International Women's Day

International Women’s Day has become a time to reflect on progress, to call for change and to celebrate the courage and determination of the women who changed history, and those who will advance gender equality into the future. It is an occasion to review how far women have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development. It is also an opportunity to unite, network and mobilise for meaningful change.

2021 theme

The global UN Women theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 is “Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”.

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This theme celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future.

#WomenLead #IWD2021

Events at UNSW

Monday 8 March, 7:00 - 8:00pm

What misconceptions do we still have about women's minds and bodies? British science journalist and author, Angela Saini, joins  leading cancer researcher and founder of the STEMMinist Book club, Caroline Ford for a conversation about bias in science, medicine and the public understanding of gender, and how to build a more accurate picture of human difference.

Presented by UNSW Centre for Ideas

Monday 8 March, 12:30 - 2:00pm

Join Professor Lisa Keay (moderator), Professor Raina MacIntyre, Professor Anne Kelso, Kirsten Banks, Dr Melina Georgousakis and Caroline Meyer as they discuss their lives, career journeys, and their thoughts and experiences on this year's theme.

The winners of this year's Apte Scholarship will also be announced.

Presented by UNSW Medicine & Health

Monday 8 March, 1:00 - 2:00pm

The world is crying out for a new model of leadership, but what is it? The Leadership documents the inaugural Homeward Bound Project and shines a light on the systemic inequities faced by women in STEMM. A panel of academics and policy makers will unpack the major themes of the documentary and discuss the challenges and rewards of implementing practices of inclusive science.

Presented as part of the UNSW Inclusive Science Series

Monday 8 March, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Come down to the UNSW David Phillips Sport Field and support #TeamUNSW in the ultimate showdown against other Universities on the East Coast.
Cheer on UNSW in these sports:
  • Football (Soccer)
  • Hockey
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch
  • Ultimate Frisbee


Organised by Arc Sport

Tuesday 9 March, 12:00 - 1:00pm

Professor Mary-Anne Williams (Michael Crouch Chair of Innovation, School of Management) and Manal Al-Sharif (Chief Information Security Officer at UNSW Sydney) reflect on this year's theme “Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”. They will share their expertise and experience in a conversation moderated by Professor Nick Wailes (Director, AGSM and Deputy Dean, UNSW Business School).

Presented by the UNSW Business School Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

Tuesday 9 March, 1:00 - 2:30pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has been sweeping the world for a year, and we are now beginning to recognise the longer term impacts. Increasingly, it is becoming evident that women are disproportionately bearing the brunt of social and economic impacts due to COVID-19. But there are inspiring women who are not only leaders the their fields in the COVID-19 response, but are addressing some of the inequalities experienced by women in their communities.

Presented by The Kirby Institute

Thursday 18 March, 12:30 - 1:30pm

The UNSW Women's Wellbeing Academy launched it's first Small Project Grants Program in October 2020. Twelve inspiring, diverse projects were successful, and received $4,000 in funding to kick off their projects. Join us as we hear the from the project team winners, who will present short pitches about their projects.

Presented by the UNSW Women's Wellbeing Academy

Currently on display, until 17 April | UNSW Galleries, Paddington Campus

UNSW Galleries is currently exhibiting the powerful work of two leading Australian artists. Fractures & Frequencies brings together recent works by Quandamooka artist Megan Cope, investigating listening practices and extractive industries in Australia. INFRACTIONS is a feature length video installation by Rachel O'Reilly, platforming the struggles of frontline Indigenous cultural workers against the threat of shale gas fracking.

Fractures & Frequencies is presented in association with Sydney Festival. INFRACTIONS is presented in partnership with the Institute of Modern Art.

8 March – 23 May | Sir John Clancy Auditorium Foyer, Kensington Campus

This exhibition honours the career of one of UNSW’s leading alumna artists. In a lifetime dedicated to art, Pamela Griffith has established her place as one of Australia’s foremost printmakers and an accomplished landscape painter. Best-known for her abiding fascination with the natural world, she has traversed Australia to observe living creatures in their natural habitats, creating works that celebrate this continent’s unique flora, fauna and diverse eco-systems.

Presented by the UNSW Art Unit, Culture portfolio (UNSW Wellbeing)

UNSW Tax Clinic offers free, independent and confidential tax advice for eligible individuals and small businesses.

For 2021 Women’s Week, they are supporting women who are experiencing financial hardship, and are unable to access tax advice and support.

UNSW Business School & UNSW Women’s Wellbeing Academy thank Women NSW (NSW Department of Communities & Justice) for their generous support of this initiative.

Addressing the underrepresentation of women in entrepreneurship, New Wave offers UNSW students, staff and alumni who identify as women, at any stage of their journey, access to skills-building workshops, expert masterclasses and industry-leading mentors to form, refine and test their startup ideas

Supporting Women at UNSW

A focus on gender equity and inclusion is central to our Strategy 2025 as we continue to strive to be an international exemplar of equity diversity and inclusion. We seek to foster a culture that is truly inclusive, in which all female-identifying students and staff can participate equally in all areas and levels to achieve their full potential. 

At UNSW, we believe diversity provides invaluable perspectives enriching the learning, teaching and working experiences for our students and staff. 

The Women in Research Network (WiRN) is UNSW's leading forum for research-active women to connect and collaborate to build an equitable and inclusive research culture at UNSW.  

The UNSW Women’s Collective (WoCo) is an autonomous intersectional-feminist collective focused on activism, education and community organisation.

The WWBA brings together colleagues and collaborators from across the UNSW community to enhance and highlight our diverse multidisciplinary work in the area of women’s wellbeing.