Celebrate the achievements of women this International Women's Day

Published on 05 March 2021

Councillors Cathrine Burnett-Wake, Sophie Todorov, Mayor Fiona McAllister and Johanna Skelton.

Council is encouraging community members to celebrate the achievements of women around them and challenge inequality this year, ahead of International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day is celebrated globally on 8 March each year – it is a day to celebrate women’s stories and achievements, while reflecting on the ongoing action we all need to take to achieve gender equality across the community.

This year’s theme is Choose to Challenge.

From the International Women’s Day website:  

A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.

We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge.

Ahead of International Women’s Day, Councillors Cathrine Burnett-Wake, Sophie Todorov, Mayor Fiona McAllister and Johanna Skelton (from left-right below) spoke about women in the Yarra Ranges who have inspired them over the years.

As mentioned by Cr Skelton in the video above, Council, in partnership with Oonah Health and Community Services Aboriginal Corporation (formerly Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association), is also launching a book, Balit Bagurrk, next week.

The book pays respect to and celebrates the stories of strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women of the Yarra Ranges. This was funded by the VicHealth Gender Equality through the Arts Program.

Find out more here

More International Women’s Day events

International Women’s Day Film Screenings

• Brazen Hussies, followed by a Q&A discussion with Karen Pickering, Andrea Foxworthy & Celeste Liddle, The Memo, Tues 9 March 7:00 PM

• Brazen Hussies, Arts Centre Warburton, Fri 12 Mar 2021, 7:00 PM

• No Time For Quiet, The Memo, Sat 13 Mar 2021, 4:30 PM

• No Time For Quiet, Arts Centre Warburton, Sun 14 Mar 2021, 2:00 PM

Book your free tickets here

Choosing a Creative Life, Tuesday 9th March, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Eastern Regional Libraries, Knox Council, Maroondah Council and Yarra Ranges Council will be hosting composer Dindy Vaughan, writer and editor Maria Millers and visual artists Lee Goller and Sylvia Jukes to talk about artistic expression at the centre of their lives.

The session will be held over zoom, with a mixture of pre-recorded film and live chat.

Find out more at events.yourlibrary.com.au or call 1300 737 277.

More information about International Women’s Day and this year’s theme can be found on the International Women's Day website