Blog: Women’s Rights

Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world
5 March 2021

This International Women’s Day, we are looking at how we can work towards gender equality through developing women’s leadership capacity and representation, in line with the UN Women theme of ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world’. At YWCA Canberra, we strive for a future where all people can access and […]

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Five quick questions with Isabel Mudford
2 March 2021

In anticipation for our upcoming In Conversation with Dr Clara Tuck Meng Soo, the She Leads team sat down with PhD candidate and queer policy specialist Isabel Mudford, who has a breadth of experiences, ranging from work in social research to law reform in the ACT, including now advising the ACT Greens in social inclusion […]

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2020, celebrating a year of women and girls in science
11 February 2021

2020 was a difficult year, to say the least, but while it  certainly had its challenges, it was also  a time of extraordinary achievements for women thinkers, leaders and activists around the world. Today on International Day of  Women and Girls in Science we wanted to pay respect to just a few incredible girls and women who have made remarkable gains in the world of […]

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It’s time to step up to close the gap
2 December 2020

Last week, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency released the latest Gender Equality Scorecard, based on data from thousands of Australian employers covering over 4 million employees. Progress in closing the gender pay gap remains glacial, with a 0.7 per cent reduction from 20.8 per cent to 20.1 per cent and some marginal improvements in levels […]

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Seeking support with Dr Tulika Saxena and Dr Merrindahl Andrew
26 November 2020

Dr Tulika Saxena and Dr Merrindahl Andrew are among the first in our series profiling experts in violence prevention to help raise awareness towards the elimination of violence against women. This year, YWCA Canberra is participating in 16 Days of Activism by sharing stories, resources and interviews from people and organisations doing their bit to […]

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My voice, our equal future
9 October 2020

Over the last few years, the voices of girls demanding a more just and equitable future have resounded across the globe. With Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg as role models, girls are realising their place at the forefront of activism and are using this position to make real and lasting change in our societies. That’s […]

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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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How YWCAs around the world are responding to COVID-19
15 April 2020

We are proud to be part of the worldwide network of YWCAs. All around the world, YWCAs are helping women and their families through this unprecedented time of crisis. Women and non-binary people are being particularly affected by the social and financial implications of the COVID-19 crisis. Women comprise 70 per cent of the global […]

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Women’s frontline services working together during Covid-19
3 April 2020

With the escalation of COVID-19 in our community and the declaration of the public health emergency, we are preparing for an increase in demand for our essential support services. As parts of the community respond to COVID-19 by self-isolating or purchasing surplus essential food and personal items, the heightened stress on families is becoming evident. It is important to keep in mind that the home can often […]

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Becoming Unstoppable at She Leads College Conference
26 March 2020

The 2020 She Leads College Conference was a one-day leadership event for young women, including female–identifying and non-binary people, in years 11 and 12. The event, held Thursday 12 March at the University of Canberra’s Ann Harding Conference Centre, engaged more than 120 young people to explore and discover their leadership identity and values, as well as reflect […]

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