Blog: Advocacy

Budget 2020-2021 a missed opportunity for women
19 October 2020

When the Treasurer stood up to deliver the Budget address on behalf of the Government, he began by saying that in 2020 “Australians have been tested like never before” and indeed, this past year of hazardous smoke, bushfires and a pandemic has been stressful for many, particularly women. Research has consistently found that domestic violence […]

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My voice, our equal future
9 October 2020

Over the last few years, the voices of girls demanding a more just and equitable future have resounded across the globe. With Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg as role models, girls are realising their place at the forefront of activism and are using this position to make real and lasting change in our societies. That’s […]

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Interview with YWCA Canberra early educator, Rachel Pace about working in early learning during COVID-19
10 September 2020

Early learning educators were key frontline workers during COVID-19, and YWCA Canberra is proud of the commitment and professionalism demonstrated by staff during a period of uncertainty exacerbated by frequently changing government directives. Rachel shares what it was like working in the sector in the early days of the COVID-19 shutdown and how it felt […]

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Interview with Dr Emma Campbell CEO of the ACT Council of Social Service
10 September 2020

YWCA Canberra has been pleased that Housing affordability and homelessness have been a central issue this election campaign.  We caught up ACT Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS) CEO Dr Emma Campbell to hear how the sector is addressing this core policy area and their response to the housing announcements which have been made so far. […]

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Meet the Candidate- Therese Faulkner
10 September 2020

Therese is running for the Canberra Progressives in the electorate of Kurrajong (Inner-North and Inner-South). She brings previous campaign experience having run in last year’s federal election. We caught up with her to hear how 2020 is going and what minor parties can bring to the election campaign. What can you tell us about yourself […]

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Meet the Candidate- Kacey Lam
10 September 2020

Kacey is a first-time candidate running for the Canberra Liberals in Ginninderra (Belconnen). Read our interview with Kacey and hear how she’s found the campaign so far. What can you tell us about yourself and how you’ve found being on the hustings so far?  My parents migrated from Hong Kong to Melbourne before I was […]

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Meet the Candidate – Georgia Phillips
10 September 2020

Georgia Phillips is running as a candidate for ACT Labor in Yerrabi (Gunghalin). She’s a former public servant and ministerial advisor. We caught up with Georiga to hear how she’s found the campaign. What can you tell us about yourself and how you’ve found being on the hustings so far?  I was born, raised and […]

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Meet the Candidate – Emma Davidson
10 September 2020

Emma Davidson is a former community sector worker and current convenor of Women’s Electoral Lobby Australia. Emma is running as a candidate for the ACT Greens in Murrumbidgee (Woden-Weston). Read our interview with Emma and hear what gender equality means to her below. What can you tell us about yourself and how you’ve found being […]

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Towards 2024: Policy highlights and how you can get involved in our advocacy.
10 September 2020

YWCA Canberra recently released Towards 2024, our platform of policy priorities for the forthcoming ACT Election. Our priorities have been informed by the major themes which emerged from our 2019 survey Our Lives: Women in the ACT and policy responses from COVID-19. This pandemic has underlined the value of safe shelter and the role of […]

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Equal Pay Day 2020
28 August 2020

Sadly, we continue to have no progress in 2020, with figures showing that the national gender pay gap has not improved since last year and remains at 14 per cent for full-time employees, a difference of $253.60 each week. And I fear that the progress we have made over the last few decades has a […]

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