Blog: Advocacy

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

Final reflections from World Council
20 October 2015

A delegation of YWCA Canberra members, Board Directors and staff are currently at the 28th World YWCA Council in Bangkok, Thailand, as part of the YWCA Australia delegation. They will be participating in knowledge sharing, collaborating, and setting the strategic directions for the movement for the next four years. We’ll be sharing their reflections and […]

Read More

Till it happens to you… World YWCA Council Day 5
16 October 2015

A delegation of YWCA Canberra members, Board Directors and staff are currently at the 28th World YWCA Council in Bangkok, Thailand, as part of the YWCA Australia delegation. They will be participating in knowledge sharing, collaborating, and setting the strategic directions for the movement for the next four years. We’ll be sharing their reflections and […]

Read More

Children's picture

YWCA Canberra on the health and wellbeing of children in immigration detention
16 October 2015

Last week, approximately 1000 doctors, nurses and clinical support staff at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) spoke out regarding the severely detrimental impact of immigration detention on children’s health and wellbeing. [1] In a joint statement, they argued that “Children have nightmares, bed-wetting, and behaviour problems. They develop depression and anxiety symptoms, and their development […]

Read More

Resolutions, appointments and lessons learnt – Day 4 of World Council
15 October 2015

A delegation of YWCA Canberra members, Board Directors and staff are currently at the 28th World YWCA Council in Bangkok, Thailand, as part of the YWCA Australia delegation. They will be participating in knowledge sharing, collaborating, and setting the strategic directions for the movement for the next four years. We’ll be sharing their reflections and […]

Read More