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Celebrating International Women’s Day around the sector

SCoA Members celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) in a variety of ways, ranging from forums, cultural celebrations, sharing food and sharing inspiring stories from women. Below is a selection of events from around the country.


ACCESS Community Services 

At ACCESS, a deep conviction in the role empowered-women play in healthy communities and societies runs through the fabric of everything we do. In honouring and celebrating the remarkable achievements of women from refugee and migrant backgrounds, Access is once again hosting a lunch to mark International Women’s Day on March 8.

The free community event, which to our delight has reached capacity, will treat attendees to the company of exceptional women whose stories of resilience and strength will inspire and encourage. The day will include the chance to connect with some outstanding women’s groups who are committed to supporting and creating opportunities for local women and girls and a presentation of Access’ ‘Queensland Women in Leadership Awards.These awards recognise Queensland women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities in order to create extraordinary outcomes, big or small and women who have gone above and beyond to inspire individuals and communities to create meaningful change. You can view the finalists here and the winners will be announced at the lunch on March 8.

As part of Queensland Women’s Week, Access together with ECCQ hosted a CALD Women Leader’s Dialogue Breakfast where 30 women from various cultural communities, including aboriginal elders, gathered to network and talk about women helping women. Themes discussed on the day included sharing stories of resilience, exploring leadership skills and mobilising communities. Women expressed the day was very informative and felt inspired through sharing stories and self-care strategies. Access will continue to host these dialogue sessions with CALD women, as well as many other initiatives for women.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Kenny Duke

SydWest Multicultural Services 

SydWest Multicultural Services is again spearheading the annual International Women’s Day Blacktown celebrations.

The event will be held in Bowman Hall, Blacktown and the program has been prepared with input from all the organising committee partners: Breastscreen NSW, Blacktown-Mt Druitt Hospital, Hillsong City Care, REACH for Training, Blacktown City Council, Mission Australia, Wesley Mission, SSI-Ability Links, Act for Kids, Blacktown Women’s & Girls Health Centre, SSI-School Hub.

The event features inspirational guest speakers and entertainment including Chinese Fan Dancing and Dance N Drumming. The event includes cultural and information stalls that all 220+ guests can visit during the event to learn more about the diversity of Blacktown and the support services available for women and families.

A highlight of the event will be the Launch of the Greater Western Sydney Multicultural Women’s Network, to be officiated by the Hon Sophie Cotsis MP, Shadow Minister for Women.

For further information, visit  or Tel 9621 6633.

Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC)

AMRC will hold an IWD Forum on the 9th of March, Adelaide. The panel includes a number of women speakers including Zita Ngor, Hiba Alwani, Shingi Mapuvire, Annette Osei-Kumah and Hadeieh Abiyat.

ISHAR Multicultural Women’s Health Centre 

ISHAR held a light lunch on the 7th of March at Mirrabooka and celebrated IWD by hearing from Inspirational Speakers.

Southern Migrant Resource Centre 

To mark IWD, Southern Migrant Resource Centre will pay tribute to the local heroes by hearing inspirational stories about their journey on the 8th of March over lunch.


Settlement Services International (SSI) 

SSI celebrated IWD at the Community Kitchen and Friendship Garden on the 7th of March and heard many inspiriting stories from women, participated in activities and performances and enjoyed delicious food.


Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services of the ACT Inc. (MARSS) 

MARSS is organising its annual IWD celebration on Thursday 8th March 2018. The event will be held at the foyer of the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre from 2.00pm.

This is an opportunity for people to come together, interact and celebrate IWD with exciting performances and afternoon tea.

We would be honored to have you attend this event.


International Women’s Day:  Understanding the Journey enables us to all play a part

By Andrea McLeod, COO, Spectrum MRC

It is always valuable to sit back and reflect on where we have come from and where we are going.  Understanding where we have come from enables us to “press for progress” constructively, and with purpose.

The first country to grant women the vote was New Zealand in 1893, and since that time other countries have followed suit.  However, there is still a long way to go before we can claim gender parity.

Collective action and shared responsibility for driving gender parity is what makes International Women’s Day successful. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained, “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” Read more

African Australian Women’s Association (AAWA)

African Australian Women’s Association strive to be a representative voice for women from African decent and connection across Queensland.

Since establishment in 2016 AAWA serves intercultural services through provision of safe space, voice and connections for women and stallholders including service providers.

International Women’s Day celebration is AAWA’s signature and well sought after event which showcasing the richness of  African cultures as well as highlighting the impact of the challenges of the African traditional customs or practices face by the African community in Australia such as arranged marriage, dowries, female genital mutilation.

AAWA will be celebrating IWD on the 18th of March 2018 at African House – by theme of ‘Leave no woman behind”. It will present activities on African beauty context and its effect on self-esteem and confidence. This will include cultural food, dance, fashion and panel discussion with audience question and answers. It will also recognise and award African women involved in inspiring change.  Click here for more information


Community Migrant Resource Centre (CMRC)

An annual event held by the Community Migrant Resource Centre, IWD celebrates change makers of today and tomorrow through keynote speakers, discussion panels and performances. The Panelists are Aduk Dau Gideon – Inspirational Speaker , Beatrice Sesay – Cumberland Council,   Nim Gholkar – Author & Writer  and Reynah Fernandes – Smart Talent Group.

Click here to register