March 8th is International Women's Day – 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.
If you're keen to celebrate, grab a friend and check out this list of amazing things that are happening across Aotearoa – including with our own NCWNZ branches. Get amongst it!
NCWNZ BRANCH EVENTS
International Women’s Day – Women and Money
Hosted by National Council of Women New Zealand – Auckland Branch
Mon 6 March, from 6.00pm
Xero offices, Parnell
The Auckland Branch of NCWNZ is hosting an International Women's Day panel event to learn about the importance of financial independence for women. Panellists will be Vanessa Morris (the Retirement Commission), Dr Ayesha Scott (AUT University), Rani Nalam (Financial Advisor), and hosted by Danielle Wood (Xero). Everyone of all genders, ages and abilities are welcome. Join us early for drinks and nibbles. The venue is fully accessible and there is plenty of paid and on-street parking available. Supported by Xero.
Fourth-Wave: International Women’s Day Celebration
Hosted by National Council of Women New Zealand – Wellington Branch
Sat 11 March, 7.00pm
Wharewaka Function Centre
For International Women’s Day 2023, we’re showcasing the voices and talents of women and gender diverse people in Aotearoa New Zealand. Join us at Fourth-Wave, a festival which aims to celebrate intersectionality and empower women through kōrero and performance. Fourth-Wave will feature dance, comedy, poetry, music, plus a live recording of a panel for our Get Woke Wellington radio show and podcast.
Women in Leadership Brunch celebrating International Women's Day
Sat 11 March, 8.30-10.45am
We invite all women to join us to celebrate International Women's Day with delicious breakfast (with bubbles!). This is an opportunity to meet, mingle and be inspired. Our guest speaker, Nicola Willis, Deputy Leader of the Opposition will be speaking about Women in Leadership. There will be a fundraising raffle supporting NZ Breast Cancer Foundation.
International Women's Day Breakfast
Hosted by Financial Services Council NZ
Wed 8 March, 7.30–9.30am
Our 2022 International Women's Day event saw over 1,200 registrations and more than 800 live attendees join in to hear from Hilary Barry and special guests. This year, we're continuing the momentum we started from the It Starts With Action campaign we ran last year in conjunction with over 100 supporters. We'll have inspiring stories to share from champions of change both in and outside the industry, updates from the campaign, the progress made on the FSC Declaration and the work we'll be doing in 2023 to continue improving women's financial wellbeing. Join us for a morning of inspiration and celebration, plus plenty of actionable takeaways on how to take action in your own workplace.
Her Money Matters – A kōrero on financial wellbeing
Wed 8 March, 12.00-1.30pm
Commercial Bay, PwC Tower
The Financial Markets Authority is hosting a panel event on financial wellbeing for women in celebration of International Women’s Day 2023, designed to inspire women towards financial empowerment. It’s now easier than ever to invest, but women still lag behind men in many financial wellbeing indicators like participation, confidence and self-rated knowledge. FMA’s research released last year that showed that investors are still more likely to be male, and women, on average, will retire with 20% less than men. Our event is designed to bring together women of all ages who are interested in their financial wellbeing and inspire better economic outcomes for women.
Kurawaka – Reaching into the Red Clay: Shaping Gender Justice in Aotearoa
28 Feb – 14 Jul
Te Puna Foundation Gallery, National Library of New Zealand
The Kurawaka exhibition tells how people in Aotearoa New Zealand have come together to push for gender equality in health. Artists Jessica Newton, Karla Marie and Maraea Gourlay have responded to the creation story of the first woman, Hineahuone, using natural fibres, clay and illustration. In this year, the 130th anniversary of the signing of the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition Te Petihana Whakamana Pōti Wāhine, their artworks speak of the ongoing politicisation of women’s bodies. Kurawaka tells the stories of trailblazing women who have helped bring about a more equitable society. Find out more here
IWD Parliamentary Breakfast 2023
Wed 8 March, 6.00am
NZ Parliament or via live stream
The Zonta Club of Wellington invite you to join us (in-person or virtually) for the annual breakfast event to celebrate International Women’s Day 2023. Hosted by the Hon Jan Tinetti, Minister for Women, the theme for 2023 is #EmbraceEquity. This event brings together some great speakers focused on embracing equity. Where equity means creating a fair and equal world for all. The keynote speakers are: Hon Jan Tinetti - Minister for Women, and Minister of Education; Her Excellency Mayor Tory Whanau - Mayor of Wellington; Ms Paula Tesoriero MNZM - Chief Executive, Whaikaha, Ministry of Disabled People; Jessie Wong - Founder and Director at Yu Mei.
Women Leading Business Lunch
in partnership with Z Energy
Wed 8 March, 12–2pm
Harbourside Function Venue
Approaching its 50th year, and inspired by universal female suffrage which was of course instigated in New Zealand in the late 19th century, International Women’s Day (IWD) is once again celebrated on March 8th. Focusing on issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights and violence and abuse against women, IWD is recognised by the Chamber through our Women Leading Business lunch, one of the most popular events on our calendar. This year, the theme is Embracing Equity (#EmbraceEquity) – celebrating women’s achievement, raising awareness about discrimination, and taking action to drive gender parity.
Intimate partner rape and the trial process: Research, reflections and reform
Wed 8 March, 5:30–7:30pm
RSVP by 3 March 2023
Banquet Hall, Parliament Buildings and Online
The Honourable Kiri Allan, Minister of Justice, in association with the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse and the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation, is hosting the book launch, lecture and networking event: Intimate partner rape and the trial process: This book launch will share research findings from the book by Elisabeth McDonald Prosecuting Intimate Partner Rape: The Impact of Misconceptions on Complainant Experience and Trial Process (Canterbury University Press, 2023).
Lead Like A Women
in partnership with Porirua City Council
Wed, 8 March 2023, 5:30–7:30pm
Supply Room, Porirua,
The Porirua Chamber of Commerce and Porirua City Council are excited to welcome you to our International Women's Day event Lead Like a Women with guest speaker Kristen Lunman. Inspired by International Women's Day and the strengths women leaders tend to exhibit, Kristen will share leadership traits that can build a business's resilience to overcome challenging times. How to lead with purpose; Why everyone should consider empathetic leadership; Radical collaboration for the win.
International Women's Day Breakfast
Wed 8 March, 7:30-9:00am
Isaac Theatre Royal
Dress for Success Christchurch is hosting an International Women's Day Breakfast event, celebrating the achievements of women globally and continuing to work towards making our world diverse, equitable and inclusive. The event will include a walk and talk breakfast followed by three inspiring women speaking and sharing their stories. Viv Whelan, Director of Christchurch Women's Prison, Janneth Gil, well known Christchurch photographer and Joy Reid, TVNZ journalist/reporter and founder of charity 'One Mother to Another'.
International Women's Day Garden Party – A celebration of women in construction
Sat 11 March, 1.30-4.00pm
Kate Sheppard House
The NAWIC Canterbury and WIN Canterbury Chapters are pleased to bring you this fabulous new event. Sit back and relax with a glass of bubbly whilst we entertain and inform you with our selection of fascinating speakers to celebrate International Women's Day at Kate Sheppard House.
The Port Hills Foundation International Women Celebration
Wed 8 March, 6.00-9.30pm
The Great Hall Arts Centre
International Women's Day Speaker Event
Wed 8 March, 6.00-8.00pm
Hosted by Humans of Christchurch, enjoy an empowering evening with a mix of speakers and performances that celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness against bias and empower us all to action for equity. This event is not just for women, but for anyone that supports gender equity.
Race Unity Week & International Women’s Day
6-9 March, daily from 11am-2pm
Whanganui Community Arts Centre
We’re celebrating Race Unity Week and International Women’s Day with open workshops to have a go at different ethnic crafts.
International Women's Day – Women in Medicine
Wed 8 March, 7:00-8:15am
The Zonta Club of Metropolitan Dunedin proudly invites you to attend: Women in Medicine: Reflections on My Journey and Future Aspirations. Presented by Professor Joanne Baxter, Dean, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago. Join us for a buffet breakfast at Fable, 310 Princes Street to hear from Professor Baxter and celebrate International Women's Day.
International Women's Day Panel Discussion
Wed 8 March 5.30-7.30pm
Caccia Birch House, Palmerston North
New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (PN), Palmerston North City Council and Embassy of the Republic of Poland invite you to join for a panel discussion, followed by live Q & A, celebrating women on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2023, 5:30 pm at Caccia Birch, Palmerston North. The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2023 (IWD 2023) is, “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”. The event will bring together technologists, entrepreneurs, international representatives, education providers and community organisations to highlight the role of all stakeholders.
Beef + Lamb NZ: Ladies Long Lunch
Wed 8 March, 10.30am-2.30pm
Orlando Country, Palmerston North
Beef + Lamb New Zealand recognises the importance of women in our sheep and beef industry. This day has been designed to help bring rural women from across the region together to be inspired and make wider network connections. Join us for a delicious lunch, hear from some inspirational rural women and connect with farming ladies from throughout the Western North Island Region.