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International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.


This year the international theme is Think equal, build smart, innovate for change.

The theme will focus on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.

UN Women states; “The achievement of the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires transformative shifts, integrated approaches and new solutions, particularly when it comes to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. Based on current trajectories, existing interventions will not suffice to achieve a Planet 50-50 by 2030. Innovative approaches that disrupt “business as usual” are central to removing structural barriers and ensuring that no woman and no girl is left behind.”

Around our Federation women and girls will be involved in celebration events and will be listening to inspirational speakers; realising all that they can become. They will become aware that, united, women are a powerful force that can bring about change.

Publicise what you are doing, post on Facebook and tag on your posts @soroptimistsouthwestpacific or Twitter using our hashtag, #MorePowerfulTogether to celebrate and publicise our work.


Here are just some of our Federation Clubs Events Celebrating International Women’s Day 2019.

SI Albany

SI Albany

Albany Soroptimists build a bridge for peace on International Women’s Day

Soroptimist International Albany and members of the Albany community will join thousands of women around the globe by again taking part in the annual Join Me On The Bridge campaign as part of International Women’s Day on Friday, 8 March 2019 at 12 noon. This will also be the launch of the Albany Women’s Centre Kare Kits Project.

SI Rockingham

SI Rockingham

Working with the International theme of THINK EQUAL, BUILD SMART, INNOVATE FOR CHANGE, SI Rockingham have three groups of speakers across a range of areas, as well as an all female quartet, Eureka to start the evening for us. Speakers include:
• Deputy Principal, Sian Bakewell, whose passion is about bringing technology into the class room.
• Speakers from the Women in Prison Project, an advocacy and hands on project that is being lead by three Soroptimist Clubs, On The Terrace, Maylands- Peninsula, and South Perth.
• Guest speakers with experience working in aboriginal communities in NT and WA .
 -  Lyn Harrison has worked as a teacher in communities as far ranging as Wadeye (Port Keats) NT largest aboriginal community in Australia to Leanora in West Australia, now working with the Department of Child Protection in Rockingham but worked in communities in great sandy desert and the Tanimi and a vast experience. 
 - Laura Russ currently the Aboriginal Affairs officer for Police Dept- working on project to develop Police’s policy for dealing with Aboriginal people.

 SI Karratha final

 SI Karratha

Celebrating International Womens Day with a HighTea at the Theatre to watch Tea with the Dames on Sunday Afternoon at 2pm. Dress to Impress and BYO Teacup with prizes for both. There will be a cash bar and a raffle.

 SI Canberra

 SI Canberra

Soroptimist International of Canberra Inc invites you to join them for International Women’s Day Breakfast.
Guest speaker: Laura Aoun, Chair of Canberra Multicultural Women’s Forum.
A continental breakfast will be served. Please bring along gold coins for the raffles.
Proceeds of the breakfast will provide bursaries for migrant and refugee women who are studying at the Canberra Institute of Technology.

 SI Beenleigh

 SI Beenleigh

IWD breakfast, two amazing speakers Rachel Abuk Maker and Taylor Birtchnell - Taylor was the recipient of a full scholarship to Bond University and is a Gold coast Mayor's Student Ambassador. She is the inaugural Volunteering Queensland "Youth Volunteer Award" winner, the recipient of the SI Beenleigh Stella Rickhoff Award (2018). Taylor volunteers with many community organisations, including the Robina Community Legal Centre and the Bond Immigration Law Clinic.

 SI Griffith

 SI Griffith

International Women's Day breakfast with guest speaker Wing Commander Sharon Bown (Ret'd). A former aeromedical evacuation nurse with the Royal Australian Air Force and humanitarian, Sharon is an inspiring leader and compelling storyteller.
Working in East Timor, Sharon narrowly escaped death when the helicopter in which she was travelling crashed in a violent storm. Suffering a severe spinal injury, a shattered jaw and aviation fuel burns, it was the unseen scarring of chronic pain and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that threatened to reveal the limits of her resilience. Yet the test was far from over.Join us to hear Sharon share her story.

 SI Bayside

 SI Bayside

IWD Bayside Breakfast.

Guest Speaker Sarah Corbett. Sarah is a young women who coordinates a large number of employees & volunteers to support the homeless. She will provide a young women's perspective on this 2019 United Nations them and on the need for young people to have a moral compass and give back to our communities.

 SI Geraldton

 SI Geraldton

As part of International Women’s Day, Soroptimist International Geraldton has partnered with “Desert Blue Connect” to host a buffet dinner with speakers in Geraldton on Friday 8th March.

SI Moreton Nth

SI Moreton North

SI Moreton North 2019 International Women's Day function “$MONEY $MONEY $MONEY” (It's not just a rich man's world). Empowering women in their finances.
Inspired by guest and panel speakers who have overcome challenges and now own their own businesses, Sallymatu Kuyateh Bangura, Thuy Hook, Siliba Deverall, Dianne Brown and Amanda McCall.

SI Brisbane Water

SI Brisbane Water

SI Brisbane Water held their fifth annual International Women's Day Expo joining with other women's groups from across the Central Coast to celebrate the work women do to support others in the community.