International Women's Day


International Women’s Day is celebrated globally each year on 8 March. It’s an important day to recognise the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and girls. Across our schools, workplaces and wider education community, we strive to achieve gender parity, creating positive environments where everyone can succeed and maximise their own individual potential.

International Women’s Day is celebrated during Queensland Women’s Week.

Across the department, we will be holding a range of other events and activities to support the day. Please check with your school or workplace for more details.

Get inspired by watching our International Women’s Day video and use the downloadable graphics for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter on your own social media channels.

Across Australia, this year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #ChooseToChallenge. Find out how you can get involved and set your own challenge by visiting the International Women's Day national website. Share your activities on social media using #ChooseToChallenge and #IWD2021.

Queensland Women’s Week – 3–14 March 2021

Held annually, Queensland Women’s Week is an expansion of International Women’s Day, providing for a week long, statewide celebration of the achievements of Queensland women and girls. Find out what is happening locally near you on the Queensland Women's Week homepage.

Investing in Queensland Women grants

In line with Queensland Women’s Week, the Queensland Government has launched the Investing in Queensland Women grants program. This program consolidates and replaces the previous Queensland Women’s Week, Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month and Sexual Violence Awareness Month grants programs.

Incorporated, not-for-profit, community sector organisations and Queensland local government authorities are eligible to apply for one-off funding of up to $15,000 to deliver initiatives that align with the Queensland Government’s strategic priorities for women and girls. Round 2 funding will open on 1 July 2021 for initiatives that will be delivered within a 6-month period. Parents’ and citizens associations may be eligible to apply. Guidelines and eligibility criteria can be found at Investing in Queensland Women grants.

United Nations International Women’s Day – resources for schools

To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March 2021, United Nations (UN) Australia has developed a free schools kit for primary and secondary schools to download.

In 2021, UN Women is recognising and celebrating the achievements of women in leadership.

The school kits provide inspirational stories of women leaders from across the world and ideas for classroom activities.

Visit the UN Women Australia’s website to find out how women and girls have helped shape a more equal future.

Department of Education Pathways to Parity workforce strategy

When students are understood and have role models like them, they have the best chance of succeeding. Our workforce is pivotal to accomplishing this, as students form gender stereotypes based on their observation of role models within the school environment. Creating inclusive, gender balanced workplaces is vital to delivering inclusive educational services and a better future for all Queenslanders.

The department aims to provide workplaces where all employees have the same rights, access and opportunities to employment and career pathways, enabling them to balance work and life commitments and participate fully in our workplaces.

The Pathways to Parity – accelerating the path to gender parity (PDF, 1MB) sets out a clear plan on how the department will achieve increased gender parity and demonstrate the value we place on the diversity of our staff.

Other initiatives and programs

Last updated 05 March 2021