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Be Part of the Action Over Lunch This International Women's Day

By Bree Pagliuso|

Get ready to rally behind the strength and resilience of women worldwide as we gear up to celebrate International Women's Day at UN Women Australia’s IWD Lunch 2024. This isn't just any celebration – it's a call to action, urging us all to roll up our sleeves and propel gender equality forward with unwavering enthusiasm over a delicious meal.

Breaking down barriers

Sure, we've made some strides, but let's not kid ourselves – there's still a long way to go.

This year's theme, "Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress." is all about empowering women economically. Inspired by the United Nations' work, it's a call to break down barriers so that women and girls can succeed in all parts of the economy.

Despite some progress, many women still struggle to get education, jobs, financial help, and even basic literacy.


Big impact!

Get ready to leave feeling like you can conquer the world (spoiler alert: you absolutely can).

At this year's UN Women Australia International Women's Day lunch at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), you're invited to be part of the change.

More than just a meal; it's a celebration of women.

Hear from leaders and changemakers reshaping systems. Join Michele Bullock, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Rachel Yang from Giant Leap, Nicola Roxon of HESTA, and Cathy Scalzo from Australians Investing in Women. It promises to be an empowering afternoon of networking and inspiring discussions; all centred around the 2024 theme Count Her In Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress.

Be a part of the movement shaping a brighter, more equitable future for all.

Register online today

Date: 8 March 2024

Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm


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