International Women's Day

International Women’s Day 2021

The Northern Territory Office of Gender Equity and Diversity provides grants to support activities, projects and celebrations for International Women’s Day across the Northern Territory. This year over 30 organisations received funding through the International Women’s Day Grants Program.

Please see below calendar of 2021 events.

If you would like to include an event on the calendar, contact the Office of Gender Equity and Diversity.

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5 March 2021 - No Woman
Left Behind Conference
Time
Venue
8:30am – 4:30pm
Doubletree By Hilton Grand Ballroom, Darwin
Organisation ForrestPR
Contact Bec Forrest - Event Coordinator
Phone: 0499 444 029
Email: admin@nooneleftbehind.com.au
5 March 2021 - Women in Resources International Women’s Day – A Cruisy Conversation
Time
Venue
Arrive at 5:30pm for 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Charles Darwin Harbour Cruise Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin
Organisation Women in Resources
Contact Kate Finch - Chair WiR
Phone: 0413 633 750
To book:  trybooking
6 March 2021 - International Women’s Day Walk and Celebration
Time
Venue
8:30am gather at Civic Park
9:00am IWD walk through city centre
9:30am celebrations and entertainment
Civic Park, 13 Harry Chan Avenue, Darwin City
Organisation United Nations Association of Australia – NT Branch and the City of Darwin
Contact Kate - UNAANT
Phone: 0455 174 963
Lynn - City of Darwin
Phone: 0417 883 319
Information:  City of Darwin website
6 March 2021 - Tamil Society NT, International Women’s Day EVENT Members only free event
Time
Venue
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Harmony Hall, 44 Patterson Street, Malak
Organisation Tamil Society of the NT
Contact Mr Rajkumar Augustine - President - Tamil Society of the NT
Phone: 0416 557 228
To book:  tamilsocietynt@gmail.com
6 March 2021 - Wxmen in Hip Hop
Time
Venue
9:00pm - 1:00am
Happy Yess, 12 Smith Street, Darwin City
Organisation Hannah Illingworth, Happy Yess Darwin and Babes Paint Darwin.
Contact Music + Dance + Dj + Street Art
A celebration of the local scene. 18+
$10 tickets at the door
6 March 2021 - Women, Culture and Social integration within African contest
Time
Venue
3:30pm - 7:30pm
C3 Premises, 62 Patterson Street , Malak
Organisation Ogbako Ndi Igbo Nothern Territory (ONINTA)
Contact Mrs. Blessing Ochiagha - Vice President - ONINTA
Phone: 0424 146 319
Information:  Oninta.au@gmail.com
7 March 2021 - EVERYBody=STRONG,  EVERYBody=Beautiful
Life Drawing Class
Time
Venue
10:00am – 11:30am and 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Audit House - 2 Burnett Place, Larrakeyah
Organisation The National Trust of Australia (NT)
Contact Carmen Chapple
Phone: (08) 8981 2848
Email: office@ntnationaltrust.org.au
To book: www.nationaltrustntstore.com
7 March 2021 - Babes Paint March Jam
Time
Venue
4:00pm – 7:00pm
Austin Lane, Darwin City
Organisation Babes Paint Darwin supported by Radio Gnome Records and Proper Creative
Contact A monthly paint jam that aims to create an inclusive space for emerging and established street artists. This month’s theme is ‘chose to challenge’. Newcomers are encouraged, even if you haven’t painted before!
Information: facebook/events
7 March 2021 - Chamber Music performance
“In her Footsteps" - Celebrating Women Composers
Time
Venue
4:30pm – 6:15pm 
Visitor and Events Centre - George Brown Botanical Gardens, Gardens Road, Darwin
Organisation Arafura Music Collective
Contact Claire Kilgariff Artistic Director / Coordinator Arafura Music Collective
Email: arafuramusiccollective@iinet.net.au
8 March 2021 - Lunch and pampering for Belyuen women and young girls
Time
Venue
10:00am – 2:00pm
Belyuen Community Knucky Women’s centre
Organisation Belyuen Council
Contact Cathy Winsley - CEO Belyuen Council
Phone: 0497787122
Lisa Buchanan - Coordinator Women’s Centre
Phone: (08) 8978 5482
8 March 2021 - International Women’s Day Lunch
Time
Venue
12:00pm - 2:00pm
IL Piatto, Mindil Casino and Resort, Darwin
Organisation United Nations Association of Australia – NT Division
Contact Ms Kate Heelan - President UNAA-NT
Phone: 0455174963
Email: nt@unaa.org.au
To book www.eventbrite.com.au
8 March 2021 - International Women’s Day Trade Fair – Lead, Inspire, Create
Time
Venue
5:00pm – 9:00pm
Humpty Doo Bowls Club
Organisation Litchfield Council
Contact Debbie Branson - Litchfield Council
Phone: (08) 8983 0600
Email: council@litchfield.nt.gov.au
8 March 2021 - Empowering, Inspiring, Uplifting: Together supporting women worldwide
Time
Venue
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Online Event
Organisation Australia for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency
Contact Cost: Individual $50
Corporate bundle of 10 $450
To book tickets
Email: events.humanitix.com
9 March 2021 - Storytime in the Sky
Information Come along and explore the journey of life in the sky as a local female CareFlight pilot and flying doctor! These women show that the sky's the limit and share flight related stories as part of our regular Storytime session for International Women's Week.
Suitable for ages 1-5 and their parents.
Time
Venue
10:00am - 10:45am
City of Palmerston Library Goyder Square, The Blvd, Palmerston
Organisation City of Palmerston Library
Contact FREE no bookings required
Phone: 8935 9999
10 March 2021 - Palmerston International Women’s Day Cultural Fusion of Fashion and Food
Time
Venue
11:00am – 1:30pm
Palmerston Recreation Centre, 11 The Boulevard, Palmerston
Organisation STEPS Group Australia
Contact Ms Yvonne Coleman - Business Manager
STEPS Group Australia
Phone: 0427 035 633 yvonnec@stepsgroup.com.au
11 March 2021 - IWD Breakfast Panel Discussion
Time
Venue
6:30am - 8:30am
Hilton Darwin 32 Mitchell Street, Darwin City
Organisation NT Young Lawyers & NT Women Lawyers Association
Contact Email: NTYL.committe@gmail.com or ntwomenlawyersassoc@gmail.com
Limited seats.
To book www.eventbrite.com.au
11 March 2021 - IWD Community Gaming Day
Time
Venue
3:30pm – 6:00pm
Palmerston Recreation - Centre 11 The Boulevard, Palmerston
Organisation Palmerston and Regional Basketball Association (PaRBA)
Level Up Esports
Contact Rachel Fosdick - Secretary PaRBA and Level Up Esports
Phone: 0400 548 416
Email: Parba.nt@outlook.com
11 March 2021 - Trivia Night
Time
Venue
6:30pm - 10:00pm
Darwin Trailer Boat club 8 Atkins Drive, Fannie Bay
Organisation United Nations Association of Australia – NT Division
Contact Tickets are $20 each, Tables up to 10
To book www.eventbrite.com.au
12 March 2021 - Together We Grow Better
Time
Venue
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Blue 2A, Charles Darwin University, Darwin
Organisation United Muslims of Northern Territory (UMNT)
Contact Mrs. Alia Sarmast
Phone: (08) 8900 7544
Email: ntwomen@umnt.org.au
12 March 2021 - IWD Community Forum – A challenged world is an alert world
Information Join us for an afternoon of interesting conversation with inspiring women. This free community event will make you laugh and cry as our special guests share their stories about triumphs and tragedies, and explore this year’s IWD theme of #ChoosetoChallenge.
Free.
Time
Venue
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Palmerston Recreation Centre 11 The Boulevard, Palmerston
Organisation City of Palmerston, City of Palmerston Library and Australia Day Council NT
Contact Bookings required. City of Palmerston Library
Phone: (08) 8935 9999

To book www.eventbrite.com.au
13 March 2021 - International Women’s Day Skate
Time
Venue
9:00am - 11:00am
Leanyer Recreation Park, 215 Vanderlin Drive, Leanyer
Organisation Darwin Skate School
Contact Phone: 0415 381 449
www.darwinskateschool.com.au
Email: skates@shinertown.com.au
For Ages 14-25
To book: launchdarwin.com.au
13 March 2021 - International Women’s Day – UnionsNT Affiliated Union Women Conference
Time
Venue
9:30am - 2:30pm
MANMF Office and Krav Maga, 16 Caryota Court, Coconut Grove
Organisation UnionsNT
Contact Bronwyn Channon UnionsNT Women’s Officer
Phone: (08) 8924 4700
bronwyn.channon@unitedworkers.org.au
13 March 2021 - International Women’s Day Gala Dinner
Time
Venue
6:30pm – 10:30pm
Mindil Beach Casino Resort - Gilruth Avenue, Darwin City
Organisation Ausiana Event Organizer
Contact Linda Reeves 0432 546 028
Pearl Garcia 0434 634 391
Email: ausiana.nt@gmail.com
To book: www.eventbrite.com
13 March 2021 - International Women’s Day Gala Dinner
Time
Venue
From 6:30pm
Darwin Railway Club 17 Somerville Gardens, Parap
Organisation Burlesque Idol Darwin
Contact Scarlet Tinkabelle & Mae De La Rue
Phone: 0400 736 444
Burlesque Idol Australia
To book: www.stickytickets.com.au
TBA - Cuppa - community arts connecting rural women from all walks
Time
Venue
TBA
Organisation Darwin Community Arts Incorporated
Contact Anna Weekes
Email: admin@darwincommunityarts.org.au

6 March 2021 - International Women’s Day – Girls Night Out
Time
Venue
from 6:30pm
Multi Resource Centre Pine Creek
Organisation Victoria Daly Regional Council
Contact Christy 
Phone: (08) 8976 8211
8 March 2021 - International Women’s Day afternoon tea and presentation to Miriam Rose Bauman Australian Senior of the Year.
Information Miriam Rose Bauman: She is one of the founding mothers of Merrepen Arts. IWD bags and soap given to all Nauiyu women printed at the Arts Centre. Film viewing High Ground for the community.
Time
Venue
3:00pm – 5:00pm and 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Merrepen Arts Nauiyu, Daly River
Organisation Merrepen Arts, Culture and Language Aboriginal Corporation
Contact Cathy Laudenbach - Manager Merrepen
Phone: (08) 8978 2533
8 March 2021 - IWD March
Time
Venue
5:00pm Poster making
5:30pm March starts
Ryan Park, Katherine
Organisation Katherine Women’s Information and Legal Service Association
Contact Phone: (08) 8972 1712
8 March 2021 - Free screening of I am Women
Time
Venue
6:30pm
Katherine Cinema, 20 First St, Katherine
Organisation Katherine Women’s Information and Legal Service Association
Contact Phone: (08) 8972 1712

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.

Last updated: 25 February 2021

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