Blog: Advocacy

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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YWCA Canberra sets a clear agenda to achieve gender equality in the ACT
17 May 2018

Today YWCA Canberra released a report setting a clear agenda to achieve gender equality in the ACT. The makes a series of recommendations across four areas that YWCA Canberra believes would have the biggest impact on gender equality for ACT girls and women. This includes gender responsive government, equality in the workplace, a life free […]

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The significance of the Women’s March: One year on
12 April 2018

The following article is an extended version of an interview with Caitlin Figueiredo and Amy Blain, which first appeared in the March 2018 edition of Y Action. In this interview, Caitlin and Amy discuss their involvement in the 2018 Canberra Women’s March, and its continued significance. The global Women’s Marches are the most recent protests […]

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The value of a fulfilling career
16 March 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 Tomasina Purcell, discussing the importance of a fulfilling career. I have often heard the saying ‘find a job […]

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2018 She Leads College – 5 Quick Questions with Hannah Mouncey
26 February 2018

The She Leads College Conference, taking place on Thursday 22 March, is a one-day event for girls in years 11 and 12, equipping participants with the practical skills and knowledge they need to become confident leaders. This year, we have an amazing line-up of inspiring young women who will discuss their pathways as trailblazers. Today, we chat […]

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Partnerships that make a difference – Richardson Primary School and the YWCA Canberra Clubhouse
17 January 2018

Richardson Primary School is a key partner and supporter of the YWCA Canberra Clubhouse since its establishment in 2014. We recently spoke to Richardson Primary School Principal Anna Wilson, to find out what the Clubhouse means to her, and why she believes that it’s crucial to provide opportunities for young people to collaborate, communicate, and think […]

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Meet Penny Leemhuis, founder of O.W.L’s
21 December 2017

Penny Leemhuis, founder of O.W.L.’s and formidable housing advocate, recently launched a documentary exploring older women and homelessness in the ACT. The launch of documentary was a huge success and has been credited with reigniting energy across civil society and government, to address this critical issue. We caught up with her to find out more […]

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Bridging the Digital Divide with Australia 21 and the YWCA Canberra Clubhouse
24 November 2017

On Monday 11 September, I attended and participated in the first ‘Making Our Future Work’ Workshop hosted by national think tank Australia 21 in conjunction with Young Australia 21.   The event   This workshop was the first of its kind and provided the chance to hear the voices of young Australians, like myself, aged 16-25 […]

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