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. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality.
Marked annually on March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to:
- celebrate women’s achievements
- raise awareness about women’s equality
- lobby for accelerated gender parity
- fundraise for female-focused charities
This year’s there is #choosetochallange. 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.
To celebrate this year we encourage you to learn more about the strong Aboriginal and Torress Strait women in governance. Australian Indigenous Governance Institute and Reconciliation Australia have developed a factsheet on this topic.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have always had valued roles and responsibilities in the governance of their families, clans, communities and nations. Today, senior women are often the bedrock of community and family wellbeing and are active in many leadership and governance roles. And the number of women in important governing roles in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations, communities and organisations is growing.
The Women in Governance Factsheet investigates:
- Challenges facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
- Harnessing the strength of women in governance
The Indigenous Governance Factsheets were developed by the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute and Reconciliation Australia to promote peoples’ understanding of Indigenous governance. Each Factsheet provides an explanation of the topic and tips on best practice strategies. You can access the PDF Factsheet via this link
For more information about international women’s day see the International Woman’s Day website.