or a close up of a man’s clenched fist? Perhaps […]

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