International Women's Day

International Women's Day (8 March) is a global day to celebrate the achievements of women and recognise the need for gender equality.

International Women's Day (IWD), 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.

IWD is about women's equality in all its forms. For some, IWD is about fighting for women's rights or reinforcing key commitments. For others it means celebrating success through festive gatherings and parties. All choices are valid and can contribute to the thriving global movement focused on women's advancement.

For more details visit the UN Women Australia's website.

International Women's Day 2023

For IWD 2023, we are celebrating the theme #CrackingTheCode. You can read more about the theme and use #CrackingTheCode online to show your support.

This year we are excited to present broadcaster, presenter and producer Namila Benson as the keynote speaker at the Molly Hadfield Social Justice Oration, an event which honours the social justice advocacy of Molly Hadfield OAM.

Join us at Preston City Hall on Wednesday 15 March for this fabulous event, being held as part of this year’s FUSE Autumn festival in partnership with The Wheeler Centre. There will also be performances and art from Darebin’s diverse artistic community.

This event is Auslan Interpreted and wheelchair accessible.

To find out more and register visit

This is a free event but registration is essential.

In support of International Women’s Day (IWD), Darebin Libraries have curated a range of empowering resources book lists that focus on challenging stereotypes, and promoting strong girls and women, gender equity and respectful relationships.

You can find the booklists below:

Celebrating IWD is just one of the ways Council supports and celebrates women in the community. Darebin has a longstanding 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