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.

In 2021, we will celebrate the United Nations’ theme Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world. This theme juxtaposes the pivotal role women have played in effective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet women continue to be significantly under-represented in parliaments and C-suites.

The University of Newcastle is a signatory to the tertiary education sector’s Joint Statement on ‘Preserving Gender Equity as a Higher Education Priority During and After COVID-19’.

Video: View our reflections on Generation Equality, the theme of IWD 2020

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.

25
Feb

International Women's Day Living Histories Exhibit

Exhibition running until 1 April

The International Women's Day 2021 exhibition, with images sourced by researcher Jude Conway, can be viewed in the Level 2 of the Auchmuty Library, near Special Collections.

5
Mar

Central Coast Festival of Women

Events happening on 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13 and 17 March

The University is a partner in the Central Coast Festival of Women. You can view their schedule of events on their Facebook page.

7
Mar

All About Women - Maitland

East Maitland Library will be live streaming from the Sydney Opera House. Associate Professor Trisha Pender will be facilitating discussion between panels.

8
Mar

Women in Leadership - Morning Tea

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

8
Mar

Musical Event: NUspace Courtyard

Enjoy Megan Galloway performing with her band “Argus” from 11.50am till 12.50pm, followed by a brief address from A/Prof. Helen English ADEDI and Tory Curran MBA student from 12.50 – 1.00pm.

8
Mar

The Making of Modern Leaders (and why we need to make more) - HASS Panel

Join the School of Humanities and Social Science for a live-streamed discussion about leadership for our times – what does good leadership look and sound like? Why do we need to prioritise the growing of future leaders? What is the role of women in leadership in 2021?

8
Mar

Celebrate IWD at Park on the Hill

From 11.00am – 2.00pm students (and staff) are invited to enjoy a free BBQ, activities, info stalls and a dance performance to celebrate International Women’s Day.

8
Mar

Story Sharing and Community Building Session

International students and women partners of men that are studying are invited to join this session at the Club House (Callaghan campus) which will include Dr Kcasey McLoughlin, Senior Lecturer at Newcastle Law School, sharing her story and work.

8
Mar

Online Story Sharing and Community Building Session

International students and women partners of men that are studying are invited to join this Zoom session which will include Professor Margaret Alston from the School of Humanities and Social Science, sharing her story and work.

8
Mar

Kick on for Women program

Join Northern NSW Football from 3.30 – 4.30pm at Oval 4 for a demonstration of their ‘Kick on for Women” program. This is a female-only football program which currently runs in Newcastle, Fletcher, Speers Point, Garden Suburb and Swansea, and is subsidised by Sport AUS.

8
Mar

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.

10
Mar

Women in STEM Leadership – CESE Panel

Inspired by the documentary film, Picture a Scientist, the College of Engineering, Science and Environment panel will share thoughts, experiences and ideas around the challenges for women in STEM.

10
Mar

Women to the Front - The Clarendon Hotel

This free event recognises and highlights women, transgender and gender diverse musicians and performers who are all current University of Newcastle students. Headlining the night are the Uni’s 2020 Band Comp Winners - Viragos!

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.