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YWCA Canberra calls on next ACT government to prioritise gender equality, young people and community inclusion

YWCA Canberra is calling on the next ACT Government to demonstrate a commitment to creating a Canberra that prioritises social inclusion and equality for all. The organisation will launch its election advocacy platform next Tuesday, calling for action in the areas of gender equality, community inclusion and support for vulnerable Canberrans. The platform, titled Every woman, every child, every day, looks towards the 2016 election, and advocates for 20 key areas of disadvantage or inequality that the ACT Government must address in order to create a truly inclusive Canberra.

YWCA Canberra Executive Director Frances Crimmins says Canberra’s economic and social prosperity masks significant inequalities, and prevents the benefits of the Territory from truly reaching all Canberrans. “To ensure a stable, prosperous and equitable ACT, it’s crucial that we create equal opportunities for our children and young people, reduce gender inequality and violence against women, and promote social inclusion in our community,” Ms Crimmins said. “Our election platform contains clear, practical solutions to address the inequities that exist in Canberra, and we will be advocating for action in these areas over the coming months.

“We encourage all members of the community to join us in launching this platform, and show their support for building a better Canberra.” The event will take place from 11am – 12pm on Tuesday 22 March, at Civic Square in front of the Legislative Assembly, and politicians and candidates from all parties have been invited to attend.

Frances Crimmins and YWCA Canberra member, Asha Clementi will share their vision for the future of Canberra at the event. Ms Crimmins will also be meeting with current Members of the Legislative Assembly following the launch.

Updated:  7 November, 2012/Responsible Officer:  Convenor, Gender Institute/Page Contact:  Web manager, Gender Institute