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Fifth annual LGBTQIA+ & Allies Prom
18 December 2020

2020, where do we start? With bush fires, hail, a plague, and everything in between, it has been one challenging year, to say the least. More so for our young people, who have had to adapt quickly to so many challenges including online schooling and missing out on social events with their friends! YWCA Canberra […]

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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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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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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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International Volunteer Day
4 December 2020

This International Volunteer Day, we want to highlight the incredible contributions of some of our volunteers. Max and Rhonda After taking an exercise class at our Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre (MLYCC), Rhonda saw the incredible work the team does there and decided to volunteer with us. She started in the Lanyon Food Hub […]

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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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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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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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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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Representation and leadership with Hon Dame Annette King
25 November 2020

She Leads In-Conversation events provide Canberrans with the opportunity to hear from women leaders from different backgrounds and industries, in a conversational format, followed by a live Q&A session and networking.  In October 2020, New Zealand elected its most diverse parliament ever, with women representing 48 per cent, Maori 13 per cent, and LGBTQIA+ 10 per […]

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