Blog: Gender Equality

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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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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Mastering self-doubt and mindset training with Angie Ford
1 September 2020

For many people, a leader is often perceived as a person who exudes confidence, emotional intelligence, and is always in control. What most people don’t consider is that all leaders, just like you and I, are humans and face no exemptions when it comes to challenges of self-doubt and uncertainty. Last Tuesday night, YWCA Canberra […]

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Equal Pay Day 2020
28 August 2020

Sadly, we continue to have no progress in 2020, with figures showing that the national gender pay gap has not improved since last year and remains at 14 per cent for full-time employees, a difference of $253.60 each week. And I fear that the progress we have made over the last few decades has a […]

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The uncomfortable truth about sexual harassment in Australian workplaces
18 March 2020

In Australia, sexual harassment is widespread and pervasive. It is estimated that 85 per cent of women aged over 15 years have been sexually harassed at some point in their lives, carrying detrimental impacts on an individual’s physical, emotional, and psychological well being as well as their professional careers. According to the Sex Discrimination Act (Cth) 1984, […]

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What’s happening in Canberra on International Women’s Day?
2 March 2020

What’s happening in Canberra on International Women’s Day? It’s time to rally up the girls because International Women’s Day (IWD) is coming up Sunday 8 March, and we couldn’t be more excited! International Women’s Day is a time for us each to reflect on the progress made towards gender equality and express our deepest gratitude towards the women […]

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Meet a member – Penny Kyburz
28 February 2020

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. We will feature an interview with a member here on our blog so you can get to know each other a little better. Today, […]

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science
11 February 2020

Throughout history, the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have long played an integral part in helping people understand how the world works and what we can do to improve it. At YWCA Canberra, we especially recognise the importance of women and the roles they play in STEM, along with the discoveries they […]

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Reflections from World Council
23 December 2019

YWCA Canberra’s Vice President Ashleigh Streeter and Board member Sophie Fisher were among a contingent that attended the YWCA World Council. These are their reflections. From 17 to 22 November 2019, we were fortunate enough to attend the 29th YWCA World Council in Johannesburg, South Africa. World Council is held every four years and brings […]

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Our submission for the 2020-21 ACT Budget
23 December 2019

It has been a busy period in our advocacy work with our submission to the 2020-2021 ACT Budget coinciding with the launch of our Women’s Survey report. This submission aligned with the themes outlined in our previous work and included stronger calls for improved gender-responsive budgeting, transparent monitoring of program and policy outcomes for women […]

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