International Women’s Day (8 March)

This is an annual event held on the 8th March.

Chief Commissioner Ken Lay spoke about violence against women at a White Ribbon Day breakfast on 23 November 2012. He spoke about the ugliness of family violence; the reality that is men bashing often defenceless women in their homes; and the reality of a men terrorising their children.

There is no doubt in the mind of women around the world that domestic violence is the single most important issue for this generation to solve. This is due to the destructive nature of violence within the enclosed boundaries of the family, and the long-term effect on all its members as the violence in one generation can be reproduce in the next one.

Even those children who are now free from violence and are growing up in a caring, loving environment, could later on have their lives effected by marrying a person who has been a witness to constant domestic violence and has accepted it as a way of life. The repercussions of violence in the home can be exponentially damaging to our culture and society.

So let’s respond to the 2014 theme of International Women’s Day and spend some time in reflection on how we can contribute positively to the safety of women and children in their own homes.


International Women’s Day 2014

United Nations | 2014 theme: INSPIRING CHANGE

Women’s equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.

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United Nations UN Women National Committee Australia
Posted 21st February 2014 | Fundraising Breakfasts around Australia

UN Women Australia hosts events throughout the year. Check this calendar regularly for an event near you. 

March 2014

Melbourne International Women’s Day Breakfast
March 04th, 2014
Southbank, Victoria

Table $1500 | Individual $85 | Concession $65

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Perth International Women’s Day Breakfast
March 05th, 2014
Perth, Western Australia

Table $1500 | Individual $75

March 06th, 2014
South Brisbane, Queensland

Table $1500 | NGO Table $750 | Individual $75 | Concession $60

March 07th, 2014
Sydney, New South Wales

Table $1500 | Individual $95 | Concession $60

March 07th, 2014
Adelaide, South Australia


March 07th, 2014
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Table $1600 | Individual $90 | Concession $60

Events in Melbourne | 2014

Shire Office Rosebud
Mayoral High Tea | 6 March 2014

Mayor Cr Antonella Celi invites Elida Radig (founding member of Progressive Atheists Inc.) to the Mayoral High Tea in recognition of female Councillors and to celebrate International Women’s Day 2014 at the Shire Office, Rosebud, Victoria on Thursday 6th March 2014 at 2pm.

International Women’s Day Breakfast – Friday 7th March ’14

RACV Club | 501 Bourke Street – Melbourne
Friday, March 7th, 2014 | 7:30 am – 9:15 am

Celebrate the Male Champions of Change on International Women’s Day 2014!

Vic ICT for Women and ACS Victoria’s ‘ICT for Women in Victoria’ Special Interest Grop’(SIG) invite you,your colleagues and your friends to join us in celebrating this day by acknowledging those men in our lives who are champions of change.

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International Women’s Day March: The fight for equality continues

Mar 8 2014 – 1:00pm | State Library of Victoria | Melbourne | Read more

Post rally forum: The radical roots of International Women’s Day and fight against sexism today

Mar 8 2014 – 2:30pm | Trades Hall (Corner Lygon & Victoria St) | Melbourne | Read more

Community House
Bacchus Marsh | 8 March 2014

Louise Simmons, Presenter at the Community Radio FM in Bacchus Marsh invites Elida Radig (Founding member of Progressive Atheists Inc.) to celebrate International Women’s Day at the Community House on Saturday 8th March at 2pm.


International Women’s Day Meeting March 2013

Feminists have been trenchant critics of multiculturalism since the 1980s. In recent decades multiculturalism has morphed into multifaithism.  Culture and religion are being confused or understood as one and the same with particularly harmful consequences for women.  Acceptance of multiculturalism ideas has made it more difficult for feminists to criticise not just ‘culture’ but ‘religion’.

On this International Women’s Day, Atheists are invited to discuss and reflect on the issue of oppression of women under multiculturalism.

Location: State Library, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000 – map
Date: Saturday, 9th March
Time: 11:00 am

Look out for those wearing the Progressive Atheists badge.

RSVP Andrew – 0438 043 050

For more information about International Women’s Day please email us or visit UN Women Australia

International Women's Day