Blog: Advocacy

Redefining ‘normal’ in a post-COVID world
13 July 2020

In this time of COVID-19, there is no question that many of us now lead very different lives than what we are used to. From issues of mass job loss, increased mental health problems, and financial instability, it is evident the virus has affected us all in more ways than one. But as we begin […]

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Launch of YWCA Canberra’s 2020 Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan
3 June 2020

On behalf of the YWCA Canberra Board, I am so excited to announce the virtual launch of our Reconciliation Action Plan (our RAP) with all of you today. The RAP represents our commitment to continue to support First Nations women and families on Ngunnawal and Ngambri land. I’d like to begin by acknowledging the traditional […]

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Women’s economic participation and the importance of Early Education after COVID-19
17 April 2020

COVID-19 has created unprecedented social and economic change. The broadscale closure of recreational activities and entertainment venues due to mandated social distancing regulations have transformed our social and economic lives to mere online operations. Some are fortunate enough to have retained their jobs and are working from home; many others no longer have a job, […]

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Women’s frontline services working together during Covid-19
3 April 2020

With the escalation of COVID-19 in our community and the declaration of the public health emergency, we are preparing for an increase in demand for our essential support services. As parts of the community respond to COVID-19 by self-isolating or purchasing surplus essential food and personal items, the heightened stress on families is becoming evident. It is important to keep in mind that the home can often […]

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A closer look into National Close the Gap day 
19 March 2020

At YWCA Canberra, we are committed to building strong, positive relationships with people of all cultural backgrounds and ethnicity. We particularly hold strong respect towards people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background and acknowledge the inter-generational consequences of colonisation that endure today. The National Close the Gap day takes place on, Thursday 19 March , and we wanted to reflect […]

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The uncomfortable truth about sexual harassment in Australian workplaces
18 March 2020

In Australia, sexual harassment is widespread and pervasive. It is estimated that 85 per cent of women aged over 15 years have been sexually harassed at some point in their lives, carrying detrimental impacts on an individual’s physical, emotional, and psychological well being as well as their professional careers. According to the Sex Discrimination Act (Cth) 1984, […]

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Occupancy Agreements– Why they matter to women
30 January 2020

If you’ve ever rented privately in the Canberra housing market, chances are you’ve signed a Residential Tenancy Agreement. These agreements are a legal document outlining the rights and obligations of landlords, agents and tenants who are party to the agreement, the scope and enforcement of which is subject to the Residential Tenancies Act However, while […]

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2019 STOP Domestic Violence Conference
24 December 2019

YWCA Canberra’s Gender and Domestic Violence Specialist Dr Tulika Saxena attended the 2019 STOP Domestic Violence Conference on the Gold Coast in December 2019. About 370 participants from all over Australia, from government, community services sector and universities, as well as violence survivors, participated in the conference this year, with the aim to come together […]

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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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