International Women's Day

International Women’s Day is observed around the world each year on 8 March by people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds.

It 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 that has been made, and to assert women’s political, social and economic rights.

The first acknowledged International Women’s Day was held in March 1911, after over 100 women from 17 countries unanimously decided to honour the women’s rights movement at the 1910 Second International Conference of Socialist Women in Copenhagen. Other countries followed in a similar fashion, by arranging events in February or March.

The first public event to take place in Australia was an International Women’s Day march. Held in Sydney, on 25 March 1928, the march featured a demand for equal pay. In 1929, rallies also took place in Sydney and Brisbane.

The women’s movement gained strengthened over time with International Women’s Day events spreading across Australia. International Women’s Day was first officially recognised by the Australian Government in 1974. The United Nations officially observed International Women’s Year in 1975. In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming 8 March to be United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. Since then, four global United Nations women’s conferences have been held, two of which were attended by a delegation of Northern Territory women.

Territory women have regularly celebrated International Women’s Day since 1976. Events vary across the regions and often include exhibitions, marches, social gatherings, public events, speakers, films, poetry readings, song and dance.

The colours of green, white and violet are often associated with the women’s movement. These colours were first used by the English Suffragettes and symbolised Giving Women the Vote. Green is said to represent hope, white purity and, violet justice.

International Women’s Day 2020

A number of International Women's Day activities are being held across the Northern Territory in 2020 - many which have been supported by the International Women's Day Grants Program.

View the calendar of events below for up to date information about International Women's Day events in your area, or download a copy PDF (660.1 KB).

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Date

Time

Event

Venue

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Monday

2nd March

10:00am – 11:30am

International Women’s Day Art Exhibition

Palmerston Library

Goyder Square, The Blvd, Palmerston City

APM

Chelsea Palmer

Phone: 0438 900 173

Email: Chelsea.Palmer@ndis.gov.au

Tuesday

3rd March

11:30am – 1:30pm

Cultural Celebration and Lunch

Palmerston Recreation Centre, 11 The Blvd, Palmerston City

Palmerston International Women's Day Collective

Yvonne

Phone: 0427 035 633

Wednesday 4th March

6:45am

Women’s Network NT International Women’s Day Breakfast

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin

116 Esplanade, Darwin

Women’s Network NT

Celebrate International Women’s Day at a breakfast with Women’s Network NT.

Guest speaker Hon Kezia Purick MLA, Speaker and Member for Goyder.

MC Amy Heatherington

Members $20, Non-Members $35

Includes hot breakfast, tea coffee, pastries.

To book click on the link:

https://www.trybooking.com/603831

Wednesday 4th March

8:30am – 10:00am

Pancake Breakfast

Goyder Square, The Blvd, Palmerston City

Palmerston International Women's Day Collective

All welcome

Rosalind

Phone: 8935 9919

Wednesday 4th March

10:00am – 12:00pm

Aboriginal Women’s Weaving Workshop

Palmerston Recreation Centre, 11 The Blvd, Palmerston City

Palmerston International Women's Day Collective

Bookings essential by calling Tich

Phone: (08) 8944 9223

Thursday

5th March

10:00am-11:00am

International Women’s Day Celebration morning tea for families at Manunda Terrace Primary School

Parent Room – Manunda Terrace Primary School, 31 Manunda Tce, Karama

Manunda Terrace Primary School

Sarah Porter (Community Engagement Officer)

Email: sarah.porter@ntschools.net or

Phone on (08) 8997 7366

Monday

2nd March to Sunday

8th March

Various

International Women’s Day Murals

Palmerston Recreation Centre & Palmerston Library, The Blvd, Palmerston City

Palmerston International Women's Day Collective

Take a look at the murals created for the International Women’s Street Artists’ Competition

Email: Rosalind.Clarke@palmerston.nt.gov.au

Monday

2nd March to Sunday

8th March

Various

Rydges IWD Promotion

$30 Lunch special, tasting plate and beverage offered to women

Rydges Palmerston,

5 Maluka Dr, Palmerston City

Rydges Palmerston

Madame Za

Phone: (08) 8983 6613

Friday

6th March

6.30am - 8.30am

International Women’s Day Breakfast hosted by NTYL & NTWLA

The Ballroom | Hilton Hotel Darwin

32 Mitchell Street, Darwin

Northern Territory Young Lawyers and Northern Territory Women Lawyers Association

Tickets are $38. Enjoy a fabulous breakfast and a morning of excellent company and fulsome discussion, where we will join a panel of formidable guest speakers to discuss this year’s theme, #EachforEqual - including:

Her Honour Judge Elisabeth Armitage (Moderator)

Merran Short (Child Protection & Community Services | Solicitor for the NT)

Lindy Morgan (Barrister | William Forster)

Sophie Cleveland (Partner | Minter Ellison)

Suzan Cox QC (Director | Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission)

Please follow the link to purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/international-womens-day-breakfast-jointly-hosted-by-ntyl-ntwla-tickets-93458877017?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Friday

6th March

8:30am – 6:00pm

No Woman Left Behind Conference 2020

Darwin Entertainment Centre

93 Mitchell Street, Darwin

ForrestPR/Territory community

Book tickets here:

https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=536609&

Friday

6th March

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Hurdles – Northern Institute celebrates International Women’s Day

Mal Nairn Foyer, CDU Casuarina campus (Red 7), Charles Darwin University, Ellengowan Drive, Casuarina

Northern Institute/Charles Darwin University

Hear stories from the following inspirational local women about the hurdles they’ve overcome to achieve equality:

· Dr Donna Odegaard AM - Co-Chair of the National Indigenous Co-design Group and CEO of Aboriginal Broadcasting Australia

· Sally Gearing – Legal Trailblazer and first female member of the Northern Territory Bar

· Helen Summers – NT Local Hero nominee for Australian of the Year Awards 2020

· Special guest ‘Aussie Songbird’ Melanie Gray performing

This year your gold coin entry goes the Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund (WWF - Australia) to care for wildlife injured in recent bushfires around Australia. Complimentary drinks and nibbles. Wear purple to show your support. All welcome #EachforEqual #IWD2020

Friday

6th March

9:00am – 12:00pm

Women in Business Morning Tea Showcase

Aboriginal Bush Traders,

74 The Esplanade, Darwin, 0800

Aboriginal Bush Traders

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/women-in-business-morning-tea-showcase-tickets-94735932725?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Friday

6th March

10:00am – 12:00pm

International Women’s Day High Tea. A celebration to honour our foster and kinship carers.

Rydges Palmerston,
15 Maluka Drive, Palmerston

Foster and Kinship Carers Association NT

Bookings required via www.trybooking.com/BIGNU or Phone: 1300 030 928 or

Email: info@fkca.org.au

Friday

6th March

5:30pm

Litchfield 2020 Art Exhibition Launch Hosted By Litchfield Women in Business

Whitewood Hall, 325 Whitewood Road, Howard Springs

Litchfield Council

Book your tickets here:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/litchfield-council-art-exhibition-2020-launch-tickets-85209787769

Saturday

7th March

8:30am – 12:00pm

International Women’s Day Walk

8.30am Gather in the Civic Centre court yard (Harry Chan Ave, Darwin CBD)

United Nations Association of Australia NT & City of Darwin

Wear purple and bring your banners, hat and water bottle and come to join in the fun

Susan, UNAANT on 0439 003 646 or

Lynn, City of Darwin on 0417 883 319

Saturday

7th March

10:00am – 1:00pm

Women’s Pride and Self-worth

Building Blue 2A, Charles Darwin University

Casuarina Campus

Ellengowan Dr, Casuarina

United Muslims of the NT

RSVP:

https://forms.gle/ncmmzq3uFMFeLibz9

Saturday

7th March

5:00pm – 6:00pm

International Women's Day (educating women about female genital mutilation)

62 Paterson Road, Malak

Ogbako Ndi Igbo NT Australia [ONINTA]

Free Event

Saturday 7th March

5:00pm

International Women's Day- Family event Jumping Castle, Henna Painting on Hands and Islamic Women's Scarf Stall

Community Hall , Islamic Society of Darwin,

53, Vanderlin Drive (Entry Via Allwright street)

Islamic Society of Darwin

Open to Wider Community - RSVP required through email for Catering purposes:

events@isod.org.au

president@isod.org.au

Sunday 8th March

9:00am – 10:30am

International Women's Day - Youth Leadership Programme (Grades 8 to 12 and Uni students)

Community Hall , Islamic Society of Darwin,

53, Vanderlin Drive (Entry Via Allwright street)

Islamic Society of Darwin

Open to Wider Community - Registration Essential through email:

events@isod.org.au

president@isod.org.au

Sunday

8th March

9:00am – 11:00am

International Women’s Day Skate

Leanyer Skate Park

305 Vanderlin Dr, Malak

City of Darwin’s LAUNCH program

Get out and get down to the park for International Women's Day!

☥ To celebrate the strength and energy of female and non-binary people everywhere we're inviting you down to the Leanyer Skate Park on Sunday March 8th. Newcomers, shredders and in-betweeners can practise skate skills, make things and share ideas.
Craft/Chill Area
Gurls Graff Darwin
++ Skate Workshop for ages 14-25 ++

Registrations essential for the workshop but not required to attend the event. More info and bookings:
https://www.launchdarwin.com.au/skate-calendar-2020/iwd-skate-2020/

Sunday

8th March

11:30am – 2:30pm

International Women’s Day Luncheon with a twist

Harmony Hall,

44 Patterson Street, Malak

Cross-Cultural Association for Women and Families Incorporated

Limited seating.

To book your seats contact Caron

Email: ccawfinc@gmail.com or

Phone: 0418 944 426

Sunday

8th March

5:00pm – 6:00pm

International Women's Day Novelty Soccer Match

62 Patterson Street, Malak

Ogbako Ndi Igbo NT Australia [ONINTA]

Free Event

Monday

9th March

10:00am – 12:00pm

International Women’s Day Our achievements our dreams

Melaleuca Refugee Centre, 24 McLachlan St, Darwin City

Melaleuca Refugee Centre

We want to say special thanks to multicultural women who have made or are making a difference. Please wear something purple. Morning tea will be provided. Free event

Please RSVP by Friday 6th March

Email: projectcoordinator@melaleuca.org.au or

Phone: (08) 8985 3311

Monday

9th March

5:45pm – 7:30pm

Embracing your feminine

KJS Entertainment

5/16 Malak Crescent

Malak Shopping Centre

Renee Laylor

Come together with like-minded women, escape the pressures of daily life, and deep dive into this
self-care workshop honouring self.

Spaces are limited. Book your tickets here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/embracing-your-feminine-international-womens-day-event-tickets-96025913091

Tuesday 10th March

11:00am – 2:00pm

DAIWS International Women’s Day Celebrating Indigenous Women of Influence

94 Boulter Road, Berrimah Estate

DAIWS (Darwin Aboriginal and Islander Women’s Shelter Inc)

Wear Purple to support Women’s Rights

Recognising the contribution of Indigenous women of influence. Sharing career pathways and have a yarn.

Regina

Phone: (08) 8945 2588

Tuesday 10th March

12:00pm - 1:00pm

TINATalks: #EachforEqual

Six Tanks

4/69 Mitchell St, Darwin City NT

YWCA Australia

Join us at our TINATalks event for drinks, nibbles and conversations exploring this year’s theme: Each for Equal. Our amazing speakers share what #EachforEqual means to them as young women.

YWCA Australia is a leading national feminist organisation working towards a future where all women, young women and girls are equal, safe and respected. We advocate for women leading change, and fight for gender equality and women’s rights. https://www.ywca.org.au

Thursday 12th March

3:00pm -7:00pm

International Women’s Day Girls Night

YMCA Palmerston Youth Space

11 Palmerston Cct, Palmerston City

YMCA NT

Phone: (08) 8932 1096

Friday

13th March

10:00am – 5:00pm

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Unconscious Bias Training and Networking Event

Oaks Elan

31 Woods St, Darwin City

Women in Resources

Booking site:

https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=601263& or email info@wir.org.au for more information

Friday

13th March

11:00am – 2:00pm

“Tidda’s” Morning Tea

Balunu Office

4/8 Totem Rd, Coconut Grove

Balunu Foundation Ltd.

Ray Ray

Email: info@balunu.org.au

Phone: (08) 89854400 or

Mobile: 0497562319

Saturday 14th March

10:00am – 12:00pm

International Women’s Day Lunch – Unions NT

ANMF NT Branch Office, 16 Caryota Court, Coconut Grove

Unions NT

Free Event for Union members with lunch provided.

RSVP to: Chelsea Buhagiar

8924 4700 or chelsea.buhagiar@unitedworkers.org.au

Saturday 14th March

3:00pm

SLAFA International Women’s Day celebrations including Mothers vs Daughters cricket and Netball match followed by a BBQ

Nightcliff Primary School

Cunjevoi Cres, Nightcliff

Sri Lankan Australian Friendship Association

Inoka Pinto, President, Sri Lankan Australian Friendship Association

Mobile: 0431 427 403

Email: slafa-nt@outlook.com

Saturday 14th March

7:00pm - 10:00pm

International Women’s Day 2020 Celebration – Darwin Vietnamese Community

Vietnamese Community Centre

6 Earhart Court

Marrara

Vietnamese Community in Australia – NT Chapter Incorporated

Phuong Le

Email: phuong7186@gmail.com

Date

Time

Event

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Sunday

8th March

11:00am

Women’s Dress up Lunch

Galiwinku Rec Hall

East Arnhem Regional Council

Email: Demi.forward@eastarnhem.nt.gov.au

Sunday

8th March

11:00am

Women’s Day Community BBQ

Ramingining

East Arnhem Regional Council

Email: Ulaiasi.nawaqa@eastarnhem.nt.gov.au

Date

Time

Event

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Friday 6th March

10:30am

IWD Morning Tea and guest speakers

Multi resource centre, Pine Creek

Victoria Daly Regional Council

Jocelyn 8976 8201

Friday 6th March

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Afternoon tea to celebrate women and their achievements in Ngukurr

Guluman Child and Family Centre

Ngukurr Community Education Centre School Council

Melissa Watters

Mobile: 0414 742 348

Friday 6th March

6:00pm

IWD Dinner and guest speakers

Lazy Lizard Tavern, 299 Millar Terrace, Pine Creek

Victoria Daly Regional Council

Jocelyn 8976 8201

Sunday

8th March

10:00am – 11:00am

Community Brunch to celebrate International Women’s Day

Guluman Child and Family Centre

Ngukurr Community Education Centre School Council

Melissa Watters

Phone: 0414 742 348

Sunday

8th March

11:30am

Katherine Women’s Legal Service & Katherine Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation

International Women’s Day Luncheon

Katherine Stolen Generations Reflection Garden at Katherine Museum

20 Christie Rd, Katherine

Katherine Women’s Legal Service & Katherine Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation

Please call Brooke Brenner

Mobile: 0476 777 509 or

Phone: (08) 8972 1712

Monday

9th March

4:30pm - 6:30pm

International Women’s Day Girls Night

HSRC

Lot, 2525 Stuart Hwy, Katherine

YMCA NT

0428 471780

Date

Time

Event

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Wednesday 4th March

9:30am

IWD Street March and Morning tea with Presentation

Starting point assemble in Peko Park

Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation Stronger Families Section

Contact Deb Cain 0459 336 517

Saturday 7th March

10:00am – 3:00pm

Art and Photographic display and Exhibition

Tennant Creek Civic Hall, 49 Paterson Street
Tennant Creek

Jennifer Kitching

Jenny 0428 815 714

Sunday 8th March

7:00am – 8:00am

Free Water Aerobics

Tennant Creek Swimming Pool, 10 Peko Rd, Tennant Creek

Pam Dillon

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Thursday 5th March

From 5.30pm

International Women’s Day Law-N-Bowls

Alice Springs Golf Club

Northern Territory Young Lawyers and Northern Territory Women Lawyers Association

Join us for an evening of bowls and beers, followed by a Q & A panel discussion including their Honours Chief Judge Morris and Judge Huntingford to celebrate International Women’s Day 2020! #EachForEqual. Catch up with old friends or meet new ones! For more information: visit the NTYL facebook page.

Thursday 5th March

10:30am

Kungka Minyma Walytja Tjutangku Girls,Women, Family all together

Walungurru ( Kintore ) community, Basketball Courts

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Association

89534488

Friday 6th March - ongoing

Throughout the day

Celebrating Centralian Women – A visual story

Various locations within the Todd Mall and the Alice Springs Public Library

Alice Springs Town Council

A photography story highlighting the achievements of Centralian women.

Friday 6th March

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Central Australian Women’s Fair – A Celebration of all Women in our great community

Civic Centre Lawns, Alice Springs Town Council, Alice Springs

93 Todd St, Alice Springs

A Collaborative Event, run by the Central Australian Women's Legal Service, Multicultural Community Services of Central Australia, the Tangentyere Women's Family Safety Group, Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council, Sexual Assault Referral Centre, The Women's Museum of Australia, Desert Knowledge Australia and the Women's Safety Services of Central Australia

https://www.facebook.com/events/753124708510207/

FREE Community Event

Guest Speakers, Performers, Food & Trade Stalls, Jumping Castles, Face Painting and a movie screening (movie to be announced soon)

The 'Central Australian Women’s Fair' will celebrate ALL Women in our community. The stories and experiences that our community hold is fascinating and something to be celebrated and acknowledged. The event will share various women's diversity/social/political/and economic life experiences and reflect on issues such as gender inequality.

This Event is Proudly Sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.

Saturday

07 March

12:30

Women’s Lunch

Women’s centre

Yuendumu Women’s

Centre Aboriginal Corp

YWCAC 08 89564138

Cheryl 0429 695 314

Sunday 8th March

12.30pm

International Women’s Day Lunch: “Women’s Health and Well-being: Invest in yourself”

Club Eastside

28 Undoolya Rd, Alice Springs

Federal Netball Club

https://federalsnetballclub.yapsody.com/event/index/528941/feds-iwd-luncheon

Tuesday 10th March

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Overcoming Adversity To Be Inspired – International Women’s Day Women in Leadership Luncheon

Olive Pink Botanic Garden Gallery

Tuncks Rd, Alice Springs

Mental Health Association of Central Australia

To book your FREE tickets head here:

https://events.humanitix.com.au/overcoming-adversity

08 89504600 nicole.pietsch@mhaca.org.au

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Sunday

8th March

12:00pm

Women’s Day BBQ

Yirrkala

East Arnhem Regional Council

Peter Dunkley

Email: Peter.dunkley@eastarnhem.nt.gov.au

Last updated: 04 March 2020

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