International Women's Day

The University acknowledges International Women's Day, which is held on 8 March each year. International Women's Day is a world-wide celebration of women's social, economic, cultural and political achievements. It provides a focus to the continuing need for achieving gender equality.

The theme of this International Women's Day asks how you will choose to challenge gender inequality in 2021.

Southern Cross University celebrates International Women's Day 2021 (2:30)

Would you like to have an impact this International Women's Day?

Donate your old mobile phones, tablets and laptops to The Reconnect Project. The project provides caseworkers with access to mobile phones, tablets and laptops, allowing them to select the items best suited to the needs of their clients at women's refuges, homelessness agencies, refugee and asylum seeker support services etc – a lot of them women.

Collection box available 8 – 30 March 2021 at the following locations:

Lismore: Student Equity & Inclusion, Shop 7, Goodman Plaza
Gold Coast: CoastRs Student Association, Building A1.20
Coffs Harbour: Student Equity & Inclusion, MG.24 

Please contact Jimzeena LeCerf if you have any questions.


International Women’s Day Global #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021
UN Women Australia International Women’s Day 2021: Women in Leadership

Curated literature

All readers: International Women’s Day 2021 - Penguin Books Australia
Young readers: International Women's Day book launches
Inspirational stories: 46 Books About Women Who Changed The World

International Women’s Development Agency

3 ways to be an intersectional feminist ally | IWDA
What does intersectional feminism actually mean? | IWDA

Videos & podcasts

Watch: These powerful videos developed by people around the world to support International Women's Day, that amplify their commitment to helping build a gender equal world.

Watch: Women, Peace, Power: 20 years of UNSCR 1325 - YouTube
Peace is a prerequisite for health, equality and human security. The 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council resolution 1325 (which for the first time, enshrined the essential role of women in securing and maintaining peace) is taking place in a world where 2 billion people live in countries affected by conflict. In these countries, women are working against tremendous odds to build and sustain peace.

Listen: #HerStories on the MWMN website and on Spotify
A podcast where 21 women peace leaders share their experiences, challenges and reflections on the peacebuilding and mediation role of women in their own country. The series is hosted by Magda Zenon, a leading Cyprus activist, in collaboration with UN Women and the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network.

Local and Online events

Lismore Women’s Festival 2021 - March 5 - March 8: Lismore Women's Festival 2021 - YWCA

Gold Coast
Women of Influence 2021 IWD Event: Women Of Influence Virtual Event
High Cheese & Champagne, QLD: International Women's Day | SKUGroup

Coffs Harbour
SOLD OUT: The Coffs Coast IWD Breakfast, 8 March 2021: Coffs Coast IWD Breakfast 2021

Advocating to end family violence in Australia, March 8 2021: UTS IWD Event 2021
International Women’s Day TINA Talks: TINA Talks - YWCA
Empowering. Inspiring. Uplifting, March 8 2021: UNHCR IWD Virtual Event 2021
Creating Truth-telling Work Cultures, March 9 2021: AHRI's IWD Virtual Event
Virtual Empower Hour by Dress for Success, March 8 2021: Dress for Success

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Date and time

From: 09:00 AM Monday, March 8, 2021 To: 05:00 PM Monday, March 8, 2021


Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast & Lismore campuses