International Women's Day

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on 8 March each year. It was established in response to the growing demand for equality for women and recognition of women’s achievements.

The rights of women have been celebrated in Australia since the 1920s.   However, it was not until the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution in 1977, when 8 March was formally established as International Women’s Day.

In recent years, International Women’s Day has represented an opportunity to appreciate the journey that women have taken to achieve greater rights and has also served to raise awareness that further work is needed to achieve gender equality.

At its core, International Women’s Day is also an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of individual women and their continuing contribution to their local communities.


2018 Calendar of Events


International Women's Day Grants

The Office of Gender Equity and Diversity provides grants to assist Northern Territory organisations to host events to celebrate the day.

Grants of up to $3000 are available for activities that:

  • 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; and
  • Encourages community participation in International Women’s Day

Applications for the 2018 International Women’s Day Grants Program are now closed.

Applications for 2019 will open on 1 November 2018 and will close on 30 November 2018.

For more information please contact the Office of Gender Equity and Diversity.

Last updated: 01 March 2018