Local Events

To celebrate and honour International Women’s Day 2017, our participants have organised the following activities:


Australian National University ANU will be hosting an International Women’s Day morning tea on 8 March 2017 from 9.30am-11.00am. The event is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of exceptional women among the University’s staff, students and alumni and demonstrate the University’s continuing commitment to advancing gender equity.


There will also be a public lecture by Dr Kakenya Ntaiya about her childhood in Kenya and the Kakenya Centre for Excellence, which she founded on 8 March from 5.30–6.30pm in the Sir Roland Wilson Building Theatrette 2.02, Building 120 McCoy Circuit.

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Australian Astronomical Observatory In conjunction with the National Measurement Institute (NMI), AAO is organising an event on International Women’s Day to showcase the research of 4 women researchers (2 AAO and 2 NMI). These will be in the format of 4 short show and tell highlight sessions followed by a morning tea with the 2 organisations.


Macquarie University MQ will be releasing its new Workplace Gender Equity Strategy on IWD. To celebrate this initiative there will be a series of events across campus, each hosted by a member of the Gender Equity Committee.


University of Newcastle The University of Newcastle will hold a Staff/Student outdoor program including activities such as: the Wollotuka Women’s dance workshop, guest speakers including Cheryl Kernot from the Centre for Social Impact, BBQ Lunch, live music and a variety of stalls including a focus on Women’s Health and a Photo Campaign based on #BeBoldforChange.

They will also hold “Campus Conversations” with UON’s Vice-Chancellor and other senior leaders across a number of campuses for staff and students to discuss gender equity issues under a theme of “I’m a gender stereotype – Get Me Out of Here!”. An afternoon tea will follow.


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University of NSW UNSW will host an International Women’s Day Breakfast on the theme Be Bold for Change: Sexual Violence, Women’s Rights, Women’s Power.

They will also undertake a clothing drive from Monday 6 – Wednesday 15 March at the Kensington Campus to support the charity Dress for Success, a charity whose mission is to improve the employability of women in need, by providing them with professional clothing suitable for interview and to wear to work.


Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, and the University of Wollongong UOW and ANSTO are jointly hosting an IWD event. There will be a a keynote address, 106 years of IWD – What has changed for women in society, as well as a panel session entitled It’s a man’s worldchallenges for women in STEMM careers.



University of Technology Sydney The UTS Athena SWAN pilot is launching its campaign website (equalfutures.uts.edu.au) for International Women’s Day and also co-hosting a live broadcast with Radio 2SER. The one-hour event will feature a panel of noteworthy women in STEMM to discuss current challenges and plans for the future. It will be live-broadcast in a one hour special, and include contributions from a studio audience of UTS staff. The event is being publicised to encourage staff to tune in and listen to the broadcast.

At a lunchtime event, UTS Chancellor Catherine Livingstone AO will speak at a forum for staff to celebrate International Women’s Day.


Western Sydney University Western Sydney University will hold International Women’s Day events on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 March 2017.

Tuesday 7 March

  • Dr Kakenya Ntaiya lecture – A CNN top 10 hero of 2015 and first Maasai women to graduate with a PhD, she is now inspiring new generations of girls and women. 9-11am Kingswood campus
  • WSU Early Career Researchers workshop with Professor Sharon Bell, hosted by WSU Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation Professor Deborah Sweeney , 3-5pm Parramatta campus
  • Dinner for WSU Senior Women hosted by WSU Vice Chancellor Barney Glover, 6-8pm

Wednesday 8 March

  • International Women’s Breakfast, Boiler House, 8-9am Parramatta campus



Griffith University In the lead up to International Women’s Day, the NTEU, Griffith University and the Women’s Committee of the Queensland Council of Unions will be screening the Australian documentary ‘For Love or Money’ at the Griffith Film School, Monday 6th March at Griffith Film School.

On Thursday 9 March, Griffith University will host “Be Bold for Change” – Celebrating Remarkable Women at Griffith. This will be simultaneously held across the Brisbane (Nathan), Logan and Gold Coast campuses. The day will launch the “Griffith Remarkable Women” video and include speakers talking about their career stories, and sharing their tips and challenges on career advancement.


James Cook University In the lead up to International Women’s Day, on Sunday 5 March from 9:30am – 12 noon, JCU will host a live satellite broadcast of All About Women from Sydney Opera House.


The university is also sponsoring an International Women’s Day Breakfast and panel discussion on 8 March with the topic is “Unite to end domestic violence”


Queensland University of Technology QUT will hold a Women in STEMM Project Movie Night on Monday 6 March, screening the movie Hidden Figures as a precursor to International Women’s Day 8 March.

On International Women’s Day there will be a lunchtime event for staff with guest speakers sharing their stories of strength through language and identity.


University of Queensland UQ will hold a 2017 International Women’s Day Lunch at Queensland Brain Institute on Wednesday, 8th of March 2017, 12.00 – 1.00pm. This event will include a panel discussion addressing the issues faced by women in science, and explore a diversity of career pathways.



Flinders University The following events are planned at Flinders University to celebrate International Women’s Day:

  • Free Pizza Lunch & film screening of Miss Represent
  • Launch of an internet archive on Women who have shaped Flinders University
  • Information on Unconscious Bias Training on the Flinders big-screen of the Student Hub on Campus Central


University of South Australia The University of South Australia will again be a gold sponsor of the Adelaide International Women’s Day Breakfast.




Federation University Federation University will celebrate International Women’s Day with Athena SWAN Project Lead Sharon Kitt, Director of Research Services, introducing Dr Jessica Reeves, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science, Faculty of Science and Technology who will speak about her experiences on the recent Homeward Bound 20-day expedition to the Antarctic with 80 women scientists on board. This will be livestreamed on FedUni’s Facebook page.



La Trobe University To celebrate International Women’s Day and their 50th anniversary, La Trobe University will launch the “Square the Ledger” initiative, documenting and celebrating the ordinary and extraordinary lives of women who have walked the halls of the University on Wednesday 8 March 2017 1.00pm – 2.00pm Queen’s Hall, Parliament House



University of Melbourne The University of Melbourne has put together a day of inspirational conversations with high profile and bold female leaders.

  • Breakfast at the Park Hyatt in Melbourne with Olympic and Commonwealth Games swimmer and TV personality Nicole Livingstone. Nicole is going to explore a number of aspects related to career – transitions, success, balance as well as the rise of the female athlete.
  • Morning tea during which the University’s own Dean, Faculty of Science, Professor Karen Day will moderate a panel of female leaders in sectors traditionally dominated by men:
  • Evening lecture with University of Melbourne graduate Germaine Greer and the archivists who have been cataloguing and processing the Greer Archive.


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Edith Cowan University On International Women’s Day, Edith Cowan University will hold their annual Edith Cowan Memorial Lecture. This year, ECU will hear from highly successful political leaders in the form of a panel discussion on how far WA has come towards achieving gender equality with a theme entitled ‘West Australian Female Firsts’.


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