International Women's Day 2024

Rebecca Varidel
4th Mar 2024

International Women's Day on 8 March each year celebrates globally the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. If you are banding together with your crew for IWD, here's a few ideas about how to celebrate here in Sydney.

Bar Lucia Menu Inspired By Penélope Cruz available only on IWD, each dish of the artistic set menu ($89 per person, minimum 2 ppl) is a delicious nod to a curated selection of films starring Penélope Cruz – think movie classics Vicky Cristina Barcelona for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Open Your Eyes and Broken Embraces to name a few.

The ancient heirloom tomato gazpacho/ oil threesome (charcoal, tarragon and chilli) is inspired by the 2008 comedy romance Vicky Cristina Barcelona in which Cruz stars opposite Javier Bardem. The Jamon Serrano Duroc Gran Reserva 18 months, a tribute to the 1992 comedy romance Jamón Jamón, while the octopus carpaccio/braised potato mousse/nduja oil/fennel and mint salad, a reference to Abre los ojos “ Open Your Eyes” the 1997 psychological thriller opposite Eduardo Noriega – these just a preview of the tasty temptations on the menu. The culinary cinematic adventure continues with mains including a seafood paella featuring squid ink, calamari, mussels, prawns and scallops, or there is a pork belly paella with morcilla, capsicum in a romesco sauce. The vegetarian menu is equally artistic with highlights such as the stuffed padron peppers with Meredith goat cheese, romesco and smoked almonds – a nod to the 2012 Italian feature Venuto al mondo Twice Born.

Sydney Opera House’s centrepiece talks festival All About Women will return on 10 March, featuring an extraordinary line-up with more than 50 international and Australian artists, thinkers, and storytellers. Closing the week of International Women’s Day, the program continues to challenge assumptions about gender and power through agenda-setting conversations. Featuring 24 inspiring events, ranging across a full day of conversations, panels and workshops exploring issues around our bodies, desire, consent, and identity; and teasing out new ideas about gossip, parenthood, beauty, consumerism. A selection of eight talks and panels will be livestreamed, accessible from anywhere in the world via Stream.

All About Women in-venue tickets
All About Women livestream tickets

Almuntada the Iraqi Australian University Graduates Forum is organising the 2024 International Women's Day in collaboration with Settlement Services International (SSI) sponsored by Liverpool City Council and CORE Community Services Sunday 10 March 4pm – 8pm at Casula Powerhouse. Their aim is accelerating gender equality through economic empowerment and celebrating Women’s success.

International Women’s Day Morning Tea by Campbelltown City Council is a free event Tuesday 5 March celebrating women at the Greg Percival Library> The morning will include great conversation, lucky door prizes and easy, interesting crafts in a relaxing morning making new friends. A delicious morning tea will be provided.

International Women's Day with Anna Funder award-winning writer and author of Wifedom: Mrs Orwell's Invisible Life as she unpacks how the patriarchy continues to maintain the status quo – using the extraordinary lives of Eileen O’Shaughnessy and George Orwell to show it in microcosm. This event is co-hosted by the UTS Centre for Social Justice & Inclusion and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The event will also be live-streamed, so you have the option to attend in-person or tune in online.

"In a patriarchal system, women’s relationships transform into a role – Mother. Wife. – that erases their individuality and signs them up to a motherload of unpaid labour.

In Australia, women do more than nine hours more unpaid work and care each week than men, and do more unpaid housework than men even when they are the primary breadwinner. Nowhere in the world is this trend reversed. Women’s domestic labour upholds households and economies but is too often devalued and unacknowledged.

It’s a bargain few people, including men, want to be part of. Yet it stubbornly persists."

Pictured Bar Lucia’s female team from left to right: Marta Sokolowska (Milpa Collective General Manager), Julene Andres (Bar Lucia Manager), Esmeralda Perez (Milpa Collective Culinary Director) and Kasia Sobiesiak (Wine Writer). Photo by James Pellegrino