How To Celebrate International Women's Day

Nicki Alchin
2nd Mar 2017

In case you keep forgetting to pat yourself on the back for being one hell of a sensational specimen of a woman, don’t worry, International Women's Day is just around the corner (Wednesday, March 8th to be precise). On this day, you can celebrate on an individual or collective level, the varied social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Yes – the fact that you may be the first woman in your family to graduate from university is worth celebrating, and so is Australia’s recent appointment of its first female High Court chief justice, Susan Kiefel, in 2016. There are so many highlights from the everyday to the extraordinary that we can acknowledge on a day like this.

So, take a break from your busy schedule to add your voice to the celebration. It’s time to applaud women in all of our wonderful unique guises and to #BeBoldForChange (the 2017 theme for International Women’s Day). Here’s five events to help you get into the mood. Go here for further inspiration.

Happy International Women’s Day to all.

Event: An Event To Celebrate Women And Their Wellbeing

When: Wednesday, March 8th 2017

Where: Hornsby Mall, intersection of George and Hunter Streets, Hornsby

Time: 10am to 2pm

Cost: Free

Bonus: first 150 attendees receive a goodie bag

TripleH 100.1FM and one of their Sunday morning presenters Lucy of Stay in the Loop with Lucy, are hosting a live radio broadcast and market from Hornsby Mall this International Women’s Day. They will be joined by a selection of fantastic women from the local area who will be offering services and advice from their market stalls with the aim of empowering and encouraging women to be bold in their everyday lives.

Stalls include:

  • Mini Massage
  • Healing
  • Mini Facials
  • Nutrition Advice
  • Exercise Advice and Demonstrations
  • Bra Consultations and Breast Screening Awareness
  • Financial Services
  • Wedding and Party Business
  • Psychological Services
  • Health Services
  • Business Services

Event: How to Create Harmony in a Life of Many Expectations

When: Wednesday, March 8th 2017

Where: Fix Wine Bar + Restaurant, 111 Elizabeth Street, Sydney (close to St James Station)

Time: 8.00am to 9.30am

Cost: $40


Bonus: Spirituality harmony enlightenment with breakfast

Hosted by Sydney’s Soul Mind Body Healing Centre, come embrace all that is spiritual and uplifting at this wonderful breakfast presented by Master Mirva Inkeri. Savour a wonderfully healthy breakfast from the kitchen of Fix Wine Bar and Restaurant as you gather Master Inkeri’s tips on creating harmony in your life with a focus on the feminine yin and guided meditation. Start off International Women’s Day on the right foot this year and #BeBoldForChange as you embark on your spiritual journey.  

Event: Creative Women In Biz

When: Wednesday, March 8th 2017

Where: Bobbin and Ink, 412 Parramatta Road, Petersham

Time: 6pm to 9pm

Cost: $5


Bonus: light refreshments, mingling fun times and a door prize

Bobbin and Ink at Petersham (Sydney’s only sewing and screen printing workshop) are running a special International Women’s Day talk to celebrate creative women and their businesses. The panel is made up of three successful women from the sewing and screen printing community. You can hear Emily of In the Folds, Mia of The Raisin Did It and Elinor of The Nylon Swish talk about being the highs and lows of their careers but most importantly how they have been able to #BeBoldForChange . Everyone is invited to enjoy this night of conversational discussion of women’s achievements and advances.

Event: Early Morning Yoga And Meditation

When: Wednesday, March 8th 2017

Where: King George V (KGV) Recreation Centre, 15 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney

Time: 6.30am to 9.30am

Cost: Free

Plan to be at the KGV Recreation Centre by 6.30am so you can start your dawn meditation by 6.45am followed at 7.00am with an hour yoga session. This event is being hosted by KGV, City of Sydney and the International Yoga Teachers Association together with EmpowerHour (an initiative of the charity Dress for Success). It is being hailed as the biggest yoga gathering in Australia. Participants will be joining together to form a human mandala. Come dressed in green and/or purple. Don’t worry about what level you might be up to with your yoga as all levels are welcomed.

Event: Western Sydney International Women's Day Breakfast

When: Wednesday, March 8th 2017

Where: The Auditorium, Parramatta Leagues Club, 13-15 O’Connell Street, Parramatta

Time: 6.45am to 8.30am

Cost: $50 per adult / $30 students (plus a booking fee of 30 cents per ticket)


Bonus: money raised will go towards UN WOMEN Australia Projects for women and girls in the Australian and Pacific areas; The Lisa Harnum Foundation; and The Sanctuary – The Hills Women’s Shelter.

Come enjoy a hot breakfast while listening to keynote speaker, Jackie Woods – Strategy and Engagement Executive Manager at the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.  The theme for this annual event is “Empower A Woman, Empower A Nation”. Jackie’s talk I am sure will be of interest as she heads a team responsible for the public affairs, partnership and education functions of the Agency. Attendees will also hear from two student guest speakers. This should be a great event for networking as it is being hosted by the ZONTA Club of Sydney Inc. in support of UN WOMEN – National Committee Australia and of course International Women’s Day.