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YWCA Hong Kong Conference 2020 speech by Frances Crimmins
14 December 2020

On 4 December, our Hong Kong sister YWCA held an international conference to celebrate its 100th anniversary, under the theme Solidarity for a Better World. Keynote speakers included Mohammad Naciri, Regional Director of UN Women for Asia and the Pacific, and Mira Rizeq, President of World YWCA. YWCA Canberra CEO Frances Crimmins was invited to […]

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Mapping out a Circle of Support with Jason from YWCA Canberra
5 December 2020

This year, YWCA Canberra is participating in 16 Days of Activism by sharing stories, resources and interviews from people and organisations doing their part to help fight against gender-based violence. Jason is next in our series discussing the impact of violence against women for the families the Circles of Support counselling service helps. For some […]

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Giving Tuesday
1 December 2020

It’s 1 December 2020, which means it’s both nearly the end of this (seemingly centuries-long) year and it’s Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is an annual day for individuals, communities and businesses to come together and give their time, money, goods or voices to celebrate and thank Australian not-for-profits (NFP). As an NFP organisation, we at […]

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Trans Awareness Week
16 November 2020

Research suggests that LGBTQIA* people are over-represented in homelessness services around the world, and this is reflected in the experiences of housing service providers in Australia. As stated in the LGBTIQ+ Inclusive Practice Guide for Homelessness and Housing Sectors in Australia, “frameworks for understanding homelessness have been largely informed by white, Western, heteronormative worldviews that […]

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Redefining ‘normal’ in a post-COVID world
13 July 2020

In this time of COVID-19, there is no question that many of us now lead very different lives than what we are used to. From issues of mass job loss, increased mental health problems, and financial instability, it is evident the virus has affected us all in more ways than one. But as we begin […]

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Why we need reconciliation and Reconciliation Action Plans
3 June 2020

Di Bakon is a Gamilaroi woman and YWCA Canberra Board Member YWCA Canberra’s contribution towards reconciliation YWCA Canberra has a focus on contributing towards reconciliation through leading community action and generational change. This is evident in our role in advocacy and leadership programs. I believe that YWCA Canberra comes from a position of strength to […]

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National Reconciliation Week: Celebrating inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in the ACT
28 May 2020

It’s National Reconciliation Week! A time to reflect on the progress made for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to celebrate the movement towards a more equal, just, and united future. This year for National Reconciliation Week, we wanted to highlight the stories of inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have made […]

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Celebrating one year of Rentwell

One year of renting well
12 May 2020

Last week we marked the first anniversary of Rentwell, our charitable property management service for affordable rentals. One year in, Rentwell has already improved the lives of 22 families; that is 49 people who now have quality, safe and affordable homes. And we’ve just had another three homes signed up to the program. We also: […]

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Hope through housing
17 April 2020

We have been providing housing support to women and the broader Canberra community for more than 60 years. In this current time of crisis, our services have been under even more demand. We have rapidly adapted, moving to telephone and video appointments where appropriate, and are actively looking for more affordable emergency and transitional accommodation, […]

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Practicing self-care in self-isolation
31 March 2020

There’s no question that we are now living in tougher times than many of us have ever experienced before. Many of us are understandably worried and are taking on more caring duties for our families and loved ones. But it’s just as important that we care for ourselves and take time to focus on the things that bring us peace and balance. As many websites […]

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