Blog: Gender Equality

A woman in her workplace

The uncomfortable truth about sexual harassment in Australian workplaces
18 March 2020

In Australia, sexual harassment is widespread and pervasive. It is estimated that 85 per cent of women aged over 15 years have been sexually harassed at some point in their lives, carrying detrimental impacts on an individual’s physical, emotional, and psychological well being as well as their professional careers. According to the Sex Discrimination Act (Cth) 1984, […]

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What’s happening in Canberra on International Women’s Day?
2 March 2020

What’s happening in Canberra on International Women’s Day? It’s time to rally up the girls because International Women’s Day (IWD) is coming up Sunday 8 March, and we couldn’t be more excited! International Women’s Day is a time for us each to reflect on the progress made towards gender equality and express our deepest gratitude towards the women […]

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Meet a member – Penny Kyburz
28 February 2020

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. We will feature an interview with a member here on our blog so you can get to know each other a little better. Today, […]

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science
11 February 2020

Throughout history, the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have long played an integral part in helping people understand how the world works and what we can do to improve it. At YWCA Canberra, we especially recognise the importance of women and the roles they play in STEM, along with the discoveries they […]

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Reflections from World Council
23 December 2019

YWCA Canberra’s Vice President Ashleigh Streeter and Board member Sophie Fisher were among a contingent that attended the YWCA World Council. These are their reflections. From 17 to 22 November 2019, we were fortunate enough to attend the 29th YWCA World Council in Johannesburg, South Africa. World Council is held every four years and brings […]

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Our submission for the 2020-21 ACT Budget
23 December 2019

It has been a busy period in our advocacy work with our submission to the 2020-2021 ACT Budget coinciding with the launch of our Women’s Survey report. This submission aligned with the themes outlined in our previous work and included stronger calls for improved gender-responsive budgeting, transparent monitoring of program and policy outcomes for women […]

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Our lives: a survey of more than 1000 Canberra women
23 December 2019

Our Lives: Women in the ACT set out to investigate whether the common headlines describing Canberra as ‘economically progressive’ or ‘safe and inclusive’ were an accurate reflection of women’s experiences. Launched at the ACT Legislative Assembly on 29 October to an audience of community sector stakeholders and members of the ACT Legislative Assembly the survey […]

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CEO speech at the launch of Our lives: Women in the ACT
31 October 2019

On 29 October 2019, YWCA Canberra launched Our lives: Women in the ACT. This report, based on a survey we conducted of over 1000 Canberra women, provides insights into the daily lives of women in the Territory. At our launch event, our Chief Executive Officer Frances Crimmins gave her reflections on why this report is […]

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Sharing Our lives with the Canberra community
30 October 2019

We were honoured this week to launch our new report, Our Lives: Women in the ACT. This report, based on a survey we conducted of over 1000 Canberra women, provides insights into the daily lives of women in the Territory. We were joined by around 40 members of the community including MLAs, MPs, community sector […]

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CEO speech at YWCA Canberra’s 90th anniversary
24 October 2019

On 16 October 2019, YWCA Canberra celebrated 90 years of providing essential, quality services for women, girls and families in our region. Along with speeches from our Board Directors and members, our Chief Executive Officer Frances Crimmins gave her reflections on 90 years of YWCA Canberra. Below is a transcript of Frances’ speech.     […]

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