International Women’s Day, on 8 March, is a celebration of all women – and a time to look to their social, economic, cultural and political achievements.

This year, more than ever, we should be recognising women. Women have stood on the frontline of the pandemic, as healthcare workers, educators, caregivers, community organisers, and innovators.

Nearly 4 in 5 workers in health care and social assistance across the nation are women. This includes our nurses, midwives, doctors, pharmacists, allied health, aged care, social workers, and community welfare workers. And more than two thirds of our teachers are women.

Women have also been at the forefront of Victorian community volunteer efforts as we work towards reconnection and recovery. In doing so, they have supported the physical and mental health of the entire community.

It truly has been women who have kept Victoria moving through the COVID-19 crisis and there’s no better day than International Women’s Day to recognise this and to celebrate their contributions.

International Women’s Day is also a chance to look the ways we can make the world a better place for women.

Indeed, this year, the International Women’s Day theme is ‘choose to challenge – it’s a theme that centres on our individual thoughts and actions. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality in all its forms.

And collectively, we can all help to create a more inclusive, gender-equal world.

Celebrate Victorian women

As you ‘choose to challenge’ we invite you to celebrate Victorian women on International Women’s Day and over the coming weeks through our profile series showcasing outstanding women.

Follow along on the Women Victoria social channels to read the stories of women who have been on the frontline of the pandemic and who are working tirelessly towards reconnection and recovery.

It’s been a challenging time, but from challenge comes change – so, as we work towards a more gender equal future, let’s celebrate Victorian women who are leading the way.

Women Vic

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6 women share their thoughts on the importance of International Women's Day

Aishwarya Vishwanath


Cherylynn McGurgan


Emily Ulman


Hayley Dureau


Monica Majak


Dr. Mya Cubitt


Reviewed 10 March 2021

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