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Five key takeaways from this year’s She Leads events
23 December 2019

The She Leads program is a leadership pathway for women, including female-identifying and non-binary people, who are looking to explore and develop their leadership potential. It’s been a massive year for She Leads, with over 850 girls, women and non-binary people coming along to hear from a wide and diverse range of innovative women and […]

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Reflections from World Council
23 December 2019

YWCA Canberra’s Vice President Ashleigh Streeter and Board member Sophie Fisher were among a contingent that attended the YWCA World Council. These are their reflections. From 17 to 22 November 2019, we were fortunate enough to attend the 29th YWCA World Council in Johannesburg, South Africa. World Council is held every four years and brings […]

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Our submission for the 2020-21 ACT Budget
23 December 2019

It has been a busy period in our advocacy work with our submission to the 2020-2021 ACT Budget coinciding with the launch of our Women’s Survey report. This submission aligned with the themes outlined in our previous work and included stronger calls for improved gender-responsive budgeting, transparent monitoring of program and policy outcomes for women […]

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Our lives: a survey of more than 1000 Canberra women
23 December 2019

Our Lives: Women in the ACT set out to investigate whether the common headlines describing Canberra as ‘economically progressive’ or ‘safe and inclusive’ were an accurate reflection of women’s experiences. Launched at the ACT Legislative Assembly on 29 October to an audience of community sector stakeholders and members of the ACT Legislative Assembly the survey […]

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By young people, for young people
16 December 2019

YWCA Canberra partnered with Xero to participate in ANU’s 2019 TechLauncher initiative. Through TechLauncher, students work to create tech solutions that tackle real world issues. Over the past six months a team of students have collaborated with our Youth Engagement Team and young LGBTIQA+ people to develop a very cool prototype. We’re living in a […]

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The model minority and the price of speaking out
5 December 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. Advocacy has long been a means used to directly influence contentious Australian public policy. As a result of advocates, there have been some significant […]

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Five minutes with Mikaela Danvers
20 November 2019

Mikaela Danvers is a design educator, lecturer and researcher with specialist skills in teaching business fundamentals, goal setting, strategic planning, and building a brand. Founder of The Makers Collective, Mikaela brings learned knowledge and experience to the world of makers looking to turn their hobby into a business. The practical skills taught within her online school, The […]

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A night in the forest at the LGBTQIA+ & Allies Prom 2019
14 November 2019

YWCA Canberra’s fourth annual LGBTQIA+ Allies Prom was held on Friday 8 November at Ainslie Football Club. YWCA Canberra’s Senior Communications Officer, Angel Hellyer, volunteered her time and writes about the experience below.  On Friday night I was fortunate enough to volunteer at our fourth annual LGBTQIA+ & Allies Prom. Having only joined YWCA Canberra […]

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She Leads Diploma – Five quick questions with Sonia Di Mezza
8 November 2019

Sonia Di Mezza is the Deputy CEO of the ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service (ADACAS). She holds a Masters of International Law majoring in human rights, is a solicitor and has worked for the past twenty years as a human rights lawyer, both internationally and in Australia. Below Sonia reflects on her experience […]

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Speak Up! Reflections from She Leads High Conference 2019
8 November 2019

On Friday, 1 November, over 65 girls, including female-identifying and non-binary people in years 9 and 10 from high schools across Canberra and the surrounding regions came together to attend the 2019 She Leads High Conference. Held at the University of Canberra, the conference theme was Speak Up, where students learned to find their voices […]

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