National Reconciliation Week at YWCA Canberra
3 June 2021

At YWCA Canberra, we stand by our values, which include supporting the self-determination and agency of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and women and proactively working with communities to achieve reconciliation.  In line with this commitment, we held a range of National Reconciliation Week events.  National Reconciliation Week and 20 years of MLYCC  Our Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre (MLYCC) recently celebrated its 20th birthday with a day-long […]

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Five quick questions with Merissa Little
18 May 2021

We’re a month out from our She Leads workshop on Getting ready for tax time with Merissa Little! Today we sat down with Merissa to talk with her about her passions, her leadership journey and gender equality in the workplace.   Merissa is a qualified accountant with more than 25 years’ experience in Public Practice.  She is a Fellow of the NTAA and […]

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It’s not you, it’s the system: Toxic workplace cultures with Yumiko Kadota and Rasi Gupta
11 May 2021

She Leads In-Conversation events connect Canberrans with inspiring and diverse leaders, sharing their leadership journey, insights and advice for emerging leaders.    Facilitated by Rasi Gupta, the May She Leads In–Conversation featured Yumiko Kadota, a medical doctor from Sydney, who recently released her memoir Emotional Female. The new memoir details gripping anecdotes about Yumiko’s journey as an Asian-Australian woman working towards her dream of becoming a plastic surgeon in the Australian medical system, which eventually led to her resignation after months of burnout.  Job […]

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Five quick questions with Trish Bergin
10 May 2021

In anticipation of our upcoming She Leads workshop on Creating your strategic vision, the She Leads team sat down with facilitator, Trish Bergin to discuss her passions, leadership challenges and future goals.    Trish Bergin is the Co-Director, Governance of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation and Chair of the Women’s Legal Centre, ACT and Regions. She has held […]

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Helping us build up the Canberra community – 2021 Great Ydeas Innovation Breakfast
30 April 2021

On Thursday, 29 April, YWCA Canberra was joined by over 130 people at the Ainslie Football Club for our annual Great Ydeas Innovation Breakfast. The fundraising event, which provided an opportunity for members, supporters and partners to come together to show their support for YWCA Canberra’s housing initiatives, also presented us withwas also an the opportunity to showcase our 2021 Great Ydeas Small Grant recipients […]

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5 Quick Questions with Rasi Gupta
1 April 2021

  In anticipation for our upcoming In Conversation with author Yumiko Kadota, the She Leads team sat down with Rasi Gupta, doctor-turned Public Servant and lifestyle blogger to chat about career changes, toxic workplaces, and pursuing her dreams.  Rasi was on track for a successful career as a medical doctor, but after years of workplace discrimination, stressful colleagues, and long hours that tangoed with […]

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Embracing our wild sides at She Leads College Conference 2021
31 March 2021

On Friday, 26 March, 100 girls and non-binary people in years 11 and 12 from across Canberra and regional NSW joined us at the 2021 She Leads College Conference to learn about overcoming adversity and using it to power their leadership journeys. This one-day leadership conference at Kambri Cultural Centre at ANU was inspired by […]

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Is it time to talk Social Impact Investing in housing affordability?
29 March 2021

As hundreds of thousands of families wait for social and public housing nationally and many more are in private rental stress, it is unwelcome news that housing affordability is worsening. As the levers and motivation of government to intervene in the affordability dynamic diminish, there is urgency to look towards alternative models of lifting housing […]

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The power of the hashtags and the impact of digital activism
29 March 2021

You might have come across hashtag campaigns on Twitter. They have been used in charity campaigns such as the #ALSIceBucketChallenge, by mass civil rights movement such as #BlackLivesMatter, and even in our work such as our #Towards2024 election platform. Hashtags hold the power to amplify voices, galvanise communities, boost readership and rally for real systemic […]

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Let’s talk superannuation and financial literacy with Katherine Spitzkowsky
29 March 2021

Katherine Spitzkowsky is a financial advisor and committee member of Women in Super. She participated in our International Women’s Day panel and agreed to be interviewed as part of our YAction interview series. You can listen to the panel conversation from our International Women’s Day event which features Katherine, Helen Dalley-Fisher and Kat Reed at […]

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