International Women's Day

International Women's Day (8 March) is a global, annual day that celebrates the achievements of women and recognises the need for gender equality.

International Women's Day, celebrated annually on 8 March, is a day when individuals, organisations and governments around the world celebrate the social, cultural and political achievements of women. It's also as a day to raise awareness and take action against gender-based discrimination and violence.

For more details visit the International Women's Day website.

International Women's Day 2022

This year, the main event in Darebin’s International Women’s Day calendar is the Molly Hadfield Social Justice Oration, as part of FUSE Autumn’s Opening Event on March 11. The event is held in recognition of respected Darebin resident and activist Molly Hadfield OAM, in what would have been her 100th birthday!

IWD is about celebrating and increasing visibility of women. It is about calling out inequality and making a commitment to create a world that is more inclusive. This year’s oration will explore Molly’s life and activism as well as touching on themes and stories from Yumi’s own life and career.

In support of this, Darebin Libraries have curated a variety of resources that have the potential to empower all of us including an interactive online storytime for kids on March 11, and book lists that focus on challenging stereotypes and promoting strong girls and women, gender equity and respectful relationships. Register for the storytime.

You can find the booklists below:

Celebrating IWD is just one of the ways Council supports and celebrates women in the municipality. Darebin has a long-standing commitment to equity and inclusion, and is committed to advancing women’s equal participation, inclusion and recognition in community life. Gender equity as a goal is reflected in Council’s advocacy work, organisational strategies and policies.

More information

Contact Council's Gender Equity Officer: or call 03 8470 8498