International Women's Day

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2024 Date8 March 2024
2025 Date8 March 2025

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International Women's Day is dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women across a multitude of domains, including social, economic, cultural, and political spheres. It is an observance that aims to bring attention to the necessity of gender equality, thereby fostering a more balanced world. While it celebrates accomplishments, it is also a call to action for accelerating gender parity and recognizing women who brave new trails and defy conventions.

International Women's Day was first recognised in the early 20th century and has since become a vital annual occurrence. For Australians, this observance holds particular relevance, offering an opportunity to celebrate the significant contributions made by Australian women while acknowledging the barriers that still exist. Notably, the socio-political sphere which includes milestones such as the suffrage movement in South Australia, Edith Cowan's historic election to the Western Australian Parliament and Julia Gillard's role as the first female Prime Minister of Australia.

In Australia, International Women's Day is marked by a range of events scattered across the country in urban centres and rural towns alike. These include marches, conferences, and community gatherings focusing on important themes relevant to gender parity. They serve as platforms for dialogue, reflection and action towards gender equality. Educational institutions, organisations, and government bodies across the country also host initiatives to raise awareness on women's rights and equality. The observance universally occurs on March 8, a date shared by all participating countries, including Australia.

Facts about International Women's Day

  • The theme for International Women's Day in 2024 was Inspire Inclusion. In 2023 the theme was #BreakTheBias.
  • The United Nations Officially Adopted International Women's Day In 1975.
  • There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
  • Each year, Australia awards many women with "Women of the Year" within their respective states and territories in alignment with International Women's Day. The Australian Human Rights Commission also plays a significant role in advocating for women’s rights around this commemorative day and uses the occasion to launch reports or guides related to women’s rights issues.
  • The Australian government provides a number of services to support international women, including health, housing, and employment services. This also includes services to support women who are victims of domestic or family violence.

Top things to do in Australia for International Women's Day

  • Attend one of many popular Women’s day events including: WeCon Women's Empowerment Conference (Austin, TX), Women of the World Festival (UK), and The Empowerment Bridge (NYC).
  • If you’re a man, show appreciation by performing a chore for your special lady that is typically done by her. This may include cooking, cleaning, child care or anything that the special woman in your life does.
  • Attend networking events that promote a relaxed environment for women to network and connect with other professionals such as the Women’s Networking Lunch.
  • Participate in the Reclaim the Night march, which aims to raise awareness about gender violence while promoting women’s safety at night.

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