International Womens Day – Events Around Brisbane
International Women’s Day – Events Around Brisbane
International Women’s Day is happening on March 8, a day when women all around the world are celebrated – yay! It is a day when we can remind ourselves how far we have come in terms of equal rights. While the origin of the event is up for debate, the importance of it is not.
There will be events happening all across Brisbane and I encourage you to get along to one. Some are pricey, some are free, but all are important. Why?
Because women are still not equal.
According to the Australian Government “Women continue to earn less than men, are less likely to advance their careers as far as men, and accumulate less retirement or superannuation savings.”
How is this possible?
Currently Australia’s gender pay gap is 14.1% and Queensland has the 2nd highest pay gap of all the states.
We do the same work. We should receive the same pay. Simple, right?
I have always looked at International Women’s Day from a fulltime working woman’s point of view. I attended the breakfasts, I went to the networking events and did the fun runs. Now I have a Tiny Human (my 2 year old daughter) and my perspective has changed.
As a mum, I know the juggle is real – and I don’t even work full time. I have total admiration for the mums who work all day then come home to their family and have to continue to work. Some of my friends even say that going to work is less ‘work’ than being home. At least they can use the toilet alone!
Flexible working arrangements are the unicorn in the room that most mums are looking for, yet so many workplaces are behind the 8 ball in delivering them. This year the United Nations is using the hashtag #balanceforbetter, and no one understands that more than mums. It is time workplaces stepped up and offered the chance for a better work – life balance.
By supporting International Women’s Day you will be helping to raise awareness of these issues, and many more.
While a few of the big events have already sold out (Chicks in Pink fun run, Business Chicks Breakfast, The Brisbane International Women’s Day Breakfast), there are still some great options available.
Below is just a sample of the events that are happening in and around Brisbane during March.
FREE International Women’s Day Events
Many of the Brisbane City Council Libraries have free events celebrating successful females, including writers and scientists, and a few are even showing a film on females in the NASA space program.
The UN Women National Committee Australia and The Butterfly Foundation are hosting a Soiree (fancy!) at Hanworth House, East Brisbane. While the event is free, there is a suggested donation of $30.
Into art? The Gallery of Modern Art is hosting a free tour highlighting female artists in the current Asia Pacific Triennial exhibition.
Fitasfk Gym in Kangaroo Point is holding workout and wellness sessions to celebrate! There will be yoga, boxing and mindfulness sessions, as well as breakfast. RSVP via their Facebook page to let them know you are going.
$50 + International Women’s Day Events
Fancy yourself as a bit of a foodie? Come along and see celebrity chef Dominque Rizzo speak at the Zonta Club of Pine Rivers event. Tickets are $75 and include a two-course meal, gift bag and lucky door prize.
Want to support a female owned business? Two Birds Brewery is Australia’s first female owned and operated brewery. They are doing a beer and canape tasting to celebrate International Women’s Day. The event is held in Paddington and tickets are $53.84.
A fun filled day at the Victoria Park Golf Complex is promised by Co.As.It. Community Services, a charitable organisation operating in the aged care sector. This ‘Harmony and Delight’ fundraising morning tea is only $65 and offers nibbles and cocktails!
Minding Her Business is hosting a Womens Wellness Breakfast – tickets are just $39 – full details here
$100 + International Women’s Day Events
CommBank’s Women in Focus are hosting an evening event at Mirra in Fortitude Valley. Tickets are $123.73 (with $20 from your ticket sale being donated to support women’s programs) and the breakfast showcases some great speakers who are helping to break down barriers for women.
The Brisbane Club is hosting a luncheon that goes along with the UN #balanceforbetter campaign, and features Julia McKenna, CFO and Director of Friends with Dignity Australia as the keynote speaker. Tickets are $125 (or $99 for non-alcoholic option).
Industry sector events are also happening so don’t forget to check them out!
Make sure you take a look here for a more comprehensive list of events.