Leah Dwyer

Leah is the Senior Adviser for Policy and Engagement at YWCA Canberra

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  • 29 March 2021: Is it time to talk Social Impact Investing in housing affordability?

    As hundreds of thousands of families wait for social and public housing nationally and many more are in private rental stress, it is unwelcome news that housing affordability is worsening. As the levers and motivation of government to intervene in the affordability dynamic diminish, there is urgency to look towards alternative models of lifting housing […]

  • 29 March 2021: #March4Justice – More of the same or a real tipping point?

    As long-time observers and participants of women’s political advocacy and outrage, many of us have seen expressions like ‘momentous’ or ‘tipping point’ used to characterise a moment that we believed would be the impetus required to change the course of women’s lives for the better. These labels have often followed events that fall on either […]

  • 19 October 2020: Budget 2020-2021 a missed opportunity for women

    When the Treasurer stood up to deliver the Budget address on behalf of the Government, he began by saying that in 2020 “Australians have been tested like never before” and indeed, this past year of hazardous smoke, bushfires and a pandemic has been stressful for many, particularly women. Research has consistently found that domestic violence […]

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

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    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 […]