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International Women’s Day

Photo courtesy BP Australia, a Gold NAWO Corporate Member

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on the 8th of March every year. NAWO is busy planning activities to celebrate in 2016 – stay tuned early in 2016 for more information.

In the meantime, we would love to share your organisation’s plans for celebrating IWD.

Let us know what your organisation is planning – we are keen to share details of different events on this page. Add your comments to this page or send us an email:

Why we should celebrate International Women’s Day…

International Women’s Day (IWD) was first celebrated in the US in 1909 in honour of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York. In 1910 the Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen, established an international Women’s Day to honour the movement for women’s rights and to build support for achieving global suffrage for women. It was in 1975, International Women’s Year, that the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on the 8th of March. (source:

All of us – women and men – are indebted to the early movements that sowed the seed for International Women’s Day. Aside from the right to vote, the right to work, the right to education and the right to greater equality, these determined people stood up for the right to be respected as human beings. And a world of greater respect and equality is a better world for every person.

Photo courtesy BP Australia – A Gold NAWO Corporate Member

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