Frances Crimmins, Executive Director of YWCA Canberra
Congratulations to the YWCA Canberra and all those that signed the change.org RESPECT NOW petition. It worked!
An amazing outcome – $615,000 in funding for primary prevention in the ACT Budget!
Frances Crimmins, Executive Director of YWCA Canberra said, “After months of advocacy and community action, it’s fantastic to see this far-reaching issue receive a financial commitment.
“We commend the ACT Government for acknowledging the critical role of primary prevention initiatives to end all forms of violence against women in the long term.
“The allocation of $615,000 will make a significant impact in ensuring that school children have access to the skills and resources they need to understand and engage in respectful relationships.
“We’ve been working with the ACT Government Education and Training Directorate and others to explore various models for respectful relationships programming, and look forward to continuing this work with the Government.”
After launching the Respect NOW campaign on International Women’s Day in March this year, YWCA Canberra publicly called for primary prevention to be a priority in the upcoming ACT Budget.
Ms Crimmins said, “The campaign has seen a groundswell of community support, resulting in almost 1,000 signatures on our petition, bolstered by numerous emails and letters to Ministers from individuals and organisations across the Territory.”