A wonderful start to the World YWCA International Leadership Institute in Bangkok: over 70 participants from 47 countries came together, hosted by the YWCA of Thailand. Our theme is "Her Future. The Future Young Women Want". We started the day with introductions around the room, and it was thrilling to realise the different nationalities we have in the room.
The historic commitment to promote the human rights of Australians living with disability is the good news story of the Federal Budget 2013-2014. However YWCA knows from our own work in community housing, including disability housing, that the failure of this budget to target measures to improve housing affordability will lead to an inevitable social crisis as more and more Australians lose access to a roof over their head. YWCA Australia is also deeply disappointed that this Budget does not contain an increase of the Newstart Allowance.
Welcome to Budget night! There’s a lot of movement in Canberra as the Australian Government prepares to to hand down the 2013-14 Federal Budget this evening. We will be attending the Budget ‘lock-up’ this afternoon so that we can comment tonight on how the Budget may affect the women, families and communities that we work with. Read our pre-budget submission, which recommended investment in critical social safeguards such as affordable rental housing and a rise in the Newstart Allowance.
The World YWCA offers an extraordinary opportunity to young women through its Internship Programme! It’s a chance for learning, leading and working with the World Office in Geneva, Switzerland. The World YWCA Young Women's Internship Programme is intended to increase the number of globally experienced and trained leaders who will return to their associations to share their experiences and learning with their associations, and also to provide leadership for increased and improved understanding of what the world movement is all about.
There are an increasing number of homeless families in Australia. YWCA NSW operates a Homeless Brokerage Program in Sydney, aimed at early intervention. In an article in TheSydney Morning Herald called ‘A new face of homelessness’, Carol Basile, YWCA NSW’s manager of community wellbeing programs, described the housing situation faced by some of the people YWCA NSW works with: “Many are facing homelessness for the first time. Most rely on Centrelink benefits but about 7 per cent are in full-time work.”