Last year, under Australia’s leadership, G20 leaders committed to closing the workforce participation gap between men and women by 25% by 2025. This landmark commitment recognised the opportunity that women’s workforce participation presents around the world and the damage that continued underutilisation was having on global growth and the perpetuation of gender inequality.

This week, the Australian National Committee for UN Women is hosting events around the country to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th.

At events held in capital cities around Australia 10,000 people will celebrate the achievements of women and reflect on progress made since 1995 when the Fourth World Conference on Women adopted the Beijing Platform for Action – the most progressive blueprint ever produced for advancing women’s rights.