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International Women's Day 2013

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International Women's Day 2013
International Women's Day began over a hundred years ago in a handful of Eastern European countries to draw attention to the economic, political and social achievements of women. Created during a time when women did not yet have the vote in the United States, it is more focused on goals achieved rather than the inequities that still exist. While International Women's Day began in the socialist movement, it has since expanded to mean many different things in many different countries.

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Women of the Builders Labourers Federation marching in International Women's Day in 1975. Image: Tirin via Wikimedia Commons.

International Women's Day takes place every year on the 8th of March, with the day being a national holiday in many countries (but not Australia). While Melbourne's celebrations of the day are somewhat limited compared to the vibrant events that grip other parts of the world, there are still ways to get involved. You can celebrate the day by being entertained or educated, or you can do your part to further gender equality by putting your money where your mouth is.

Half the Sky
Celebrate International Women's Day with a twilit concert, Half the Sky, featuring performances from the likes of Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier, Claire Bowditch and the Mahalia Barnes duo. Governor-General Quention Bryce will be speaking at the event.

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Half the Sky was a success in 2012 and will be marking International Women's Day again in 2013. Image:

Half the Sky costs $49 for a B reserve and $79 for an A reserve ticket. Get your ticket here.

International Women's Day Breakfast
Debate the effects of gender and genetics on success in the workplace at the annual Rotary International Women's Day Breakfast. A celebrity panel will be discussing the question, "is it all in the genes?"

Have a serious discussion over breakfast at the Rotary International Women's Day breakfast.
Have a serious discussion over breakfast at the Rotary International Women's Day breakfast.

Hosted at the Palladium at Crown, the breakfast costs $65 per person. Tables of ten are available for $640. Profits made go towards funding Violence Free Families and the Kids Foundation.

This event is one for the early risers, with the breakfast going from 7am - 9am.

International Women's Day Dinner
Enjoy a raucous three-course dinner with games, music and yoga demonstrations, a photo booth, a pamper station and plenty of champagne. Taking place at the Box Hill Community Arts Centre, the International Women's Day Dinner is to be MCed by wellbeing consultant Jen Rutherford. The event, complete with motivational speaker is intended to show women possibilities for what they could be doing and can start now to realise their full potential.

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OrgWell will be hosting a fun dinner for International Women's Day.

The dinner is $50 per person, with profits going towards myeloma research. Tickets can be booked here.

Microfinance a loan
Even if you none of the International Women's Day events take your fancy this year, you can still get involved by lending your financial support to women in the Asia Pacific through Good Return. A small loan of $25 (or more if you're feeling extra generous) from you will help women to start or expand their businesses to claw their way out of poverty. You choose who your money goes to so you know exactly what it's going towards.

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Good Return provides small loans to struggling women in the Asia Pacific region, funded by people like you.

Take a look at some of the loan applicants and their enterprising ideas here.
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Why? To celebrate the achievements and realise the challenges of women
When: 8 March 2013
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