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Celebrating 2021 International Women’s Day in Canberra
1 March 2021

International Women’s Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than to get together with your nearest and dearest friends and head to an international women’s day event taking place across Canberra! This past year, we’ve witnessed first-hand just how important women are within our community and across the globe. From […]

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Five quick questions with Jakida Smith
26 February 2021

The She Leads College Conference taking place on Friday 26 March, is a one-day leadership event for young-woman, non-binary and female students in years 11 and 12. It is designed to equip participants with the practical skills and knowledge they need to become confident leaders in their community.   This year’s theme ‘Wild’, is all about harnessing personal adversity and using […]

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Walking the talk on workplace gender equality
24 February 2021

YWCA Canberra is proud to have once again been recognised as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). We have held this citation consistently since 2014 and, for the second year in a row, are the only ACT-based organisation to receive it. A total of 136 organisations […]

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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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