On Friday 22 September, YWCA Australia launched the Gender and Homelessness Edition of Parity Magazine, in collaboration Council to Homeless Persons.
YWCA Board President Helen Conway officially launched the edition, and we had contributions from Deborah Di Natale, Sheena Watt MP, Molly George, along with researchers Dr Juliet Watson and Jayne Malenfant. Uncle Tony Garvey delivered a powerful Welcome to Country, with some sage words about the importance of the Voice to Parliament.
Kate Colvin facilitated an expert panel on Designing policy and service responses to homelessness with a gendered lens with Tanya Corrie – CEO of Juno Housing, Tania Farha – CEO of Safe and Equal and Elliott McMahon – General Manager of Drummond Street Queerspace.
The stand-out event for many attendees, both in-person and online, was the incredible lived experience panel led by Morgan Cataldo and lived experience experts Helen, LJ and Dianne.
This edition was important to us, as we know the experiences of housing insecurity and homelessness in Australia are gendered – as are the solutions. The edition covers women and gender diverse people’s experiences of housing insecurity and homelessness, learns from grassroots organisations on how they’re addressing these issues and looks at ways on how we can create change together.
Thank you to the YWCA team members who supported to our launch event in Melbourne, and those who joined us online.