Blog: Advocacy

She Acts – Women After Dark
3 October 2019

Written by Ashleigh Streeter and Sophie Fisher, YWCA Canberra Board members Do you have an after dark safety ritual? On the phone, keys in hand, walking on the street instead of the dimly lit footpaths? Well, you’re not alone and that’s part of the problem. Last month She Acts, YWCA Canberra’s volunteer group, held an […]

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Ending homelessness in the ACT
29 July 2019

Last week YWCA Canberra’s CEO, Frances Crimmins participated in the TEDxCanberra Salon event, “No Place Like Home”. The event focused on why the ‘home’ is integral to human security, a functioning society, and overall health and well-being. It also explored what the concept of home means to different people from different walks of life. The […]

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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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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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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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Anti-Poverty Week 2018: highlighting the importance of pathways out of poverty
22 October 2018

Anti-Poverty Week is held nationally between October 14 and 20. Anti-Poverty Week aims to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and to encourage discussion and action to create pathways out of poverty with the help of individuals, communities, organisations and governments. A series of events were held throughout the ACT to […]

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#JustHumanThings
10 October 2018

At YWCA Canberra, we value diversity. That is why we launched Write for Us, an opportunity that provides our members and friends with a platform to discuss their experiences. Today, we are sharing an article written by Young Women Speak Out (YWSO) who tells us about their new photography campaign #JustHumanThings.  Young Women Speak Out (YWSO) is […]

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The prevalence of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces – Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins
20 September 2018

“Many people tell me to be patient, that change takes time and the next generation of Australia’s workforce will not tolerate sexual harassment” was how Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins opened her address at the National Press Club on 12 September. Launching the Human Rights Commission’s fourth national survey on sexual harassment in Australia’s […]

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