2014-2015 ACT Women's Grant Recipients

$115,000 in grants to support Canberra women

Eight projects, ranging from a history of one of Canberra’s oldest women’s refuges to a digital storytelling project for Muslim women, will share in $115,000 in funding from this year’s Women’s Grants.

This year’s grant round attracted an innovative and diverse range of applications, and I look forward to seeing these important initiatives come to life in coming months.

The successful applicants are:

The project will uncover the paradigm differences underlying alcohol and drug treatment provision and services responding to domestic and/or family violence for women, and identify barriers inhibiting cooperation between providers. The recommendations, developed in collaboration with project participants, will propose ways to improve the compatibility of models of care and link services within and between sectors to better meet the needs of affected women and reduce the harms they currently experience.

The book will record interviews with previous clients, staff and stakeholders as well as other leading figures and women's organisations in the ACT. It will explore Beryl’s archived documents as well as reports, articles and statistics about domestic violence over each 5 year period since the shelter was established. It will provide a vital snapshot in the women's sector in the ACT that will shed light on the ongoing importance of work of Beryl Women Inc, domestic violence shelters, the elimination of violence against women and the advancement of women's rights.

Muslim women will make a short film about a personal story, and gain skills in storytelling, photography and filmmaking. They will work with an experienced team of artists (an Artistic Director, a Photographer and a Filmmaker) through a process that is professional, respectful and culturally appropriate.The digital stories will be finished to a professional standard and screened at a launch at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre Ralph Wilson Theatre, co-hosted by the Canberra Multicultural Community Forum (CMCF) and PhotoAccess. They will also be published on the CMCF websiteExternal Link.

Walk in my ShoesExternal Link

The project aims to develop a local resource to improve the awareness of local GP practices and community health workers by providing local relevant ACT information to assist them to identify signs of domestic violence, and to know how to have the right conversations with women and children experiencing violence and what assistance they can offer them.

The project is a specialist Women's Family Law Clinic for Cultural and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) women. The Clinic would utilise the voluntary services of private family law solicitors, supervised and coordinated by a specialist in-house solicitor. The aim of the project would be to provide advice, representation and support to culturally and linguistically diverse ('CALD') women in relation to divorce matters.

Girls Gotta Know’ is a free app created to provide young women between the ages of 14 and 24, quick access to essential legal information on a range of practical topics. The app provides easy to understand legal information on housing, employment, partying, relationships, money and general topics. The Women's Legal Centre (ACT & Region) ('the Centre) contributed to the ACT information in the national app and seeks to undertake community legal education activities across Canberra in high schools, colleges and universities.

She Leads is an innovative and evidence-based women’s leadership program comprised of a year-long Diploma of Management, and a one-day conference.
Due to popular demand and feedback from attendees from the school sector, YWCA Canberra is now looking to expand this work to include a She Leads College Conference in 2015 for young women in years 11 and 12. The Conference will host up to 200 young women from colleges across the ACT, and would take place in the first quarter of 2015.

The Relationship Things community resource aims to prevent sexual assault and gender-based violence by equipping young people with the tools and knowledge to develop and maintain safe and respectful relationships. This project extends the reach of the hard copy Relationship Things resources by developing an interactive digital portal and mobile application. Relationship Things Online aims to increase the number of young people receiving this vital information, particularly those who are at-risk or who have disengaged from formal education. It will also act as a go-to reference for the graduates of the face-to-face program