International Women's Day

What is it and why have it?

IWD is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

The day has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911. It is not country, group or organisation specific – and belongs to all people collectively everywhere.

Inspiring IWD video messages

Australia’s first and only woman Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Quentin Bryce AC CVO shares the importance of IWD and what it means to her.