Blog: Advocacy

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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Meet a candidate: Rachel Stephen-Smith
7 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 Rachel Stephen-Smith, Labor Party Candidate for Kurrajong.  Tell us a bit about yourself. I grew […]

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Roslyn Dundas in Geneva

In honour of World YWCA Day
3 May 2016

World YWCA Day takes place every year on April 24. This year, former YWCA Canberra board member Roslyn Dundas visited the World YWCA Office for the occasion. Here are some reflections from the day, and on its significance here in Canberra, Australia.  Sitting on a train, heading to Geneva, I’m excited to be able to […]

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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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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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16 days of Activism: Gender inequality at the root of violence against women
24 November 2015

This opinion editorial was published in The Canberra Times on 21 November 2015, to start the conversation about meaningful action to end violence against women as part of our participation in the global campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. This year, we’ve heard a lot of public commentary on the shocking prevalence of violence against women in […]

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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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Get writing – The Frugal Feast Writing Prize
4 November 2015

Deadline extended until midnight Friday 11 December!  Each year, YWCA Canberra fundraises to support our Lanyon Food Hub, an emergency food relief program that provides free, nutritious food to young people and their families in need in the Tuggeranong region. This year, we’re aiming to raise a huge $15,000 with our annual Frugal Feast appeal […]

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