What’s happening in Canberra on International Women’s Day?

2 March 2020

Phi Phi Nguyen

Phi Phi is the Communications Officer at YWCA Canberra

What’s happening in Canberra on International Women’s Day?

It’s time to rally up the girls because International Women’s Day (IWD) is coming up Sunday 8 March, and we couldn’t be more excited! International Women’s Day is a time for us each to reflect on the progress made towards gender equality and express our deepest gratitude towards the women who have helped us get to where we are today.

This year’s theme #EachForEqual focuses on the celebration of all women’s achievements and the ongoing movement towards equality. It is about how every individual belongs to a bigger picture, and how we can all play our part in challenging stereotypes, fight bias and broaden perceptions. This year’s theme is one of unity and courage and inspires us to do better to create a more gender-equal and just world for girls and women alike.

With International Women’s Day just around the corner, you may be looking for ways to get involved and to show your support for girls and women in our community. To make this easier for you, we have put together a list of activities and events happening around Canberra that you can participate in and to show your support for girls and women all across the ACT.

YWCA Canberra International Women’s Day activities and events

Tuesday, 3 March 2020: Join us at our IWD 2020 Each for Equal Morning Tea for a conversation with four women leaders from diverse ages and backgrounds who will discuss the realities and impacts of sexism and sexual harassment in public spaces. After the conversation, guests will get to enjoy a lovely morning tea spread and have a chance to mingle with other like-minded women. Book your tickets to this free event on our website today.

Monday 16 – Tuesday 17 March: Following the success of last year’s mural, YWCA Youth Programs will once again be partnering up with Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) to bring to life the International Women’s Day Street Art Project. Over the two days in March, participants will engage with the theme, “Our Voices Matter”, and explore the importance of self-love, self -care, mindfulness and the power of speaking the truth. Following a one-day workshop, the mural will be painted on site at Garema Place, and will feature a portrait of 2020 ACT Young Australian of the Year, Madeline Diamond . This project launches Monday 16 March, so if you find yourself in the city next week, make sure to check it out. 

Friday 27 March: YWCA Canberra Clubhouse will be escorting eight young women from Namadgi School to the Australian Computer Society’s Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) careers expo ‘BiG Day In’. On the day students will get to listen to a number of presentations from organisations and speakers who will talk about subjects surrounding career paths, career opportunities, the latest developments, the future of technology and much more. The event will inspire girls to engage with their interest in ICT and help them make better-informed decisions about their futures and their careers. 

Other International Women’s Day community events

Can’t make it to our morning tea? No worries, here are some other events happening around our city that you can still get involved in!

Natasha Stott-Despoja AO In Conversation with Virginia Haussegger AM

Join Natasha Stott-Despoja, one of Australia’s top influential women leaders as she leads a discussion on politics, populism and the prevention of violence against women. The event promises to be a night of robust discussion, heartfelt truths, and uncovering what it takes to sustain a feminist passion for advocacy and reform. The event will be held on Tuesday 3 March at the UC’s Ann Harding Conference centre. Visit their website for more information and to book tickets.

NAWIC ACT – International Women’s Day Breakfast – Each for Equal

The National Association of Women in Construction will be holding an International Women’s Day breakfast on Wednesday 4 March. Come along to listen to former Labour Politician, Jenny Macklin, world champion athlete, Kelsey-Lee Barber and Deputy Chief Minister of the ACT, Yvette Berry, as they engage in important discussion surrounding stereotypes, perceptions and women’s achievements. Visit the event page to find out more information.  

Canberra International Women’s Day Fundraising Lunch

UN Women Australia will be hosting their annual IWD fundraising lunch at the National Convention Centre Canberra on Thursday 5 March. This year’s theme, Generation Equality, will focus on the actions to help create a world where every girl and woman have equal opportunities. The event will be hosted by UN Women’s Sonali Hedditch, Luz Restrepo, and Wendy Yarnold and will inspire guests to think about equality far beyond their own space.

Women’s Adventure Film Tour 19/20 – Canberra

In celebration of International Women’s day, The Women’s Adventure Film Tour will be holding a special screening of 2019/20 Season of the Women’s Adventure Film Tour at the NFSA Arc cinema, Thursday 5 March. Presented by Australia’s leading adventure store, Paddy Pallin, the event will feature special guest speakers including World Champion cliff diver Rhiannan Iffland, climber Angie Scarth-Johnson, trail runner Jacqui Bell and many other amazing women. Visit the events page for more information.

International Women’s Day – Science In the Pub

This International Women’s Day, local scientists are coming together to share their research at Smith’s Alternative on Friday 6 March. Guests are invited to share in a night of engaging discussion and casual drinks, as researchers present eight short presentations showcasing the brilliant research going on around Canberra. The event will kick off at 7:00 pm-10:00 pm. Visit the event page for more information.

CASS 2020 International Women’s Day morning tea

To celebrate International Woman’s Day 2020, the College of Arts and Social Sciences Gender Equity Sub-Committee will be hosting a morning tea on Friday 6 March. There will be featuring guest speakers for an in-conversation discussion.

CW Big Band – A Celebration Of Women Musicians

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2020, the CW Big Band, an all-women ensemble, has been put together to deliver a special one-off performance on Saturday 7 March. Come along for a  great night music, celebrating women composers through big band jazz, classic standards, and pop favourites. All proceeds collected from the event will be donated to a Canberra City Band Inc, and community pregnancy support organisation, Karinya House.

International Women’s Day Breakfast Series

On Sunday 8 March, join ABC writer and presenter Annabel Crabb as she hosts AHRI’s International Women’s Day breakfast series. This year’s breakfast will follow the IWD theme #EachForEqual and invites HR professionals and business leaders to gather in the celebration of women’s achievements. On this day, guests will get to listen to important keynote speakers and engage with topics surrounding the economic, political and social futures of women worldwide.

International Women’s Day: Girls Rock!

This International Women’s Day, the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia has teamed with Girls Rock Canberra to host a fundraiser for the annual Girls Rock Camp of 2020. The event will be held Sunday 8 March and invites guests to enjoy a special screening of ‘No Time for Quiet’, a documentary that follows the journey of several young musicians who discover their voices during the 2019 Girls Rock Camp in Melbourne.

International Women’s Day at the Polo

On Sunday 8 March, join the Polo as they host a special international women’s day event aimed at celebrating women, equality and inclusivity. On this day guests will be invited to relax and listen to a talented line-up of musical performances presented by a diverse group of women artists and storytellers. Visit the event page for more information.

Celebrate the Women Folk – International Women’s Day Long Lunch

Lerida Estate Wine and The National Folk will be hosting a special International Women’s Day event titled, “Celebrate the Women Folk’ on Sunday 8 March. Guests are invited to bask in the outdoors and enjoy a relaxing day of folk tunes performed by local singer songwriter, Lucy Sugerman. Upon arrival, guests will be served a delicious assortment of foods and wine and will get to listen to ever-engaging Genevieve Jacobs. Visit the event page to buy your ticket today.

Canberra Theatre’s International Women’s Day Concert 2020

This International women’s day, join the Canberra Theatre Centre as they host their first International Women’s Day Concert, headlined by Sarah Blasko, Holly Throsby, and Sally Seltmann. With genres spanning indie, grunge, jazz, and pop, this Canberra-exclusive concert promises to celebrate the best of Australian music and embrace the achievements of women musicians across our capital. The concert will be held Sunday 8 March and will begin at 7:00 pm-10:30 pm. Visit the event page for more information.

Unapologetically You – Women in Leadership Lunch 2020

Feel inspired to be unapologetically you and join CPA Australia as they launch their annual Women in Leadership Lunch on Friday 13 March at Hotel Realm. The lunch invites guests to hear from Canberra’s best and brightest female leaders and engage in thoughtful discussions about fighting stereotypes and bias. Visit the events page for more information and to register.


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