Gender parity sets the Women’s Day agenda

STEMMING from the suffrage movement in the late 19th and early 20th century, the suffragettes first celebrated International Women’s Day in 1911.

Now, more than a century later, women globally continue to celebrate their social, economic, cultural and political achievements.

While this International Women’s Day, on March 8, won’t be any different it will also focus on gender parity.

Following the “World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report”, which showed that gender parity is more than 200 years away, International Women’s Day will push the importance to keep motivated and #PressforProgress.

As world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist, Gloria Steinem, once explained: “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”

Here’s what’s happening in Canberra:

Wednesday, March 7

YWCA Canberra and Griffin Legal is inviting Canberra to #PressforProgress and join in a conversation with four women leaders from diverse industries and sectors. The event launches YWCA Canberra’s report “Lead the Change: the pathway to gender equality”, which takes stock of how the ACT is progressing in gender equality.

“Lead the Change: The pathway to gender equality”, The Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, 180 London Circuit, Civic. 10am-12pm, March 7. Bookings to

FORMER presidential aide to Nelson Mandela, Zelda La Grange, will be speaking at the International Women’s Day breakfast, annually run by the Australian Human Resources Institute, about her long career in the male-dominated world of politics.

“AHRI International Women’s Day Breakfast”, QT London Circuit, 7.30am-10am, Wednesday, March 7. Enquiries to 0399 189243 or via

THE UnionsACT Women’s Committee and We Are Union Women Activist Network invites the community to an “International Women’s Day Movie Night and Panel Discussion” event. A group of women such Jacqui Agius, of the ACT Australian Education Union, will be part of the panel and the movie “Battle of the Sexes”, which depicts a collective and intersectional feminist fight for equality, will be played on the night.

We Are Union Women International Women’s Day Movie Night”, Palace Electric Cinema, 2 Phillip Law Street. 6.30pm-9pm, March 7. Bookings at

Thursday, March 8

MOTIVATED by “that insidious disease, endometriosis”, dancer Liz Lea will unveil a world premiere with her newest, solo show, “RED”. She warns that it contains matters “of an adult nature, references to surgery, illness, and high heels”.

“RED”, QL2 Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, March 8-11. Bookings to

LOCALLY based Soroptimist International ACT and Monaro celebrates International Women’s Day with a networking night that will feature a panel of international ambassadors who will discuss creating “A Better World for Women”.

“A Better World for Women”, University House, 1 Balmain Crescent, Acton. 5.30pm-7pm, Thursday, March 8. Bookings at

THE ACT Branch of the Pharmacy Guild has secured Canberran Caitlin Figueiredo as guest speaker at its International Women’s Day dinner. The  night will celebrate women in the workplace, including Caitlin, who, among her many achievements, is the youngest member of the UN’s Inter-Agency Task Force for Youth Development.

Onred Restaurant, Red Hill Lookout, 7pm-10pm, Thursday, March 8. Bookings to


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