Apply now for International Women's Day grants
Territory Families’ International Women’s Day grants program is now open for applications from organisations and individuals for events and activities to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018.
Grants of up to $3,000 are available for activities which:
- celebrate International Women’s Day
- celebrate women’s diversity and social, political and economic achievements
- educate the community about International Women’s Day
- encourage reflection and discussion about issues regarding gender inequality
- encourage community participation in International Women’s Day.
Applications close 30 November 2017 and activities must take place on or around International Women’s Day 2018.
International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements and contribution of women across the world.
The theme for 2018, Leave No Woman Behind, recognises the vital role that women play in humanitarian and disaster planning and response, the impact disasters have on women and girls, and the important roles that women play in risk reduction, rebuilding, rehabilitation and peace processes.
The Australian Government first recognised International Women’s Day in 1974 and in 1977 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming 8 March to be a day for women’s rights and international peace.
International Women’s Day grew out of women’s struggle for better working conditions and the right to vote into a movement that sought equality and justice for all women. More recently it has become a time to celebrate change, to reflect on the progress of women’s rights and equality.
Photo: the sea of purple umbrellas at the Darwin IWD parade in 2017.