Blog: Advocacy

Meet a Candidate: Rebecca Vassarotti
22 June 2016

With elections looming at both the territory and federal levels, we were interested to meet the women candidates standing for election for the ACT Legislative Assembly, to learn a bit more about them and their priorities for the community. This week, meet Rebecca Vassarotti, Greens Candidate for Kurrajong.  Tell us a bit about yourself. I am […]

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A weekend with the family.. and without technology!
15 June 2016

This year, our winter appeal is raising money for the YWCA Clubhouse, a free learning space for young people in Tuggeranong to learn and build their confidence through technology.  Supporters can fundraise by taking on the Tech Freeze Challenge – relinquishing technology for a weekend and seeking sponsorship from friends and family for doing so. […]

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Frances Crimmins speaking

Open letter to Senator Michaelia Cash, Minister for Women
11 March 2016

This week, there was much discussion about domestic violence leave provisions for federal public servants.  We believe that specific domestic violence leave provisions are essential, and as the Australian Public Service is the largest employer in the ACT, this is an issue that we feel strongly about. Please see below an open letter on this issue to Senator […]

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Children smiling at Conder Early Childhood Service.

Statement regarding recent media coverage of childcare in the ACT
9 February 2016

Many of you may have seen some recent reports in The Canberra Times regarding the affordability and quality of early childhood education and care in the ACT. While the media coverage raised important issues, I believe that some information was misleading and could rightly concern parents. We would like to take the opportunity to provide […]

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Two years of growth and achievments – For Purpose
15 January 2016

It’s hard to believe that almost two years have passed since I was lucky enough to be awarded a Great Ydeas Grant at YWCA Canberra’s Round the World Breakfast event in 2014, to pursue a pilot project called For Purpose. Like many Great Ydeas Grant recipients, my project has evolved and grown over time, and […]

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Canberra women’s groups stand in solidarity
14 December 2015

On Friday 11 December, YWCA Canberra, in partnership with the Domestic Violence Crisis Service, the ACT Women’s Legal Centre, Doris Women’s Refuge, Toora Women Inc, and Beryl Women Inc hosted a Day of Action against domestic violence. Domestic violence has received considerable media attention this year, much of it attributable due to the courageous work […]

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Creating a progressive Canberra for women
17 November 2015

This is a transcript of the keynote address YWCA Canberra Executive Director, Frances Crimmins, gave at the recent Progressive Canberra Summit, held by Unions ACT and Fair Go for Canberra on Saturday 14 November 2015.  I would like to start by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land we’re meeting on and pay my respects […]

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Explaining ‘It was amazing!’: reflections from World Council and looking to what’s next
16 November 2015

No matter how prepared I was, World Council was an incredible whirlwind, and on return when friends and family asked me how it was, my answer was a boring but heart felt ‘Amazing!’ Now I’ve had a little more time to think and a few opportunities to debrief with Y Canberra sisters, and in this […]

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Final reflections from World Council
20 October 2015

A delegation of YWCA Canberra members, Board Directors and staff are currently at the 28th World YWCA Council in Bangkok, Thailand, as part of the YWCA Australia delegation. They will be participating in knowledge sharing, collaborating, and setting the strategic directions for the movement for the next four years. We’ll be sharing their reflections and […]

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Till it happens to you… World YWCA Council Day 5
16 October 2015

A delegation of YWCA Canberra members, Board Directors and staff are currently at the 28th World YWCA Council in Bangkok, Thailand, as part of the YWCA Australia delegation. They will be participating in knowledge sharing, collaborating, and setting the strategic directions for the movement for the next four years. We’ll be sharing their reflections and […]

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