Get Prepped for IWD 2024
Women’s Health Loddon Mallee (WHLM) has developed the 2024 International Women’s Day (IWD) Toolkit and set of campaign resources to support organisations and communities in the Loddon Mallee Region to participate in and lead events and activities as part of the IWD campaign held on, and around, 8 March 2024.
Plus, check out the IWD regional calendar and events hub to see what’s happening for International Women’s Day in your local area.
Submit your own events and activities to the regional calendar HERE.
About International Women’s Day
Every year International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated across the globe on March 8. It is a day to recognise how far we’ve come in achieving rights for women, while also highlighting and inspiring the
actions needed to continue the work toward a gender equal future.
The very first International Women’s Day was held in 1911, with marches held in North America and across Europe aimed at gaining better working conditions and voting rights for w omen. International Women’s Day has expanded in prominence and reach over the years. The growing international women’s movement has helped make International Women’s Day a central point for action, to build support for women’s rights and their full participation in the economy, politics, and community.
Australia’s first International Women’s Day was held in 1928 in Sydney. Organised by a group called the Militant Women’s Movement, women called for equal pay for equal work, an 8-hour working day, and paid leave. The next year the event spread to Brisbane. In 1931 annual marches were launched in both Sydney and Melbourne, with both marches continuing to be held today.
About the Theme
Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress.
The UN Women Australia’s International Women’s Day theme for 2024 is Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate progress. Based on the priority theme for the United Nations 678th Commission on the
Status of Women – Count Her In highlights “women’s economic empowerment [as a] direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication, and inclusive economic growth”.
This year’s theme, ‘Count Her In’ acknowledges the vast contributions women make to local and global economies, including through their unpaid (and often unacknowledged) care and work in the home, as well as their participation in business, agriculture, and communities. ‘Count Her In’ provides us with an opportunity to identify and highlight barriers to a gender responsive economy, by looking into how our economy is structured, whether any groups may be disadvantaged under the current system, and how we can remove barriers and invest in women’s economic participation.
But first we need to understand what an economy is. The Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WBE) puts it simply – the economy is the way that we produce and provide for one another. “The rules, social norms and stories that underpin our current system were designed by people, and that means they can also be
changed by people.” With this understanding in mind, we can promote positive change, call for greater investment in women, and encourage collective action to accelerate progress.