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Published February 17th 2023
Be inspired at these local IWD events
International Women's Day (IWD) will be celebrated officially on 8 March 2023 to recognise the achievements of women. Celebrated worldwide, the day provides a moment to highlight the progress made towards gender equality and inspire us to continue advocating for all human rights.

There are many opportunities in Sydney to mark the occasion under this year's theme: Cracking the Code: Innovation for a gender equal future. Find below a list of just a few of the IWD events in Sydney:

1. International Women's Day Markets (Sun 5 March)
A maker's and creator's market will be held at James Meehan Reserve, Dee Why from 8.00am to 2.00pm. Creative local women will be showing off their talents, selling a range of goods including arts, jewellery and clothing. Perusing the wares while enjoying the stunning coastal location will make this a great day out. The closest parking available is Dee Why Beach Car park (from $8 per hour) or you can take the B-Line bus (the reserve is a 15 min walk from Pittwater Road). Find more parking options at

Further details can be found at:

James Meehan Reserve, Dee Why, Sydney, markets, International Women's Day 2023
James Meehan Reserve, Dee Why

2. Woman Life Freedom event (Sun 5 March)
Support the local Iranian community at this free event in Balmain. The event is inspired by the Woman, Life, Freedom movement which is peacefully advocating for human rights in Iran. Be inspired and uplifted by Iranian music while tasting a range of Persian food and snacks at the Balmain Town Hall. There will also be crafts, ceramics and jewellery on display as well as kids activities. The event will run from 1.00pm to 5.00pm. If driving by car, the closest car park is the Inner West Council Beattie Street car park. Bus services run nearby, stopping on Birchgrove Road or Montague Street. View services at

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3. UNSW Talk with Mona Eltaway: Global Feminism (Wed 8 March)
If you're looking for inspiration to help make a difference, this is the talk for you. Renowned author and thought leader Mona Eltaway will be talking with Senator Mehreen Faruqi at this special morning tea at the University of New South Wales. Join the conversation on the feminist issues being tackled right now and how we can stand in solidarity with all women's rights across the globe. This talk will fire up your passion for gender equality.

The event takes place at the Roundhouse at UNSW's Kensington Campus from 11.00am - 12.00pm. It is free to attend and registration is essential. View event details and register your place at:

IWD Talk, Mona Eltaway, Global Feminism, International Women's Day, Sydney
Global Feminism: Mona Eltahawy

4. All About Women Thought Leadership Festival (Sun 12 March)
The big house will be the centre stage for a series of impassioned, thought-provoking and entertaining talks and workshops. The forum will play host to conversations that confront the challenges that women face, particularly when speaking out or advocating for change. Watch talks on the effect of shame on women and the ongoing war on women in Iran. The heavier talks are balanced with discussions about ditching fiancÚs with literary writer Sloane Crosley and the inspiring story of the 90s feminist punk band, Bikini Kill. The band is also holding a special concert on Monday 13 March. Speakers include Jennette McCurdy, Grace Tame, Mona Eltaway and more. View the full program here.

Tickets are sold for each talk or you can opt to purchase a multi-pack. Prices start from $33 ( $8.50 booking fee). Streaming online is also available for some events. Buy tickets online at:

Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour, All About Women festival, International Women's Day
Sydney Opera House

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