International Women’s Day
On March 8 each year, we celebrate International Women’s Day. It’s a highlight on the feminist calendar, a day we embrace and celebrate the many facets of women’s identities – intersections of faith, race, ethnicity, gender or sexual identity, or disability.
It’s also a day for us to acknowledge and celebrate the immense achievements made by women who have come before us, and to energise ourselves for the progress yet to be made.
In the past 100 years alone, the women’s movement has driven social progress, securing labour rights, access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, passed laws protecting women from violence, seen women elected to the highest positions of leadership and provided the world with an understanding of the root causes of gender inequality.
Women continue to drive conversations on rights, climate change, LGBTQI rights and peace agreements.
Women have achieved immense progressive change, to the benefit of all. And we continue to push for better opportunities and safer futures for the next generations.
It’s for this reason that we band together with women’s organisations and friends of the movement around the world to recognise those that have gone before us and those that work alongside us on March 8.
There are many ways for you to get involved this International Women’s day – whether marching in person, voting on your favourite moment of women’s history or signing a petition in support of greater funding for women’s organisations, every action counts.
Celebrate women’s leadership from the past 100 years
This International Women’s Day, celebrate the achievements of the global women’s movement by voting for your favourite moment of women’s leadership. The rights and progress we enjoy today are directly linked to the work of women who have come before us and are working alongside us today, pushing boundaries and demanding equality.
Ask Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, to increase support for women’s rights organisations.
Women’s rights organisations lead change. Every day. They fight for gender equality, for women’s leadership, safety and economic empowerment. They reach women with practical services to keep them safe, to provide powerful information about their rights. And they work to change the systems and structures that deny their rights.
Yet, women’s rights organisations in the Asia Pacific Region are not getting the funding they need to transform how the world works for women and girls, in all their diversity. At this rate, it will take centuries to achieve gender equality.
This International Women’s Day, ask Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Julie Bishop MP, to step up Australia’s leadership in supporting women’s rights organisations in our region.
Get active, march with us!
We’ll be sharing details soon about marches around Australia on March 8, stay tuned!