October was a month with many important events and awareness days to mark! WCHM also held its Annual General Meeting during Anti-Poverty Week 2019 and prior to the AGM we released jointly with the ACT Council of Social Service a gender-based analysis of women in the ACT labour market over the past five years.

At the AGM we farewelled two Board members and welcomed three new women to the Board! Read more about this below.

WCHM’s CEO and Deputy CEO attended the ACT Women’s Summit which was held on 14th October. And the CEO attended  the annual Hands Across Canberra Lunch on 18th  October, a fundraising event which allows businesses to establish new connections and develop ways to support the work of charities in the ACT. WCHM’s CEO was very pleased to attend the Legislative Assembly to listen to the Joint Ministerial Statement By Ministers Berry and Stephen Smith responding to the on the ‘We Don’t Shoot Our Wounded’ report.

During October some amazing women in the ACT were recognised for their work, and several women CEOs announced they were leaving their roles.  All these amazing women have had connections with WCHM and the work we do.

Thank you to everyone who participated in WCHM’s Women’s Safety Survey of Bus Stops . WCHM staff have been busy during October with the next steps of this project and you can read about our progress  and where we are up to in other work including the Survey of Older ACT Women and advocating for the women in the AMC.

October was also Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Mental Health Awareness Month and we hope you were able to follow our regular posts on WCHM’s Facebook page about events and items of interest on these issues. In October, BPD Awareness Week, Anti-Poverty Week, World Homelessness Day, World Food Day and International Day of the Girl were also held.

And of course it is now 12 months until the 2020 ACT election on 17 October 2020, and WCHM has already started thinking about the top issues that women in the ACT have highlighted to us in our work.

Coming up in November we will be recognising Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the 16 Days of Activism against gender violence.

We hope you enjoy this newsletter!

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Susan Helyar, the Executive Director of ACTCOSS, has publicly…
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