International Women's Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated internationally on the 8th of March each year and provides a day for celebration and reflection on how far we have come, and how far we still have to go in achieving gender equality.

Each year Western Sydney University marks this day by hosting a staff breakfast or luncheon and inviting key note speakers to present on key gender equity issues along with other University events.


International Women's Day 2020 Events


Network for Emerging Women

Our first Network for Emerging Women (NEW) event of 2020 is scheduled for the morning of 9 March 2020 at Parramatta South’s Female Orphan School - we would love to see you there! We will be joined by Western's own Engagement Marketing team to talk about how to leverage different social media platforms to help you achieve your goals, whether these be building your career profile, sharing your successes, or gaining exposure for your programs and/or research.!

In addition, our incredibly talented University Photographer, Sally Tsoutas, will be on location to capture free professional photos that you can use to put your best face forward online and in the workplace.

  • Date: Monday 9 March
  • Time: Arrive at 9am for a 9:30am start
  • Venue: Female Orphan School, Parramatta South Campus

Please REGISTER ONLINE asap.

For further information, please contact Maegan Baker, phone (02) 9683 8115 or email maegan.baker@westernsydney.edu.au.


International Women's Day Staff Luncheon

Each year Western Sydney University marks this day by hosting a staff breakfast or luncheon inviting key note speakers to present on key gender equity issues. This annual event provides an opportunity for staff to come together to recognise the achievements of women in our community, and promote the sharing of ideas in our continued journey towards gender equality.

This year, our staff luncheon guests will be fortunate to have Professor Belinda Medlyn from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment as our keynote speaker. Professor Medlyn is an ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellow, Professor of Ecosystem Modelling and a mother of two. She will share her reflections on her career development and experience as a woman in science.

  • Date: Monday 9 March
  • Time: 11am – 1.30pm
  • Venue: Building EG (Recreation Hall), Parramatta South Campus

Registrations are now closed due to this event reaching capacity. If you would like to be placed on the standby list, please contact Kimberley Pangilinan (details below) and in the event a seat becomes available, you will be contacted.

For further information, please contact Kimberley Pangilinan, phone (02) 9678 7372 or email K.Pangilinan@westernsydney.edu.au.


Senior Women's Group (SWG)

We have scheduled the first Senior Women's Group (SWG) event to coincide with the University’s International Women’s Day Luncheon.

  • Date: Monday 9 March
  • Time: 1:30pm - 3pm
  • Venue: Female Orphan School Conference Room, Parramatta South Campus

Our first SWG meeting for this year will feature presentations from two of our own senior women, followed by afternoon tea and the opportunity to network.

Associate Professor Mary Hardie - Mary is the Director of Academic Program for Undergraduate Building Design Management in the School of Built Environment. She is a registered architect and has worked in the construction industry for over 40 years. She has a particular interest in sustainable construction and construction innovation, and has won a number of awards for her design work.

Ms Jennie Nelson - Jennie is the Cluster Manager for Science in the University's Technical Support Services team. Also a published researcher in Forensic Science, Jennie was a Churchill Fellow in 2008 and a winner of an Endeavour Executive Fellowship in 2011.

Please make sure you REGISTER ONLINE to save your seat.

For further information, please contact Maegan Baker, phone (02) 9683 8115 or email maegan.baker@westernsydney.edu.au.


Western Sydney University Women of the West Awards

Each year, Western Sydney University publicly celebrates the outstanding leadership and diversity of women who live and work in Greater Western Sydney. Our Women of the West Awards honour these women and formally recognise their contributions to the development of the region with an awards ceremony to be held in conjunction with the Coleman Greig Women in Business Forum.

Find out more at Women of the West.


NICM HRI Women's Networking Breakfast with Lisa Curry

In the spirit of celebrating International Women’s Day and in conjunction with NICM Health Research Institute's inaugural Influential Women in Natural Therapies Symposium, join us at our first Women’s Networking Breakfast with guest speaker Lisa Curry AO MBE on Wednesday 11 March 2020.

  • Date: Wednesday 11 March
  • Time: 7am - 8:20am
  • Venue: NICM Health Research Institute, Westmead Campus
  • Cost: $75 (Includes address by Lisa Curry AO MBE and continental breakfast)

Please REGISTER ONLINE or visit the NICM Health Research Institute for further information.


NICM HRI Influential Women in Natural Therapies Symposium

In 2020, NICM Health Research Institute will host an inaugural one-day Symposium in the new Jacka Foundation Conference Centre, bringing together Australia’s most influential women in natural therapies to celebrate and mark International Women’s Day and women in STEM (Science, Technology, Industry and Mathematics).

  • Date: Wednesday 11 March
  • Time: 8:40am - 6:30pm
  • Venue: NICM Health Research Institute, Westmead Campus
  • Cost: $395 (Includes access to all Symposium sessions plus a welcome morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, and canapĂ©s and drinks.)

Please REGISTER ONLINE or visit the NICM Health Research Institute for further information.

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