International Women’s Day

InternationalWomensDayPoster_670International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on 8 March and provides an opportunity to recognise the achievements of women in society and the challenges that remain on the path to equality.

Many CSIRO workplaces around the country have a long tradition of marking the day with events ranging from panel discussions to morning teas.

Proud tradition 

The first International Women’s Day (IWD) was held over a century ago and for much of its history the event has focussed on achieving equal rights for working women across the world.

In more recent times the scope of IWD has expanded from the workplace to include the political, social and cultural contribution of women.  The theme for 2015 is Make It Happen, aimed at encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women.

Host an event or activity

Staff Association members are encouraged to host an event or activity to mark the day. This year IWD falls on a Sunday so aim for the Friday before or theMonday following IWD. Speak to your organiser for more information on how to plan your event, including access to promotional materials.

  • ACT: Lunch with editor of Cranky Ladies of History, Tehani Wessely. 12.30-2pm, Friday 6 March at the Discovery Lecture Theatre, CSIRO Black Mountain. RSVP for catering purposes to Janet Anstee. To download a poster, click here.
  • Queensland: Morning tea and cupcake challenge at CSIRO QBP St Lucia. 10am in communal kitchens on all levels. Bring a plate.
  • Western Australia: Floreat will host a morning tea on Thursday 5 March. Special guest is Ramona Mitussis from the International Committee of Unions WA. Details TBC. The West will also run fundraising drive for the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services. IWD badges for sale, for more information contact Elizabeth Hulm.

Support IWD online

There will be plenty of activity on social media, especially popular platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Search for International Women’s Day online and keep a watch on hashtags such #MakeItHappen, #womensday, #IWD2015, #internationalwomensday and #paintitpurple

Paint it purple

Women and men celebrating IWD in 2015 are encouraged to colour their events with a splash of purple, one of the colours traditionally associated with the day.

From the early 1900’s, union women in Britain adopted the colour scheme of purple, white and green in recognition of the Suffragettes. In the context of IWD, purple has come to embody justice and is now strongly associated with the cause of women’s equality.

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