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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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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2019 through Voices for Change
7 March 2019

Our 2019 International Women’s Day event was held at the ACT Legislative Assembly on Wednesday 6 March. The event marked the launch of Voices for Change, a collaborative media project between DVCS and YWCA Canberra, that works with women (Advocates) who have experienced family and domestic violence. Voices for Change aims to draw attention to […]

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Slacktivism and becoming a better ally with Sally Rugg
5 March 2019

Our 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 […]

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What’s on in Canberra this International Women’s Day
4 March 2019

International Women’s Day, Friday 8 March, is one of the best days of the year! It is a chance to celebrate the contribution and progress women have made and continue to make in our society. It is a time of reflection and gratitude for the incredible women who paved the way for our rights and […]

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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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YWCA Canberra members make valuable contribution to advocacy on workplace sexual harassment
27 February 2019

Towards the end of 2018, YWCA Canberra called on members to help contribute to our submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces. Our anonymous survey invited members to complete a short questionnaire regarding their own experiences with workplace sexual harassment, the adequacy of formal workplace redress measures and […]

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Meet a member – Bess Rossiter
25 February 2019

This article is part of our member profile series. Our members tell us that one of the things they love about being part of our community is getting to know like-minded women. Each month, we’ll feature an interview with a member, so you can get to know each other a little better. Today, meet Bess Rossiter.   You […]

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I got threats and insults from trolls just for doing my job. It happens to women all the time
4 February 2019

This article was originally published on the ABC News website on 23 January 2019. It is republished here with permission from the author, Ashleigh Streeter.   Have you ever been told you’re a fat bitch? Been told to kill yourself? What about receiving a rape threat from a total stranger — or worse — just for […]

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YWCA Canberra in print – Parity
12 December 2018

YWCA Canberra’s housing support work and advocacy were profiled in the most recent edition of Parity, the monthly publication produced by the Council to Homeless Persons.  This edition of Parity focused on responses to and experiences of homelessness in the ACT and includes contributions by those with lived experience of homelessness as well as government […]

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YWCA Canberra partners with Domestic Violence Crisis Service for Voices for Change
12 December 2018

Do you cringe when you read media headlines that trivialise violence against women by describing the perpetrator as a ‘good bloke’ or describing violence as a ‘domestic dispute’?  Media reporting of domestic and family violence crimes are frequently criticised for sensationalising events, trivialising the physical and emotional trauma that is inflicted on those who experience […]

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