IWD 2020

Like Christmas for feminists, IWD is here again, and throughout Australia there are loads of events happening to celebrate the achievements of women, as well as protest the inequalities that women across the globe still face.

Whether you’re in the mood to be inspired and educated, protest and march, or have fun and celebrate, there are events happening all across Australia that cater for exactly what you want your IWD 2020 to look like.


IWD Seeker Lover Keeper Concert Headlined by Sarah Blasko, Holly Throsby and Sally Seltmann as Seeker Lover Keeper, and featuring Kaitt, Moaning Lisa and Shoeb Ahmad! With genres spanning indie, grunge, jazz and pop, this Canberra-exclusive concert promises to celebrate the best of Australian music.

Feminist passion at crossroads? Join Broad Agenda for a conversation between Virginia Haussegger AM and Natasha Stott-Despoja AO, one of Australia’s most successful women leaders and political pioneers.


All About Women is full of talks, panels and workshops. Hear from remarkable thinkers as they discuss the latest thinking on gender, power, history, justice and technology.

State Library of NSW To celebrate International Women’s Day 2020, this curator-led tour will showcase how women are portrayed in the art of the Library’s collections and the way women’s lives have been captured in Australian history. (Free!)

The Best & Worst Countries for Women: Measuring Equality with the WPS Index Join the Institute for Global Development’s conversation on the findings of the second edition of the Global Women Peace & Security Index, which ranks countries on women’s comprehensive wellbeing and analyses trends in gender equality.

Women of Australian Distilling – International Women’s Day Lunch Help celebrate women’s achievements in the emerging Australian craft distilling industry!

UNSW Medicine International Women’s Day Panel Event 2020 This event brings together outstanding women who are making an impact in the field of medicine.

Address by Sally Rugg for International Women’s Day An equal world is an enabled world. How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality. Join Sally Rugg for a discussion on how individual actions, conversations, behaviours and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society.


IWD Brisbane/Meanjin, Women’s Liberation 2020 Conference This conference will feature a range of speakers talking on issues of vital importance to women’s liberation.

2020 QRC/WIMARQ International Women’s Day Breakfast Featuring a keynote address from Katarina Carroll, Queensland’s first female Police Commissioner in the service’s 159-year history. This event is targeted towards people working in Queensland’s resources sector.

Telling Stories – Body Image MyFathers Daughter and South Pacific Women in Network are hosting an International Women’s Day Panel Event discussing Body Image.

New Woman exhibition and High Tea Join Art Lovers Australia celebrating International Women’s Day with a guided tour of Museum of Brisbane’s New Woman exhibition followed by a decadent High Tea.

Free Yoga Womenspace and Art of Living are bringing two free yoga sessions to celebrate International Women’s Day and Queensland Women’s Week. This yoga session is gentle and restorative. All levels welcome.


Inspiring South Australian Women IWD Luncheon features a panel on Australian women and poverty with Louise Miller Frost, Dr Barbara Pocock and Tammy Barton.

Business Chicks IWD breakfast Over breakfast, hear from three women who have fundamentally changed the world we live in; each one lifting all of us up to live in a more equal society: Susan Alberti, Sam Bloom and Amna Karra-Hassan.


Women’s Museum of Australia International Women’s Day Breakfast A collaborative event involving service provision services on Friday 6 March and the annual IWD breakfast on Monday 9 March, discussing issues relevant to women.

City of Darwin’s 2020 International Women’s Day Walk and Celebrations UN Association of Australia NT Division, along with the City of Darwin, NT Government Office of Gender Equity and Diversity and Trafficwerx NT are hosting the 2020 International Women’s Day Walk and Celebrations in Civic Park Darwin CBD.

No Women Left Behind Conference returns to the Darwin Entertainment Centre. The 2020 event will focus on supporting young people and empowering ourselves to be better parents, colleagues, friends and overall human beings. 


#EachforEqual: International Women’s Day Forum Join a panel of Tasmanian women leaders to discuss this year’s IWD theme: An equal world is an enabled world, or #EachforEqual.

Tasmanian Government IWD event directory Tasmania has an awesome selection of events in celebration of International Women’s Day! From pilates classes and market stalls, to gala dinners and craft sessions.


Lowy Institute, Women’s activism in an era of protest Last year saw a surge of civil unrest across the globe so widespread that 2019 has been dubbed ‘the year of the street protestor’. Join the Lowy Institute at the NGV for a discussion about the effect women’s activism is having around the world.

The voice of women is a revolution: Women in the Middle East’s uprisings A panel comprising a brilliant set of new researchers who will provide insight into their innovative take on pressing issues facing women in the Middle East.

Sanam Maher in Conversation with Dr Jessamy Gleeson Sanam Maher is a journalist based in Karachi, Pakistan whose work has covered stories on Pakistan’s art and culture, business, politics, religious minorities and women. Meet Sanam in conversation with feminist activist, and FWF Board member Dr Jessamy Gleeson.

IWD Picnic with Candy Bowers & The Big Feminist Sing Bring a plate & join the extraordinary Candy Bowers for dinner. Candy is an award-winning writer, actor, social-activist, comedian & producer; pioneer of a fierce sub-genre of hip hop theatre delving into the heart of radical feminist dreaming.

League of Extraordinary Women IWD Panel The Power of the Pivot: a panel discussion showcasing female leaders who have embraced change in order to find their true purpose.

International Women’s Day: Equality and its impact on women’s mental health The Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council will host a morning tea discussing ‘Equality and its impact on women’s mental health.’

International Sisterhood Workshop The Migrant Workers Centre will celebrate International Women’s Day 2020 with an International Sisterhood Workshop. Migrant women from any cultural background are welcome to join in this celebration and conversation on migrant women’s work rights.


Sparkling High Tea Join the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence for a fundraising high tea, with proceeds going to women and children making a fresh start from domestic abuse.

Networking Breakfast A morning networking breakfast plus a panel discussion featuring three inspiring leaders, role models and mentors – Justine Colyer, Julian Pace and Tillie Prowse – reflecting on how to create change and progress gender equity from the workplace to the boardroom.

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