International Women’s Day 2018

Thursday 8 March 2018

The first International Women’s Day (IWD) was held over a century ago and for much of its history the event has focused 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 CSIRO Staff Association has a long track record supporting women in science and CSIRO. From improving conditions, organising events and providing scholarships, the Association is proud to support the achievements of women in CSIRO.

However much more needs to be done to embrace gender diversity and achieve greater representation of women at all levels across the organisation.

Wear purple and #PressforProgress 

This International Women’s Day, 8 March, the Staff Association is asking staff to wear a purple ribbon, to demonstrate solidarity for women in CSIRO.

If you are a member or delegate and would like to distribute ribbons in your workplace, please email the union with the request and your contact details.

Think of something you can do to make a difference this year.

And let us know your ideas for a better CSIRO for women by posting a comment below.

It’s time to #PressforProgress at CSIRO this International’s Women’s Day.

Celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) by joining your colleagues for a special event.


  • Floreat – 10am Thursday 8 March at the Floreat Auditorium. Guest speaker is Kathleen Patrick.
  • AAHL – 9:30am Wednesday 21 March in the Lecture Theatre. Guest speakers are Maria Mondea and Deb Middleton.
  • ESP Dutton Park – 10am Thursday 8 March in the Atrium area between buildings B & C. Guest speaker is Aunty Betty McGrady.
  • Bribie Island – Time TBC, Wednesday 7 March in the lunchroom.
  • Clayton – 2pm, Thursday 8 March at the Ian Wark Lecture Theatre.
  • Aspendale – Morning Tea Thursday 8 March in the Aspendale Canteen. Guest speakers are the CSIRO Aspendale Women’s Network.
  • Battery Point – Morning Tea Thursday 8 March in the Canteen. Guest speaker is Camilla Novaglio.
  • More CSIRO and Staff Association events are in the process of being organised. This page will be regularly updated. 

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