International Women’s Day: Everything You Need to Know

International Women’s Day: Everything You Need to Know


By Emmy-Lou McKean | 7th March 2017

This week, many International Women’s Day (IWD) events will be taking place around the world. But what does it all mean and why do we need it? Here's a quick go-to guide:

What is International Women's Day all about?
International Women’s Day is for every person – women, men and non-binary people. The day is dedicated to celebrating women and their achievements by reflecting on how far we’ve come and what we can do to make the world fairer for everyone.

When is it?
Wednesday, March 8 2017 will mark the 106th International Women’s Day

When did International Women’s Day start?
Although International Women’s Day wasn’t officially recognised until 1911, IWD protests date back as far as the early 1900s, when women marched through New York City demanding better pay and the right to vote.

Is it still necessary to celebrate IWD?
The aim of International Women’s Day is to forge a better working world that is more inclusive and gender-equal. We may have come a long way in the last 106 years, but today's society is still filled with instances of injustice against women regarding safety, pay, education, access to healthcare, and numerous other issues.

Why don’t men get their own special day?
They do! On November 19, International Men’s Day is celebrated in 60 countries. It was first celebrated in Australia in 1994 with a gathering at Circular Quay in Sydney. The day focuses on men’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality and showcasing positive male role models.

How can I get involved in IWD?
There are many International Women’s Day events where you can run, watch, debate, listen and laugh to show your support. You can find out about all the events in your area here. Whether you’re organising your own event or just wanting to show your support for gender equality, IWD is asking everyone to #BeBoldForChange across all social media channels.

Want to get involved? Check out these Brisbane IWD events:


From 6-8pm on Wednesday, March 8, the Queensland Multicultural Centre will host free event DiverCityArts in celebration of IWD. Enjoy live performances, an art exhibition, drinks and nibbles, and browse through a clothing and jewellery stall. You'll also get to network with some of Brisbane’s most inspirational female artists and professionals who are passionate about IWD #BeBoldForChange.

Sugar Spin: IWD Tour

Celebrate International Women's Day 2017 on Wednesday, March 8 with a special tour highlighting women artists in Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything with QAGOMA curators Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow (Curatorial Manager, International Art) Ellie Buttrose (Associate Curator, International Art, QAGOMA) and Ruth McDougall (Curator, Pacific Art, QAGOMA).

International Women’s Day Luncheon

On Friday, March 10, Women’s Property Panel will host a three-course lunch with stunning wines and Veuve Cliquot pop-up bars for just $165 per person at Mercure Brisbane CBD. This annual event is an inspiring, energetic fun-filled day for everyone . Your ticket includes three-course lunch and 3.5-hour premium beverage package, with proceeds from the day going to Youngcare.


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Article by Emmy-Lou McKean

Emmy-Lou McKean is a Journalist at Style Magazines. She is a self-confessed pyjama enthusiast and on her weekends when she isn't in said pyjamas you'll find her enjoying live music, sipping Matcha lattes and eating her way through Brisbane and beyond.


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