Blog: Advocacy

RECOGNISE: Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Australian Constitution
8 May 2017

Natalie Klak is the NSW and ACT Field Leader for RECOGNISE and is leading the volunteer engagement in the lead-up to the anticipated Referendum to alter the nation’s constitution next year. She is a Yindjibarndi woman who has lived in WA, QLD and now NSW, and has more than 25 years career experience as a journalist, […]

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What is CSW and four reasons why it matters
3 May 2017

What is the Commission on the Status of Women? The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the chief policy making body on women’s rights and gender equality at the United Nations. CSW operates as a functional commission of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), meaning CSW is charged with promoting and monitoring […]

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Great Ydeas – Where are they now with Hannah Wandel
12 April 2017

Great Ydeas is YWCA Canberra’s small grants program, providing up to $2,000 to women to help kickstart a great idea for a business, community development project, or to support professional development or education and training opportunities. Applications for the 2017 Great Ydeas program are now closed, and in the lead up to announcing this year’s winners, we’re […]

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Reflections from the Commission on the Status of Women 2017
22 March 2017

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it was established by Council resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946. The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s […]

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Calling on Canberra to #LeadTheChange on International Women’s Day
10 March 2017

International Women’s Day presents an opportunity for us all to reflect on the status of women, and celebrate the achievements, progress and action demonstrated by countless incredible women all over the world each year. While it certainly is a time for celebration, it’s not hard to forget how much is left to be done before […]

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Students United – empowering young people about their rights at work
8 February 2017

We recently caught up with Gabriela Falzon from UnionsACT to learn more about the UnionsACT Youth Project, Students United. The project is currently being developed to educate and empower young people about their rights at work. Here, Gabriela explains where the motivation for the project began, and why such programs are particularly important for young women who […]

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Marching for Gender Equality
23 January 2017

The Women’s March movement was born out of the Women’s March on Washington, which followed the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The movement has  seen more than 4 million women come together in more than 670 sister marches all over the world. YWCA Canberra’s Executive Director, Frances Crimmins, spoke at the Canberra Women’s March on January 21, calling for more to be done to […]

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Feminist innovations in the Pacific: the inaugural Pacific Feminist Forum
16 January 2017

The feminist movement has been influential in effecting change for gender equality in national and global contexts. Yet in recent years we observe increasingly exclusion of feminist voices from decision-making bodies, especially at the global level. This goes hand in hand with shrinking spaces for civil society more generally. Faced with an experience of such exclusion […]

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Holiday Hampers Appeal: Bringing cheer to Canberra families
23 November 2016

Have you read “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith? When I read it, I hated it, I felt so helpless. It is such a hard story about grinding, bleak poverty. Yet I read it all and I thought the family in the book, the Nolans, are like so many families the Housing Support […]

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Meet a Member – Deborah Robson
8 November 2016

This article is part of our member profile series. Our members tell us that one of the things they love about being part of our community is getting to know like-minded women. So, each month, we’ll feature an interview with a member, so you can get to know each other a little better. This month, meet Deborah Robson. You […]

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