International Women's Day Events
Looking for a way to celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March 2012? Here are just some of the events being held... visit www.internationalwomensday.org.au for more event listings and resources. If you're holding an event, be sure to submit it for the International Women's Day website listing, and email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add it here too!
YWCA Canberra and Equality Rights Alliance at morning tea at Government House in Canberra, International Women's Day 2011
The theme for International Women's Day 2012 is Women's Economic Empowerment. Here's some more information from the International Women's Day website:
Economic Empowerment recognises that increasing women's access to quality education, meaningful employment, land and other resources contributes positively to gender inclusion, sustainable development and growth in prosperity.
Across the globe, 70 per cent of the world's poor are women, women earn less than 10 per cent of the world’s wages – but, women do more than two thirds of the world’s work. On average women reinvest 90 per cent of their income into their families while men invest only 30-40 per cent.
In Australia alone, closing the gap between female and male employment will boost Australia’s GDP by 11 per cent.
International Women’s Day 2012 is about celebrating the vital role women play in enhancing economic prosperity in their families, communities and countries while recognising that significant barriers to achieving women’s economic security and equality continue to exist.