Each year the 8th of March provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress women have made towards equality, to celebrate those who have led the way and to unite behind a commitment to continue to pursue meaningful change.

For this year’s staff events we have chosen to adopt the United Nations’ IWD theme, Generation Equality. Generation Equality is a call to action to join forces across generations, to create a new vision where every girl and woman has equal opportunities to lead, to learn, to earn a decent living and to live lives free from violence and discrimination.

Other events will celebrate the Each for Equal theme. This campaign is drawn from the notion of ‘collective individualism’: We are all parts of a whole. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviours and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society. Collectively, we can make change happen. Collectively, we can each help to create a gender equal world.

Selection of events

As a proud supporter of International Women's Day the University community is hosting an extensive calendar of events on and off-campus.


Radical Women of Newcastle display

Until April 7

An IWD display is currently in the Auchmuty Library Level 2 Corridor. Curated by the Library Special Collections Team.​​​​​​


I am Generation Equality - Morning Tea

The University of Newcastle is hosting several morning tea events across the Callaghan, Ourimbah, Sydney and Port Macquarie campuses.


IWD Poetry Salon

Women and non-binary readers will be reading either their own poetry or another writer's work, in an inclusive and welcoming environment.


All About Women – Maitland

Maitland Town Hall will be live streaming three All About Women headline sessions from Sydney Opera House.


All About Women – Ourimbah

Our Ourimbah campus will also be live streaming from the Sydney Opera House.


Each for Equal IWD Celebration

Join NUSA for a free BBQ, activities, info stalls and a dance performance to celebrate International Women’s Day.


2020 Empowerment and Leadership Workshops

Running across March 11th, 17th and 19th

Let these three empowerment and leadership workshop activity ideas inspire you to achieve your professional and personal goals.


NUPSA - Women in Leadership workshop

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’ve organised an all-day workshop featuring five exceptional leaders in government, academia and industry, who’ll share their professional experiences, give tips and advice on skill-building and career advancement, and answer any questions you may have.


Creating your own journey in Engineering

In celebration of International Women's Day we invite you to our morning tea with the amazing, Professor Elizabeth Croft.