Blog: Advocacy

Meet a member – Rebecca Vassarotti
14 November 2017

This article is part of our member profile series. Our members tell us that one of the things they love about being part of our community is getting to know like-minded women. So, each month, we’ll feature an interview with a member, so you can get to know each other a little better. Today, meet Rebecca Vassarotti. You […]

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Building the case for change
7 November 2017

YWCA Canberra recently partnered with the Office for Women to deliver an inaugural Gender Equality Forum. Stemming from the mutual objective of reinvigorating efforts to progress gender equality, the event drew together leaders from ACT Government Directorates, the for purpose sector, and the private sector to make the case for change. The forum kicked off […]

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Women’s interests are in the public interest: Why we need transparent gendered budget analysis and policy
23 October 2017

The ACT Government has called for pre-budget submissions to influence their budget allocations. You might recall in the last budget round, YWCA Canberra was alarmed by the lack of gendered analysis and funding allocated to the women’s plan. This time we will be calling for the ACT Government to fulfil its commitment to a Triple […]

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The ACT is limping behind others when it comes to creating gender equality
15 August 2017

Originally published in The Canberra Times. – The release of the Human Rights Commission’s damning Change the Course: National Report on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Australian Universities, 2017 confirms that sexual assault and sexual harassment are occurring at unacceptable rates at Australian universities.   The Australian Human Rights Centre at UNSW subsequently launched a complementary report […]

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Young Women Speak Out – creating positive change
25 July 2017

Young Women Speak Out (YWSO) is a two day advocacy training and campaign workshop for 16 -17 year old local young women, preparing participants to run a collective campaign strategy with other young Canberra women. This terrific initiative came about with the support of a YWCA Canberra Great Ydeas grant, and will commence later this […]

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Executive Director Frances Crimmins on the ACT Budget
21 June 2017

The ACT Government recently handed down the 2017-2018 budget, and we have undertaken an analysis of what the implications are for local women, girls, and their families. If you read the headlines, it’s clear what the Government has prioritised this year. It’s the tale of the ACT’s growing population, with an urgent need to meet […]

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CSW61 conclusions – what’s it all about?
18 May 2017

We recently welcomed home the YWCA Canberra delegation from the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), who now have a clear picture of what needs to happen here in Australia and in Canberra in order to progress towards achieving gender equality. We caught up with delegates Hannah Gissane, Sarah Burr, […]

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RECOGNISE: Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Australian Constitution
8 May 2017

Natalie Klak is the NSW and ACT Field Leader for RECOGNISE and is leading the volunteer engagement in the lead-up to the anticipated Referendum to alter the nation’s constitution next year. She is a Yindjibarndi woman who has lived in WA, QLD and now NSW, and has more than 25 years career experience as a journalist, […]

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2017 She Leads Conference – 5 Quick Questions with Drisana Levitzke-Gray
4 May 2017

The 2017 She Leads Conference will be held on Thursday 1 June at QT Canberra, with the She Leads Cocktail and Networking function to be held the night before, on May 31. Tickets and program details are now available at 2017.sheleads.org.au. Open to all, the She Leads Conference brings women from a range of sectors, at all stages of their […]

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What is CSW and four reasons why it matters
3 May 2017

What is the Commission on the Status of Women? The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the chief policy making body on women’s rights and gender equality at the United Nations. CSW operates as a functional commission of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), meaning CSW is charged with promoting and monitoring […]

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