International Women's Day

Events and activities to celebrate International Women’s Day 2022 are occurring across the Northern Territory.

The United Nations theme for International Women’s Day in 2022 is Changing Climates: Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow, a theme that recognises the contribution of women and girls around the world who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all.

The hashtag theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #BreaktheBias highlighting that we are all responsible for our own thoughts and actions, and actively calling out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping when we see it in our society.

Grants

The Office of Gender Equity and Diversity provides grants each year to support activities, projects and celebrations for International Women’s Day across the Northern Territory. Grants open in October and close in November each year.

To read more about International Women’s Day grants eligibility and how to apply, go to the Northern Territory Government website.

Events

Check out all of the events happening near you on the 2022 International Women’s Day calendar of events.

Friday 4 March
No Woman Left Behind Conference

Time: 8:30am to 4:45pm
Venue: DoubleTree By Hilton, 122 The Esplanade, Darwin
Organisation: forrestPR
Contact: Bec Forrest, Event Coordinator
Phone: 0499 444 029
admin@nooneleftbehind.com.au
Register: trybooking website

Friday 4 March
International Women's Day Belong lunch

Time: 12:30pm to 3pm
Venue: Wharf One Food and Wine, 19 Kitchener Drive, Darwin
Organisation: Belong Group
hello@belonggroup.com.au
Register: Belong Group website
RSVP is essential as limited tickets left

Saturday 5 March
Darwin IWD walk and celebrations

Time:
8:30am - gather at venue
9am - walk commences
10am - celebrations at Parliament House
Venue: Meet at Civic Centre Courtyard, Harry Chan Avenue, Darwin
Organisation: United Nations Association of Australia Northern Territory and City of Darwin
Contact:
Heather - City of Darwin
darwin@darwin.nt.gov.au
Kate - UNAANT
nt@unaa.org.au

Saturday 5 March
International Women’s Day off-road moto event

Equal visibility and participation for women in motorsport

Time: 9am to 12noon, followed by community BBQ and fundraiser
Venue: Meet behind Northern Transportables on Stuart Highway Pinelands behind the old RAAF Houses
Organisation: Darwin Motorcycle Club
Contact: Kate Raymond
kate.raymond@gmail.com
Register: Ridernet website

Saturday 5 March
Interaction on Success and Gender Equity

Time: 4:30pm to 7pm
Venue: Charles Darwin University, CDU Casuarina Campus, Blue 05.1.01, Ellengowan Drive, Casuarina
Organisation: Non-Resident Nepali Association of Northern Territory
Contact: Shiva Ram Poudel
Phone: 0430 875 280

Saturday 5 March
IWD Parade and BBQ with guest speakers

Time: 5pm to 10pm
Venue: Meet at Baluria Street, Beach Access and March to Cloppenburg Park via Dalmeny Street
Organisation: Wagait Shire Council
Contact:
Fiona Carter or Pam Wanrooy
Phone: 08 8978 5185
council@wagait.nt.gov.au
RSVP: Wednesday 2 March

Sunday 6 March
International Women’s Day debate and discussion

Time: 10am to 1pm
Venue: Harmony Hall, 44 Patterson Street, Malak
Organisation: The Tamil Society NT
Contact: Shanthi
Phone: 0400 313 130
tamilsocietynt@gmail.com
RSVP by 25 February for catering

Sunday 6 March
Of Birds and Stars - Women and Country

The music of women composers

Time: 5pm to 6:15pm
Venue: Supreme Court Foyer, State Square, Darwin
Organisation: Arafura Music Collective
Contact: Claire Kilgariff
Phone: 0401 119 108
arafuramusiccollective@iinet.net.au
Register: trybooking website
Ticket bookings are essential

Tuesday 8 March
IWD 2022 and Women of Palmerston Photography Exhibition launch

Time: 10am to 11:30am
Venue: Palmerston Recreation Centre, 11 The Boulevard, Palmerston
Organisation: City of Palmerston
Contact: Alyssa
Phone: 08 8935 9926
Register: Eventbrite website

Tuesday 8 March
Territory Women panel for IWD 2022 at Darwin Innovation Hub

Time: 12noon to 2pm, catering starts at 11:30am
Venue: Darwin Innovation Hub, Level 1, 48-50 Smith Street, Darwin
Organisation: Darwin Innovation Hub
Contact: Mimi
Phone: 08 8943 0638
media@darwininnovationhub.com.au
Register: Eventbrite website
RSVP essential for catering purposes, event is free

Tuesday 8 March
United Nations Association International Women’s Day lunch

Time: 12noon to 2pm
Venue: Il Piato Restaurant, Mindil Casino Resort, Gilruth Avenue, Darwin
Organisation: United Nations Association Australia - NT Division
Contact: nt@unaa.org.au
Register: Eventbrite website
Bookings are essential

Tuesday 8 March
Gender equity in the Australian music industry online discussion with IWD panellists

Panellists:
Dr Bianca Fileborn (University of Melbourne)
Donna Velia Woods (First Nations Media Australia)
Emily Collins (Music NSW)
Xavia Nou (Artist)
Time: 12:30pm
Venue: Virtual Online Discussion
Organisation: MusicNT
Contact: Shauna Upton
Register: MusicNT Facebook page

Tuesday 8 March
Women’s Weaving Circle with Norma Benger

Time: 1pm to 3pm
Venue: Palmerston Recreation Centre, 11 The Boulevard, Palmerston
Organisation: City of Palmerston
Contact : Alyssa
Phone: 08 8935 9926
Register: Eventbrite website

Tuesday 8 March
International Women’s Day 2022

Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Venue: Charles Darwin University, CDU Campus - Red Mal Nairn Auditorium, Ellengowan Drive, Casuarina
Organisation: Bangladesh Student Association
Contact: Shayon Saha
Phone: 0482 057 400
Bookings essential

Wednesday 9 March
Cultural Fusion of Fashion, Food and Dance

Time: 11am to 1:30pm
Venue: Palmerston Recreation Centre, 11 The Boulevard, Palmerston
Organisation: STEPS Group Training
Contact: Yvonne Coleman
Phone: 0427 035 633
yvonnec@stepsgroup.com.au
Register: Eventbrite website
RSVP is essential

Thursday 10 March
IWD Community Gaming Day

Time: 3:30pm to 6pm
Venue: Palmerston Recreation Centre, 11 The Boulevard, Palmerston
Organisation: City of Palmerston / PaRBA
Contact: PaRBA - Level Up Esports
Phone: 0499 908 353
Register: Eventbrite website

Friday 11 March
IWD Community Forum - Break the Bias

This is a free event

Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Venue: City of Palmerston Library, Goyder Square, Palmerston
Organisation: City of Palmerston
Contact: City of Palmerston Library
Phone: 08 8935 9999
Register: Eventbrite website

Friday 11 March
NT National Trust: NOT - TRIVIAL ‘Herstory’ quiz night

Time: 5:30pm to 8pm
Venue: NT National Trust Audit House, 2 Burnett Place, Larrakeyah
Organisation: National Trust of Australia NT
Phone: 08 8981 2848
office@ntnationaltrust.org.au
Cost: $120 for a table of 6
Register: National Trust website

Saturday 12 March
Multicultural Women's parade and lunch

Time: 11am to 1pm
Venue: Harmony Hall, 44 Patterson Street, Malak
Organisation: Multicultural Council of the NT
Contact: Dr Edwin Joseph
admin@mcnt.org.au

Saturday 12 March
International Women's Day celebration

Theme: Gender equality, my place and pride as a woman
Time: 3pm
Venue: C3 Church, 62 Patterson Street, Malak
Organisation: Ogbako Ndi Igbo NT (ONINTA)
Contact: Rita Ativie
Phone: 0478 167 933

Sunday 13 March
All about Women

Satellite event (live-streamed from Sydney)

Time: 12:45pm to 6pm
Venue: Darwin City Library, Civic Centre, Harry Chan Avenue, Darwin
Organisation: Darwin City Libraries
Register: Eventbrite website

Sunday 13 March
Challenge with Purpose

Time: 7pm
Venue: Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus Blue 2A, Ellengowan Drive, Casuarina
Organisation: United Muslims of Northern Territory
Contact: Maryam Razi
Phone: 08 8900 7544
maryam@umnt.org.au

Saturday 19 March
International Women’s Day Gala Dinner 2022
Migrant Women Achievement Award 2022

Time: 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Venue: Grand Ballroom, Mindil Beach Casino Resort, Gilruth Avenue, Darwin
Organisation: Ausiana Event Organizer and Global Labour Solutions
Contact: Linda Reeves
Phone: 0432 546 028
ausiana.nt@gmail.com
Register: trybooking website

Saturday 19 March
Togetherness. Celebrating women’s resilience in a COVID-19 world

Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Venue: Vietnamese Community Centre, 6 Earhart Court, Marrara
Organisation: Vietnamese Community in Australia - NT Chapter Inc
Contact: Ms Phuong Le, Public Officer
Phone: 0412 031 626
phuong7186@gmail.com

Get a printable version of the Darwin and Palmerston region calendar of events PDF (248.1 KB).

Saturday 5 March
Equal Futures - an International Women’s Day fair

Family community event, live music, panel and more

Time: 5pm to 8pm
Venue: Women’s Museum of Australia, 2 Stuart Terrace, Alice Springs
Organisation:
Women’s Museum of Australia
Phone: 08 8952 9006
operations@pioneerwomen.com.au

Tuesday 8 March
IWD breakfast

Time: 7:30am to 9am
Venue: Double Tree by Hilton, 82 Barrett Drive, Alice Springs
Organisation: Women’s Museum of Australia Inc
Contact: Portia Peterkin
Phone: 08 8952 9006
admin@wmoa.com.au
Register: Eventbrite website
RSVP essential

Tuesday 8 March
International Women’s Day celebrations

Time: 9am to 3pm
Venue: Pmara Jutunta Community
Organisation:
Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation
Contact: Sharijn
Phone: 08 8953 4488

Tuesday 8 March
Gender equity in the Australian music industry online discussion with IWD panellists

Panellists:
Dr Bianca Fileborn (University of Melbourne)
Donna Velia Woods (First Nations Media Australia)
Emily Collins (Music NSW)
Xavia Nou (Artist)
Time: 12:30pm
Venue: Virtual Online Discussion
Organisation: MusicNT
Contact: Shauna Upton
Register: MusicNT Facebook page

Tuesday 8 March
Central Australia Feminist Icons International Women’s Day t-shirt sale

Time: 11am to 2pm
Venue: Tangentyere Artists
Organisation: Tangentyere and the Equality Institute
Contact: Carmel Simpson
Phone: 0411 955 837
carmel.simpson@tangentyere.org.au
RegisterTangentyere Artists Facebook page

Tuesday 8 March
Celebrating Women in Tennant Creek - sharing music, food and stories

Time: 5pm
Venue: The Refuge ‘Peace Garden’
Organisation: Tennant Creek Women’s Refuge

Tuesday 8 March
High tea - International Women’s Day Tennant Creek

Time: 10am to 12noon
Venue: Jajjikari Café Nyinka Nyinyu
Organisation: Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation
Contact:
Deb
Phone: 0400 128 271
Jacqulin
Phone: 0408 381 118

Saturday 12 March
Celebrating Civilizational Contribution of Women

Time: 7pm onwards
Venue: Community Hall, 101 Lyndavale Drive Larapinta / Araluen Arts Centre, 61 Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs
Organisation:
Alice Springs Islamic Society
Contact: Waheed Husain
Prior notification for participation is required to asis.alice@hotmail.com

Get a printable version of the Alice Springs and Alice Springs region calendar of events PDF (196.3 KB).

Tuesday 1 March
International Women’s Day placard / sign and t-shirt decoration workshops

Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Venue: KRA Open Studio, 19 Second Street, Katherine - enter via O’Shea Terrace
Organisation: Katherine Regional Arts Inc
Contact: Jacinta
Phone: 0488 999 901
Bring shirt / hat / frock

Tuesday 8 March
IWD walk and painting signs

Time:
5pm - meet at Ryan Park for painting signs
5:45pm - IWD walk across railway bridge
Katie Oliver and KRA Choir to perform and speeches
Venue: Meet at Ryan Park, Katherine South
Organisation: Katherine Regional Arts Inc
Contact:
Jacinta
Phone:
0488 999 901

Tuesday 8 March
Gender equity in the Australian music industry online discussion with IWD panellists

Panellists:
Dr Bianca Fileborn (University of Melbourne)
Donna Velia Woods (First Nations Media Australia)
Emily Collins (Music NSW)
Xavia Nou (Artist)
Time: 12:30pm
Venue: Virtual Online Discussion
Organisation: MusicNT
Contact: Shauna Upton
Register: MusicNT Facebook page

Thursday 10 March
Walk through / talk of Merrepen Arts

‘We are Strong Women’ exhibition with Cathy Laudenbach and senior women artists from Daly River

Time: 5pm to 5:45pm
Venue: Godinmayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre, diagonally opposite Puma, Lot 3238 Stuart Hwy, Katherine East
Organisation: Katherine Regional Cultural Precinct (Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre)
Contact: Robert
Phone: 08 8972 3751
shop@gyracc.org.au
More information: Godinmayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre website

Thursday 10 March
Exhibition opening IWD ‘Women of Kath-Ryne’ and Merrepen Arts

Time: 6pm to 8pm
Venue:
Godinmayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre, diagonally opposite Puma, Lot 3238 Stuart Hwy, Katherine East
Organisation: 
Katherine Regional Cultural Precinct (Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre)
Contact: 
Robert
Phone: 08 8972 3751
shop@gyracc.org.au
More information: Godinmayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre website
RSVP required if a group of more than 10 people attending the exhibition opening.

Friday 11 March to 21 April
Women of Kath-Ryne celebrating IWD

Time:
9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
9am to 2pm, Saturday
Venue: Godinmayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre, diagonally opposite Puma, Lot 3238 Stuart Hwy, Katherine East
Organisation: 
Katherine Regional Cultural Precinct (Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre)
Contact: 
Robert
Phone: 08 8972 3751
shop@gyracc.org.au
More information: Godinmayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre website

Friday 11 March to 21 April
Merrepen Arts ‘We are Strong Women’

Time:
9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
9am to 2pm, Saturday
Venue: Godinmayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre, diagonally opposite Puma, Lot 3238 Stuart Hwy, Katherine East
Organisation: 
Katherine Regional Cultural Precinct (Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre)
Contact: 
Robert
Phone: 08 8972 3751
shop@gyracc.org.au
More information: Godinmayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre website

Get a printable version of the Katherine and Big Rivers region calendar of events PDF (217.1 KB).

Tuesday 8 March
IWD Break the Bias Video Launch

Time: 11am for 11:30am start
Venue: Buku- Larrnggay Mulka Centre (Yirrkala Arts Centre), 138 Tuffin Road, Yirrkala
Organisation: East Arnhem Regional Council, Anglicare, Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation, Gumatj Corporation Ltd, NTAFL, Anglicare. North East Arnhem Aboriginal Land Aboriginal Corporation (NEAL/YBE)
Contact: Tia Roko
Phone: 0428 419 349
tia.roko@eastarnhem.nt.gov.au
RSVP essential

Tuesday 8 March - Gapuwiyak
IWD - lunch / afternoon tea, weaving / craft and Cooking

Time: 11am
Venue: Lot 185 Gapuwiyak Rec Hall, Gapuwiyak
Organisation: East Arnhem Regional Council
Contact: Josh Eldridge
Phone: 0429 075 451
josh.eldridge@eastarnhem.nt.gov.au

Tuesday 8 March
Gender equity in the Australian music industry online discussion with IWD panellists

Panellists:
Dr Bianca Fileborn (University of Melbourne)
Donna Velia Woods (First Nations Media Australia)
Emily Collins (Music NSW)
Xavia Nou (Artist)
Time: 12:30pm
Venue: Virtual Online Discussion
Organisation: MusicNT
Contact: Shauna Upton
Register: MusicNT Facebook page

Saturday 12 March
Ramingining

Rammo women's day

Time: 12noon
Venue: East Arnhem Regional Council
Organisation:
East Arnhem Regional Council
Contact: James Kent
james.kent@eastarnhem.nt.gov.au

Sunday 13 March - Galiwin’ku International Women’s Day 2022 - beach movie and women’s awards

Time: 4pm
Venue: Beach Camp, Galiwin’ku
Organisation: East Arnhem Regional Council
Contact:
Evellena Wanambi
Phone: 0439 310 695
evellena.wanambi@eastarnhem.nt.gov.au
Denholm Lappas
Phone: 0438 838 332
denholm.lappas@eastarnhem.nt.gov.au

History of International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) 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 IWD 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 IWD 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 strengthened over time with International Women’s Day events spreading across Australia. IWD 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 IWD 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.

Each year, UN Women Australia releases an International Women’s Day theme, read more about it on the UN Women Australia website.


Last updated: 08 March 2022

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