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 are working to 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.


Inequality takes many forms and there are many barriers unique to women, including implicit biases and recognition gaps that impede progress in building successful careers. Women are already disadvantaged by the pay gap in the sector and still carry the heavier load of unpaid domestic labour. This has been exacerbated during COVID-19, with children learning from home and childcare arrangements often disrupted due to physical distancing. That’s why this year we are supporting the theme #BreakTheBias. Breaking the bias helps recognise the contribution of women and girls who are working globally to change the climate of gender equality and build a sustainable future for all.

Events at UNSW

Tuesday 1 March, 6:30 - 7:30pm

Join Grace Tame for a look back at her life in 2021, as she reflects on her position as the figurehead of a movement and explores the highs and lows of being catalytic to changing the course of Australian political history. Grace will be joined by UNSW criminologist Michael Salter, co-Convenor of UNSW’s Gendered Violence Research Network Kyllie Cripps and media, gender and cultural studies expert Emma A Jane for a panel discussion. 

Presented by UNSW Centre for Ideas

Sunday 13 March, 6.30pm 

Consent and power relations, gender justice and the state, pornography and freedom - political philosophy professor Amia Srinivasan refuses to turn away from the hard questions about society and sex.

Hosted by UNSW Associate Professor Emma A Jane at the Sydney Opera House


Tuesday 15 March, 1:00pm

Sharp, tough, funny and humane, Roxane Gay’s work spans fiction, non-fiction and commentary. Since she came to global notice with ‘Bad Feminist’, she has published essays, stories and a memoir that take on questions of race, misogyny, trauma and body-shaming. Join us for a special conversation at with UNSW academic Nicole Watson, a Murri woman who works on Indigenous storytelling.  

Presented by UNSW Centre for Ideas and supported by the Sydney Opera House 

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International Women's Day picnic

Join us on the Quad Lawn (or Roundhouse if it rains) to engage with female-driven Clubs, participate in workshops and celebrate the achievements of women around the world (over pancakes), as we continue the fight for a world without gender bias.


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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. 

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.

UNSW is committed to helping students and staff balance work-life responsibilities, by providing access to high-quality services, facilities, and flexible work and leave arrangements, where possible.