Blog: 16 Days of Activism

A lesson learned is a lesson earned towards equality
10 December 2020

For many people, gender-based violence is a difficult issue to understand. It’s complex, emotional and at times overwhelming. But just because something is overwhelming, that shouldn’t discourage you from wanting to learn more about it and make a personal effort to help solve it. At YWCA Canberra, we are fortunate to work alongside some of […]

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Paving the way for a positive future with Ciára Duggan
4 December 2020

Ciára Duggan is the next in our series profiling experts in social work and violence prevention to help raise awareness towards the elimination of violence against women.  There’s a saying that goes, “the youth is the hope of our future”, and for people like Ciára, this saying could not hold any more truth. As the Youth Programs […]

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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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Respectful Relationships and Violence Against Women
8 December 2017

As part of our 16 Days of Activism blog series, Heidi Zajac, Respectful Relationships Program Coordinator, contributed the following article. It outlines the importance of respectful relationships education to reduce violence against women and family violence. No doubt you have heard expressions uttered in movies, on the street, or even in your home, such as ‘’You […]

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Frances Crimmins’ White Ribbon address on gender equality
7 December 2017

On Friday 24 November, YWCA Canberra Executive Director, Frances Crimmins addressed the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science White Ribbon Day morning tea. Each year White Ribbon Day coincides with the start of 16 Days of Activism for the elimination of gender-based violence on 25 November. Below is a transcript of Frances’ speech which includes […]

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High hopes for workplace leaders
4 December 2017

Striving for change. Zero tolerance. Cultural renewal. Core values. A montage of CEOs, Vice Chancellors and Directors have stepped up to the lectern to take ownership of these words in 2017. Each one has declared, in no uncertain terms, that the ‘time for action is now’ before pausing for charismatic effect. Taking a sip of […]

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Philippa Moss on gender-based violence prevention
1 December 2017

To coincide with 16 Days of Activism and World AIDS Day, Philippa Moss, Executive Director of AIDS Action Council ACT, contributed the following blog post. It outlines the ways in which violence impacts not only women and men, but also non-binary and gender diverse people, and discusses preventative actions that we can all take today. […]

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