Blog: Advocacy

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The power of the hashtags and the impact of digital activism
29 March 2021

You might have come across hashtag campaigns on Twitter. They have been used in charity campaigns such as the #ALSIceBucketChallenge, by mass civil rights movement such as #BlackLivesMatter, and even in our work such as our #Towards2024 election platform. Hashtags hold the power to amplify voices, galvanise communities, boost readership and rally for real systemic […]

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Let’s talk superannuation and financial literacy with Katherine Spitzkowsky
29 March 2021

Katherine Spitzkowsky is a financial advisor and committee member of Women in Super. She participated in our International Women’s Day panel and agreed to be interviewed as part of our YAction interview series. You can listen to the panel conversation from our International Women’s Day event which features Katherine, Helen Dalley-Fisher and Kat Reed at […]

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#March4Justice – More of the same or a real tipping point?
29 March 2021

As long-time observers and participants of women’s political advocacy and outrage, many of us have seen expressions like ‘momentous’ or ‘tipping point’ used to characterise a moment that we believed would be the impetus required to change the course of women’s lives for the better. These labels have often followed events that fall on either […]

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Five quick questions with Isabel Mudford
2 March 2021

In anticipation for our upcoming In Conversation with Dr Clara Tuck Meng Soo, the She Leads team sat down with PhD candidate and queer policy specialist Isabel Mudford, who has a breadth of experiences, ranging from work in social research to law reform in the ACT, including now advising the ACT Greens in social inclusion […]

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2020, celebrating a year of women and girls in science
11 February 2021

2020 was a difficult year, to say the least, but while it  certainly had its challenges, it was also  a time of extraordinary achievements for women thinkers, leaders and activists around the world. Today on International Day of  Women and Girls in Science we wanted to pay respect to just a few incredible girls and women who have made remarkable gains in the world of […]

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A lesson learned is a lesson earned towards equality
10 December 2020

For many people, gender-based violence is a difficult issue to understand. It’s complex, emotional and at times overwhelming. But just because something is overwhelming, that shouldn’t discourage you from wanting to learn more about it and make a personal effort to help solve it. At YWCA Canberra, we are fortunate to work alongside some of […]

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Paving the way for a positive future with Ciára Duggan
4 December 2020

Ciára Duggan is the next in our series profiling experts in social work and violence prevention to help raise awareness towards the elimination of violence against women.  There’s a saying that goes, “the youth is the hope of our future”, and for people like Ciára, this saying could not hold any more truth. As the Youth Programs […]

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Seeking support with Dr Tulika Saxena and Dr Merrindahl Andrew
26 November 2020

Dr Tulika Saxena and Dr Merrindahl Andrew are among the first in our series profiling experts in violence prevention to help raise awareness towards the elimination of violence against women. This year, YWCA Canberra is participating in 16 Days of Activism by sharing stories, resources and interviews from people and organisations doing their bit to […]

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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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