Blog: Advocacy

Respect Champion – Darlene Cox
20 April 2015

As part of YWCA Canberra’s Respect NOW campaign, over the coming weeks we’ll unveil our passionate Respect Champions. These wonderful women are helping us further our advocacy efforts, calling on the ACT Government to prioritise funding for primary prevention and early intervention programs, to end violence against women. To support the Respect NOW campaign, please […]

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Women’s organisations lobby PM on gendered violence
17 April 2015

Today, more than 60 Australian women’s organisations signed a joint open letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott calling for funding and leadership to address the root cause of violence against women, gender inequality. With 31 women having been killed in Australia as a result of gendered violence this year alone, YWCA Australia felt it was […]

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Working For Purpose
20 March 2015

The following is an abridged version of a speech given by Caterina to the Women in Information and Communication Breakfast Series in Canberra last week. I have to start by letting you all know that I’m not presenting to you on my own today. I am actually joined by ‘Blue’ who is all of 20-and-a-half-weeks […]

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Tom Calma with Zoya and Sherneal

Closing the gap through tackling Indigenous smoking
19 March 2015

(Photo: Tom Calma with Zoya Patel, Communications and Advocacy Officer and Shernael Teaurima, Policy and Project Officer). Today is Close the Gap day – a day where we reflect on the inequality in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and make a commitment to closing the gap by 2030 so that all […]

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Heading to New York – the 59th Commission on the Status of Women
4 March 2015

In a very big tick to my bucket list, I will be attending the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations (UN) in New York from 6 to 21 March as part of the YWCA Australia delegation. The YWCA  Australia  delegation is part of a larger group […]

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She Leads Conference 2014 - plenary

Calling on all Australian employers to commit to gender equality
2 March 2015

Despite literally decades of equal pay and anti-sex discrimination legislation, how do we still arrive, in 2015, at a widening gender pay gap? And a plateauing of women in leadership roles in the workforce? To put this into context, legislation that has been enacted in Australia over more than the past 50 years includes: • […]

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2014: a year to remember
17 December 2014

I would like to thank and acknowledge the enthusiasm, support and dedication of my colleagues, and the work of our 300 staff. Our organisation is not only a significant employer in the Territory, but also a contributor to the economic, cultural and social wellbeing of our community. Our 2013-2014 Annual Report highlights the many achievements […]

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She Speaks survey 2014

She screams gender inequality but is anybody listening?
25 November 2014

Eighty per cent of young women aged 15-30 don’t believe gender equality exists in Australia, while a staggering 88 per cent say that women experience discrimination. The annual She Speaks survey, by YWCA Australia and the University of Queensland, is the largest national survey of its kind, asking young women about their attitudes to and […]

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