I am Woman!


We all have women we love, whether it’s our mothers, our sisters, our daughters or our friends. We wouldn’t be here without them and they make our lives whole with their care, their creativity and, in most cases, their cooking! International Women’s Day is an international day of celebration that takes place every year on the 8th of March. It commemorates the achievements of women all over the world while continuing to call for global gender parity. If you’d like to take part in International Women’s Day, here’s some events taking place in Melbourne:


Melbourne International Women’s Day Breakfast

Australia’s largest celebration of International Women’s Day, the Melbourne International Women’s Day Breakfast is hosted by the UN Women National Committee Australia every year. MC’d by Tracey Spicer, author, journalist, TV presenter and co-founder of Women in Media, this year’s breakfast promises to be an informative and inspiring event. Panellists include Smriti Aryal, UN Women’s Regional Advisor for Humanitarian Respons and Resilienve Building, and Hiba Qasas, Chief of the Crisis Prevention Preparedness and Response of UN Women based in Geneva.


The Melbourne International Women’s Day Breakfast is on the 7th of March 2018, 7am – 9am at Melbourne Park Function Centre (Batman Ave, Melbourne). Tickets available here: https://purchase.humanitix.com.au/en-AU/events/melbourne%20international%20women's%20day%20breakfast/2018-3-7_7.00/melbourne%20park%20function%20centre?hallmap


 IML International Women’s Day Great Debate

If you’re looking for something a little more light-hearted, head to the International Women’s Day Great Debate. Now in its 20th year, the Great Debate offers an afternoon of entertainment from a group of six high profile who will debate the iconic feminist slogan, ‘the future is female’. Jane Caro, author, journalist and social commentator, will be on hand as MC to keep the debate on-track.


The IML International Women’s Day Great Debate is on the 8th of March, 2018, 12pm – 2:30pm at the RACV City Club (501 Bourke St, Melbourne). Tickets available here: https://iml.eventsair.com/iml-international-womens-great-debate---melbourne/waitlist/Site/Register


MAA 1000 Women, 1000 Futures Lunch Launch

Though women have come a long way, there’s still more we can do to help empower women to pursue their dreams and take ownership of their future. The 1000 Women, 1000 Futures (TWTF) campaign is a Muslim Aid Australia (MAA) initiative, which will be launched in Melbourne at a lunch event in conjunction with International Women’s Day. The initiative aims to raise funds which will be gifted in $1,000 grants to women in developing countries whose families are victims of poverty, war, or natural disaster to help them set up small businesses. This event is a female-only event (sorry, gents!)

The MAA 1000 Women, 1000 Futures Lunch Launch will take place on the 8th of March 2018, 11am at Darebin Arts Centre. For tickets call: +61421491486.

Women, Light the Way Art Exhibition

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Box Hill Community Arts Centre will be displaying Women, Light the Way, an exhibition of art by female artists that celebrate creativity and joie de vivre. Using a range of mixed media, the works will showcase how a woman’s view can change the world. You’ll also have an opportunity to meet the artists on Thursday 8th of March.

Women, Light the Way can be viewed from 6th – 25th March 2018, Mon – Friday 9am – 5pm at Box Hill Community Arts Centre (470 Station Street Box Hill).

Antonella Morelli