About International Women’s Day

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality. This year’s official International Women’s Day theme #EachforEqual asks how can we each help to forge an equal world? Will you celebrate women’s achievements, stop gendered bias and discrimination, or act for equality?

Message from UNSW Gender Champions

Gender parity (and diversity) has gone mainstream in the last couple of years. IWD provides the opportunity to celebrate progress and highlight the issues that remain. It is an issue that requires social, financial and political change at all levels – globally, national, institutionally and locally. The research shows that a diverse, gender inclusive workplace promotes better performance and innovation. Gender related opportunity and balance is still variable, depending on where you live and where you work. There are still many issues that need to be addressed including closing the gender pay gap, equal rights, eliminating physical and sexual violence, addressing unpaid work and it will take collective action to make a difference. UNSW continues to promote gender equality through action. It is the responsibility of each individual, to stand up and be counted – ‘Each for Equal!’

Adrienne Torda

UNSW Gender Champion (co-lead)
Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine

Vinita Chanan

UNSW Gender Champion (co-lead)
Director, Alliances

IWD 2020 UNSW Events

The Best & Worst Countries for Women: Measuring Equality with the WPS Index

In celebration of International Women's Day, join us for the launch of the Second Edition Global Women, Peace & Security Index.

Date And Time

Tue., 3 March 2020
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm


UNSW Kensington Campus
The Galleries, John Scientia Building (Map Ref: G19)


SALLY RUGG | International Women's Day

Join us for an inspirational panel discussion with keynote presenter Sally Rugg this International Women's Day.

Date And Time

Fri., 6 March 2020
10:00 am – 11:30 am


UNSW Kensington Campus
Leighton Hall, John Scientia Building (Map Ref: G19)


Gender equality is not just a women’s issue, but everyone’s issue.

This International Women’s Day, let’s realise the important role we all play to help make gender equality a reality.

Sign your name and join UNSW’s #BETTERTOGETHER pledge.

Sign the pledge


I will join the UNSW community and promise to challenge gender stereotypes, gender bias and discrimination. I will strive to be part of the solution and will influence change through my individual actions and behaviours.

people have signed the pledge

Vanessa Huron from Division of Research
made the pledge (2 years ago)

Yu Jing from MERE
made the pledge (2 years ago)

Nicholle Lindner from Business
made the pledge (2 years ago)

Pratiksha Bhatt from Medicine
made the pledge (2 years ago)

Hiranya Jayakody from Engineering
made the pledge (2 years ago)

Amanda Erratt from The Kirby Institute
made the pledge (2 years ago)

What UNSW is doing for gender equality

We are actively committed to advancing gender equity for our students and staff:

  • Appointed Professor Eileen Baldry, the first female and Deputy-Vice Chancellor for Equity Diversity and Inclusion at UNSW.

  • We received the 2018 Athena Swan Bronze Award for our commitment to improving gender equity in STEMM disciplines.

  • We report publicly against our 2025 gender targets.

    • 40% of our senior academics will be women by 2025. In 2019, women contributed to 33% of all senior academic roles.

    • 50% of professional staff at Higher Education Worker Level 10 and above will be women. In 2018, we surpassed this initial target. Women now attribute to 51.9% of professional staff at Levels 10 and above.

    • Special recruitment measures for women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were approved to address underrepresentation across specific areas of the University, including STEM and the Australia Defence Force Academy.

  • 2019 – 2020 Gender Champions continue to improve gender equity outcomes for students, staff over their fixed two-year term.

  • The University launched the Sexual Misconduct Reporting Portal and encourages students and staff to confidentially and/or anonymously report any experiences of sexual assault or harassment

  • Representatives from across UNSW meet quarterly to review equity issues and initiatives as part of the Equity Diversity and Inclusion Board.

  • Established EDI Committees in Faculties and UNSW Canberra to support policies, programs events and training to deliver better outcomes

Download Resources

Face the Facts

The Australian Human Rights Commission reported revealing facts in 2018 that highlight the significant progress and challenges ahead for gender equality.


Gender Equality is not a Women's Issue

On International Women’s Day last year, Julia Gillard shared what we need for a more gender equal world.


UNSW International Women’s Day Info Pack

Find out how to get involved in International Women’s Day 2020.