What’s on: International Women’s Day 2016

What does it meant to be a woman in 2016?

International Women’s Day (IWD) takes place next week on March 8. It provides an opportunity to get together and reflect on this very question. The official site recognises that the day means different things to different people, they are:

  • an opportunity to recognise and be grateful for progress to date
  • a wake up call to recognise how much further we have to go ourselves
  • a call to action to facilitate change whether that’s for ourselves or other women.

Have you made plans for IWD? Here’s a look at events on in Melbourne:


International Women’s Day Forum

Presented by marie claire and MIMCO as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) program for 2016.

Start the day with this morning panel featuring some dynamic identities who will explore and celebrate this day over breakfast. Priced from $89, all ticket holders will receive the latest complimentary magazine and a MIMCO gift valued at $59.95.

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Natasha Stott Despoja, Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls
  • Cathryn Wills, Managing & Creative Director, MIMCO
  • Sarah Ferguson, Journalist, ABC News
  • Melissa Barbieri, Ex-captain Matilda’s Soccer Team, International Soccer Player and Goalkeeper, Melbourne Victory

Hosted by Jackie Frank, Group Publisher – Fashion & Health Titles, Pacific Magazines
Co-Hosted by Nicky Briger, Editor, marie claire

Price: $89+
Tickets here: http://vamff.com.au/event/international-womens-day-forum/


The Great Debate

Hosted by Australian Institute of Management (AIM)

The Australian Institute of Management (AIM) host an annual Great Debate which takes place simultaneously across Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. This year’s topic is ‘Men and Women – Equal at Last’ and will be debated by teams featuring both men and women.

  • Sue Maslin, Adjunct Professor of the School of Media & Communication, RMIT University, Patron of Women In Film and Television Victoria and President of the Natalie Miller Fellowship
  • Commander Stacey Porter RAN FAIM, Commander Porter assumed command of Naval Headquarters – Tasmania in 2013
  • Bernard Salt FAIM, Social commentator and writer
  • Colleen Pearce, appointed Victoria’s fourth Public Advocate, she is also a member of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, Connecting Home and the Wintringham Board
  • Ken Parry, Professor of Leadership Studies and co-Director of the Deakin Leadership Centre at Deakin University
  • Eleanor Jackson, Chief of Peril Magazine,Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer, cyclist, writer, gal about town, feminist, freewheeler, and friend.

Price: Members: $175 / Non-members: $199
Tickets here: http://pages.aim.com.au/iwd-2016

Note: Another event I was going to mention is the lunch with Rosie Batty being held by the wonderful team at BusinessChicks however they have already sold-out.

Evening Seminar

Women in Leadership

Hosted by NGV in conjunction with the NGV Business Council.


What inspires today’s female leaders? What is unique about their leadership approach?

To celebrate International Women’s Day, four leading Australian women from the fields of art and business will share insights on leadership, creativity and inspiration with host Amanda Smith, ABC Radio National broadcaster.


  • Professor Gillian Triggs, President, Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Gillian Armstrong, Film Director
  • Kate Vidgen, Senior Managing Director, Global Head of Principal Investments, Resources Group Macquarie Capital


Janet Whiting AM, President, NGV Council of Trustees

Price: $16 M / $20 A / $18 C
Tickets here: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/women-in-leadership/


International Women’s Day Drinks

Women in the creative industries are invited to the Creative Women’s Circle International Women’s Day Drinks.

Free for members and non-members, it’s the opportunity to mingle and have a casual drink with other creative women.

Tickets here: www.creativewomenscircle.com.au/events/

All Day

Hosted by community radio station 3CR

Tune in to community radio station 3CR on 855AM from midnight Monday to midnight Tuesday to hear 24 hour of women’s voices, archival specials, music, current affairs, and much more. The station is proud of the feminist focus of its programmes which include a unique women only policy for training radio technicians.


How will you be celebrating International Women’s Day?

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