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’.
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.
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.
East Maitland Library will be live streaming from the Sydney Opera House. Associate Professor Trisha Pender will be facilitating discussion between panels.
The University of Newcastle is hosting several morning tea events across the Callaghan, Ourimbah, Sydney and Port Macquarie campuses.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Women and non-binary readers will be reading either their own poetry or another writer's work, in an inclusive and welcoming environment.
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.
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.