International Women’s Day 2018

What is it?

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

When is it?

Thursday 8 March 2018

Is this annual day a new thing?

No, International Women's Day has been observed since the early 1900's.

Is there a theme?

The theme for 2018, the International Women’s Day campaign theme is Press for Progress and encourages everyone to pursue gender parity. The campaign theme will continue from International Women’s Day throughout the year and serves as a strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

Is it just for career women?

International Women’s Day belongs to all women everywhere!

Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist said ‘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.’

Each and every year, International Women's Day remains an important moment to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater gender parity. How will you press for progress?

What is happening at the library for International Women’s Day?

At Yarra Plenty Regional Library we are celebrating International Women’s Day with a variety of events at five of our libraries:

Women's History Month

Celebrate local writers and reader of historical fiction with panel discussions, book sales and signings. Refreshments included. Pick up a booklet in branch for more details.

Eltham Library
Saturday 3 March

Women of Whittlesea History Exhibition

This exhibition highlights the important role women have played in shaping the City of Whittlesea.

Mill Park Library
Wednesday 7 March – Sunday 18 March

Women in the Police Force

Guest speaker Leading Senior Constable Sandy O’Connor will talk about her career and women policing within Victoria Police.

Lalor Library
Thursday 8 March 11.00am–12.00noon

International Women’s Day Extravaganza

Celebrate a day especially for women: join us for workshops, presentations, food and wine demonstrations and tastings, mindfulness exercises, aromatherapy and more.

Partners include: Dawn Drew, Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Jsala Candles, Yarrambat Estate Vineyard, Rie’s Kitchen, Wildwood Natural Soaps, OMG Beading and The Travelling Café.

Diamond Valley Library
Thursday 8 March, 1.00pm–3.00pm

Author Talk: Arresting Women

Author Colleen Woolley will talk about her book Arresting Women, about the role of women in the police force. Light refreshments will be served.

Rosanna Library
Thursday 8 March, 2.00pm–3.00pm

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