10+ events to celebrate International Women’s Day in Canberra | HerCanberra

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Looking for something to do to commemorate and celebrate this International Women’s Day? Read on for your local guide.

From panel discussions to celebrations, luncheons, networking events, dinners and more, as the world comes together to celebrate this International Women’s Day (IWD) on Friday 8 March, in the lead up to the big day, Canberra is coming to life to celebrating the amazing women in our local community.

This year, the official United Nations theme is ‘Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress.’ Based on the priority theme for the United Nations 68th Commission on the Status of Women, the aim of Count Her In is to examine the pathways to greater economic inclusion for women and girls everywhere. Because without equal access to education, employment pathways, financial services, and literacy, how can we ever hope to reach gender equality?

Here are 10+ events you can attend in Canberra to celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness about discrimination, and create a world free of bias.

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Uncorked! International Women’s Day at Capitol Bar & Grill

It’s time to raise a glass to the women who have helped to put the Canberra Wine District on the map.

Celebrating four fabulous women behind some of the Canberra Wine Region’s most popular local wineries (Sapling Yard, Intrepidus Wines, Collector Wines, and Four Winds Vineyard), Capitol Bar & Grill is hosting a decadent three-course dinner as they share their career journeys (and the tasting notes of the harvests that put them on the map).

Joined by Sommelier Ashleigh Smith (who has handpicked each of the paired wines), a portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated to Karinya House, a local charity that helps women in Canberra and the surrounding regions by providing safety, shelter, and a positive support network. And as part of the night, you’ll also take home a goodie bag, which includes your very own mini HerCanberra x Canberra Distillery French Earl Grey Gin!

Friday 8 March, from 6 pm | Capitol Bar & Grill, 1 London Circuit, QT Canberra, Canberra City | Book here.

The Celebration of Women Market

Highlighting the amazing women in the Canberra community and all that they do, a local makers market is being held in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Run by women for women, on Sunday 3 March the Celebration of Women Market will be filling the halls of the Fitters Workshop in Kingston with 24 stalls selling beauty products, candles, pottery, food, art, and more. And unlike a cupcake and cup of tea in the office, this market has the power to create significant change in the lives of girls and women locally and globally. Read all about it here.

Sunday 3 March, 9.30 am – 2.30 pm | Fitters Workshop, Printer’s Way, Kingston | More information here.

Women In ICT – International Women’s Day Panel Lunch

Hungry to champion global inclusivity and amplify the investment in women in ICT? Book tickets for this empowering International Women’s Day panel lunch.

They’ll delve into a discussion around the UN IWD theme for 2024 with a remarkable panel of guest speakers (including Marjet Andriesse, Senior VP and GM APAC for RedHat; Amanda Cattermole, CEO of the Australian Digital Health Agency; and Isha Singhal, Board Member for the Youth Coalition of the ACT and Parliamentary Officer), and attendees will receive a two-course meal as well as the chance to meet and mingle with ICT leaders in Canberra!

Wednesday 6 March, 11.30 am – 2 pm | Old Parliament House, 18 National Circuit, Barton | Book here.

Louis Ladies Lunch

Acknowledge the remarkable achievements of women over a three-course lunch at Louis – Canberra’s fine dining darling.

Curated by Culinary Director Ben Willis, you’ll also enjoy a glass of champagne on arrival as you engage in meaningful conversations about International Women’s Day. $10 from each booking goes towards the UN Women, so as you indulge, you’ll also be honouring and celebrating the resilience and accomplishments of women.

Friday 8 March, from 12 pm | Ground Floor, 18 National Circuit, Barton | Book here.

Business Chicks International Women’s Day 2024

Celebrating all of the amazing things that women continue to achieve, Business Chicks International is bringing three incredible women to QT Canberra to share their stories.

You’ll hear Nartarsha Blamblett, Erika Cramer, and Azure Antoinette, talk about everything from confidence to inclusion – expect to hear some amazing talks and connect with some extraordinary women as you reflect on the past and reimagine the future.

Wednesday 6 March, 8 am – 10.30 am | QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit, Canberra City | Book here.

International Women’s Day Event – Just Breathe . . . Better

A welcome drink on arrival, a two-course dinner, and a lesson everyone needs: how to breathe better.

Join the Marymead Catholic Care Auxiliary for an unforgettable evening at their International Women’s Day dinner. This year the special guest Tess Graham will discuss the importance of proper breathing and how to improve your breathing with “Just Breathe … Better”.

Wednesday 6 March, from 6.30 pm | Statesman Hotel Corner Strangways and Theodore Streets, Curtin | Book here.

International Women’s Day Breakfast

Breakfast with a side of celebration, anyone?

This International Women’s Day head to Ainslie Football & Social Club to hear ACT Local Hero and Ngunnawal women Selina Walker talk about the importance of the day. And don’t forget to make an additional donation to MacKillop House – a place of safety for women and children!

Thursday 7 March, 7.30 am – 9 am | 52 Wakefield Avenue, Ainslie | Book here.

International Women’s Day Trivia Night

Test your knowledge of badass women this International Women’s Day.

Promising a fun-filled evening full of food, drinks, and plenty of laughs, this trivia night from the ACT Education Union will put you to the test with three rounds of questions focussing on pop culture, general knowledge, recent events, sport, history, and more! You might even learn a thing or two…

Thursday 7 March, 6 pm – 9 pm | 7 Leichhardt Street, Kingston | Book here.

International Women’s Day Panel: Economic Empowerment

Want to learn more about the impact and importance of economic empowerment? This is for you.

Join the conversation with women leaders in Law, Superannuation, the Social Enterprise sector, and the Community Sector at YWCA Canberra followed by a networking lunch. You’ll learn about the impact and importance of economic empowerment, as well as the ongoing challenges women have historically faced and continue to face. Want to do some good? This event is free but donations to the YWCA homelessness services are welcomed in place of the cost of a ticket.

Thursday 7 March, 11 am – 1 pm | Level 3/71 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City | Book here.

International Women’s Day Breakfast at 7th and Bake Patisserie Café

Looking for something more casual? How about a post-lake walk breakfast at 7th and Bake Patisserie Café?

Kick your morning off with an optional walk or run before grabbing your pre-ordered coffee and scrumptious breakfast (which includes croissants, breakfast rolls, and more) and enjoying an inspiring discussion with Jess Peil, who will share her journey as she undertakes the Bravehearts’ 777 Marathon. You’ll also get the chance to network with amazing women from diverse backgrounds, share stories, and lift each other up.

Friday 8 March, 6.15 am – 8 am | 144/41 Eastlake Parade, Kingston | Book here.

In Conversation: eX de Medici for International Women’s Day

Join artist eX de Medici and CMAG Senior Curator Virginia Rigney for a special in-conversation event for International Women’s Day within Canberra Museum and Galleries current exhibition eX de Medici Sidney Nolan – Guns and Flowers.

Celebrating and reflecting upon the power of art in speaking of and for women, the talk will be followed by a light lunch to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Friday 8 March, 12 pm – 1.30 pm | Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Canberra City | Register here.

UN Women Australia’s International Women’s Day 

Don’t miss this inspiring line-up of leaders and changemakers this International Women’s Day as Michele Bullock, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, global business trailblazer and advocate, Mellody Hobson, and Founder and Host of Australia’s number one finance podcast, She’s on the Money, Victoria Devine gather together for an exclusive virtual presentation.

You’ll gain rare insight into their visions and aspirations as they examine the pathways to greater economic inclusion for women and girls everywhere.

Friday 8 March, 11.30 am – 3 pm | National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Ave, Canberra City | Book here.

First Women in Parliament Tour

Want to learn about the history of women in Australian politics? Forget a luncheon, this International Women’s Day attend a special free tour.

Held by the Museum of Australian Democracy, you’ll hear about the paths women have forged in their journey to become members, ministers, Speakers, and leaders in our democracy.

Friday 8 March, 11 am – 12 pm and 2 pm – 3 pm | 18 King George Terrace, Parkes | Book here.

International Women’s Day: Accelerating Women In Business

Appreciating women in business over coffee, tea, and pastries? Yes, please.

This International Women’s Day, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Canberra Business Chamber will be co-hosting a morning tea event to celebrate the achievements of women in business. You’ll hear an amazing panel discussion (which will include Olivia Thornton, CEO of ACT Cricket, and Heidi Prowse OAM, 2020 ACT Telstra Business Woman of the Year), network with like-minded women, and enjoy a delicious morning tea set against the picturesque backdrop of Leyla Bar. See you there?

Friday 8 March, 8.30 am – 10.30 am | 1 Burbury Close, Barton | Book here.

CBR GRRRLS To The Front Vol 2.

This party is a massive celebration of International Women’s Day and you’re invited!

After a successful 2023 show, CBR GRRLS To The Front is back with a bang – and this year they’re bringing Moaning Lisa, xCherishx, Bad Lunar and Lily Begbie to the stage to provide the tunes (as well as Canberra’s very own Sophie Edwards who will DJ late into the evening, so the party won’t be cut short early).

Once again donating $5 from every ticket sold to this event to the local legends at Girls Rock Canberra, they’re also calling for donations of transport and grocery vouchers, as well as kitchen and homewares that will be donated to the Doris Women’s Refuge and CAMHS. Just like last year, there will also be multiple stalls for you to explore in between sets, and much more!

Saturday 9 March, from 7 pm | The Baso Canberra, 2 Cohen Street, Belconnen | Book here.

Female Founders – International Women’s Day Celebration

You’re invited to a special edition of the Canberra Innovation Networks Female Founder’s event – and if you’re an innovator, you won’t want to miss this.

This session will see a panel of women with experience in a variety of resources and support options answering all of your questions! Touching on the UN Women’s theme for International Women’s Day, why not take some proactive steps in improving the world of women-led businesses and be part of the thriving Female Founders community?

Tuesday 12 March, 12.15 pm – 1.45 pm | Canberra Innovation Network, Level 5, 1 Moore Street, Canberra City | Book here.

International Women’s Day Luncheon at the National Press Club

The National Press Club is hosting a Women’s Day Luncheon to help you be inspired by local leaders and engage in discussions about the importance of equal opportunities for women and girls in education, employment, and leadership.

Featuring a great line-up of speakers (including HerCanberra’s Founder and Editor-In-Chief Amanda Whitley), you’ll hear some amazing discussions about the significance and worth of gender equality and ways in which the profession and community can play a role in promoting and improving gender equality.

Friday 15 March, 11.45 am – 2.30 pm | 16 National Circuit, Barton | Book here.

Feature image: supplied by QT Canberra.

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