International Women’s Day

#BeBoldForChange and celebrate International Women’s Day

Yarra is celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March 2017 with a range of events and activities to highlight and recognise the achievements of women.

To mark this international event, Council is calling on Yarra to support this year’s #BeBoldForChange theme aiming to forge a more gender inclusive world.

The two key local events on Wednesday 8 March are the 2017 Inspirational Women of Yarra Award morning tea and award ceremony and the Yarra International Women’s Day Business Luncheon.

Council is hosting a series of other events across Yarra to commemorate International Women’s Day. See details on all events below:

2017 Inspirational Women of Yarra Award morning tea and award ceremony

Wednesday 8 March, 10.30am-11.30am, Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Road, Richmond.  This annual award celebrates and acknowledges the unique and important contribution women make to Yarra. Community members are welcome to attend this free event. For further information visit 2017 Inspirational Women of Yarra Award.

Reserve your place at the morning tea and award ceremony today.

Yarra International Women’s Day Business Luncheon

Wednesday 8 March 12noon-2.30pm, Amora Riverwalk Hotel , 649 Bridge Road, Richmond. Hear from inspirational speaker Stephanie Woollard, a Melbourne-born social entrepreneur and creator of the international aid organisation Seven Women, which aims to empower marginalised women through skills training & employment. To book, visit Business Lunch tickets 

 Yarra libraries events

  • Creating Community to Celebrate Diversity  - Tuesday 7 March, 7pm-8.45pm, Richmond Theatrette, 415 Church Street Richmond.  A panel discussion delving into the issues of gender equality, identity and race. Panelists include Nkechi Anele , a graduate of VCA and the front woman of national and international touring band Saskwatch and Chloe Turner, a founding board member of LISTEN which aims to  spark and cultivate a conversation from a feminist perspective around experiences of marginalised people in Australian music.
  • Women celebrate body and mind yoga and zumba classes – Wednesday 8 March, Fitzroy Town Hall, zumba 4.30pm-5pm and yoga 5pm-5.30pm. This is a joint event organised by Council’s library and leisure services teams.
  • Women of Action, an evening of enthralling conversation and performance in celebration of International Women’s Day 2017 - Thursday 9 March from 6pm-8pm, Reading Room, Fitzroy Town Hall. Featuring Dr Liz Connor, writer, historian, lecturer and activist; Sasha Sarago, Australia’s first Indigenous and ethnic women’s lifestyle magazine founder; Maurial Spearim, Gamilaraay, Kooma, Muruuwari nation actor, explorer of theatre, song and dance; Kathryn Jamieson, former stunt woman turned fashion designer for Gun Shy designs; and Bibi, Congolese make-up artist, storyteller of resilience and determination.  Book online for this free event or call 1300 695 427. Sponsored by The Thomas, Samuel & George Ewing Trust.

For information on the library events, visit  Yarra libraries

Arts and Cultural events

  • The Damage Report by Zo Damage - Friday 3 March– Friday 10 March, The Old Bar and The Old Bar Gallery, 74 – 76 Johnston Street, Fitzroy.  This is the first showing of photographer Zo Damage’s work exploring and documenting 365 consecutive days of live music and music culture. Her perspective is unique and insightful and many of her subjects are women.  A program of live music will accompany the exhibition. This project is funded by the City of Yarra through a Small Project Grant.
  • Pucker Up by Polly Hollyoak – Wednesday  8 March – Friday 12 May, Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Road, Richmond. In this exhibition, artist Polly Hollyoak straddles the boundaries between abstraction and representational forms. She explores notions of consumption and desire through highlighting the volume and cacophony of visual advertising to which we are incessantly exposed. As a female artist she is drawn to the imagery used in the marketing towards women. She finds society’s obsession intriguing and her work reflect this. The project is part of Council’s Locale Program which provides opportunities for artists to exhibit in Council spaces.
  • One of One Bakehouse Breakfast, Bakehouse Studios, Richmond - One of One is an online community that shines the spotlight on women and people that identify as being a woman in the Australian music industry. The One of One Bakehouse Breakfast will be the first official event at the beautiful Bakehouse Studios and will become an annual breakfast to be held in celebration of International Women’s day. This event is for Women in Music, which is an industry unique to all others and is a celebration of women in music. For further information please contact

Further information, visit Yarra City Arts

Leisure events

  • Heather Chapman Memorial Awards - Established to honour former Yarra Leisure staff member Heather Chapman, who passed away in 2015. Heather will always be remembered for her sense of humour, zest for life, and passion for the community.  There will be two awards in 2017, one to a Yarra Leisure Services staff member and the other to a member of the community. Both will be presented to women who display Heather’s characteristics while contributing above and beyond to the Yarra community.  The Heather Chapman Memorial Awards will be presented at the City of Yarra International Women’s Day awards ceremony. For further information contact Katherine Thom on 9205 5371 or 
  • Women Making Waves  - Women Making Waves is a women only pool session every Saturday night. Women staff run the session and cover the glass windows and doors to create a private swimming space. It is popular with women of CALD backgrounds. The International Women’s Day session is on Saturday 11 March 6.30 to 8.30pm at Collingwood Leisure Centre, Turnbull Street, Clifton Hill. No bookings required. Casual entry price of $6.50 full and $3.30 concession.  
  • Mums n Bubs Story time by the Pool – free events featuring water inspired rhymes and stories by the pool for mums and their bubs (ages six months – 4 years). A session will be held on Monday 6 March at 10am at Collingwood Leisure Centre, Turnbull Street, Clifton Hill and another on Wednesday 8 March at 10am at Richmond Recreation Centre. No bookings required.

 For further information on International Women’s Day, contact Maryanne Clarke, Policy Advisor, Gender Equity  on 9205 5240 or

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