International Women’s Day FAQs

Who to contact

We are a small team and experience a large volume of calls and emails in the lead up to the events.  We have done our best to answer any questions you may have below.  If you can’t find the answer you are looking for, please email [email protected] or call 0474 936 933.

Terms & Conditions

Please click here to view our Terms and Conditions of ticket/table purchase and Privacy Policy.

Event Details

There are plenty of ways to support UN Women Australia this International Women’s Day. Please refer to the relevant IWD pages for ideas:

IWD for Community – ideas for individuals and community groups

IWD for Business – ideas, tools and resources for businesses

IWD for Schools – educational resources and fundraising ideas

The International Women’s Day 2023 theme, Cracking the Code: Innovation for a Gender Equal Future, highlights the role that bold, transformative ideas, inclusive technologies and accessible education can play in combatting discrimination and the marginalisation of women globally.

If we are to reach a gender equal future, we must crack the cultural, economic, social codes and behaviours that entrench society.

This IWD, UN Women Australia will explore how innovation, inclusion and education have the power to disrupt “business as usual” and crack the code to a gender equal future.

Find out more here

It is important we remember that International Women’s Day on 8 March has been marked as Global Day of Observance by the United Nations since 1977.

It is a pivotal moment to focus the world’s attention on gender equality and the empowerment of women – to reflect on progress, call for change and to celebrate the courage and determination of those who have changed the face of gender equality.

The UN Women theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) each year is tied to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) – the largest gathering of activists, governments, philanthropic and corporate stakeholders working to advance gender equality.

In recent years there has been confusion over the theme and fundraising efforts for IWD, with the emergence of profit-based entities seeking support for initiatives unrelated to charity or philanthropic efforts for women and girls.

As the Australian chapter of UN Women, we use IWD as a powerful moment to raise funds for the women and girls of the world who need it most. The most effective way for us to accelerate the pace of gender equality globally is to unite in these efforts.

Choose a trusted registered Australian charity this International Women’s Day. Look for this mark when making your donation. 

In 2023, UN Women Australia will be holding our IWD events in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, and streamed online on Friday 3 March 2022. Please refer to our event pages for the locations of the events in each city.

The interactive virtual hub provides you with access to our full IWD 2023 program of speakers. You can watch the headline speakers in the main auditorium, move between virtual rooms streaming the local live events, immerse yourself in UN Women stories and projects, or make a life-changing donation.

You can access the virtual hub live on the day or after the event. Content will be available until midnight on Sunday 19 March 2023.

Formal proceedings will be 2.5 hours. We have allowed for registration time in the published event timings. Please refer to the Program and Ticket Summary for more details. 

This IWD we are delighted to feature an exclusive headline presentation from the ‘me too.’ movement activists Tarana Burke and Alyssa Milano.

This exclusive segment will feature an in-depth interview with Tarana Burke, founder of the ‘me too.’ movement and Australian Walkley Award winning journalist, and activist in her own right, Tracey Spicer AM.

Alyssa Milano, fearless activist, Hollywood actor and producer will deliver a personal presentation to introduce this powerful segment, streamed into the room of all five IWD fundraising events and online via the live virtual hub.

View our full line up of inspiring local speakers here

Yes, please have your ticket barcode ready for scanning (either printed or on your phone). You will be told your table number as you check-in. Our friendly volunteers will be on hand to provide assistance and direct you to your table.

Therefore, please ensure that all attendee details are complete by Friday 17 February. Providing these details will facilitate a smooth registration process. Any guests who are not fully registered by this date will have to provide their details when they arrive at the event, which may result in queues. We are also be unable to cater for special dietary requirements after 17 February.

Dress code is smart casual.

The content across all events will be available to access via the hub until midnight on Sunday 19 March 2023.

All events will include a two-course lunch and a drink on arrival. A cash bar will be available for guests who wish to purchase additional drinks.

Our IWD events are our main fundraising activity for the year and raise vital funds for the world’s women and girls. Our volunteers will be circulating the tables at the live events asking for donations which can be made via EFTPOS machines or online. There will also be a link to donate on the virtual hub. Your donations are incredibly important and we thank you in advance.

We have taken your feedback on board! We have built in plenty of time to socialise with your table and other guests at the live events.

Purchasing Tickets

Please refer to the Program and Ticket Summary for 2023 prices and inclusions. If your question relating to ticket sales is not included here, please email [email protected].

Join the largest movement for gender equality in the world by becoming a member of UN Women Australia and you will gain access to member pricing. Keep in mind it can take up to three business days for your membership to be processed (and tickets and tables are selling fast!) so the best way to guarantee your table or ticket is to book now. Check out our website to become a member of UN Women Australia and gain access to a range of membership benefits.

Standard corporate tables include 10 tickets to the virtual hub. Premium corporate tables include 20 tickets to the virtual hub. In order to claim these tickets, visit the link provided on the confirmation page after you have placed an order for the live event and type in your order number to register your tickets.

This is an opportunity for you to “pay-it-forward” to individuals and organisations who would otherwise not be able to experience our events.  Pay-it-forward tickets are designed to make our events more accessible to community groups or small not-for-profit organisations. You can buy individual tickets, a table or a bundle of virtual tickets via the normal booking process on our website. There are a number of individuals and organisations across Australia who support our work and who would benefit hugely from your generosity and this opportunity to attend.

You can either add your name to the waitlist and you will be advised once more tickets become available, or you can buy tickets to the virtual event.

There will be 10 seats per table.

Unfortunately, you will not be able to select your table position or seats this year. Table positions and seats will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Standard and premium corporate tables will have priority seating.

As you would if you were buying tickets to the theatre, we recommend that you buy your tickets as a group to guarantee seats together. If you purchase tickets individually, we will not be able to accommodate any seating requests. All corporate table purchases are prioritised ahead of grouped individual ticket purchases.

Should a live event or allocation of tickets need to be cancelled due to Covid-19 related restrictions, the streamed event will still go ahead. All live ticket holders will be able to transfer to streamed tickets and the cost difference can either be refunded or gifted to UN Women Australia.

Participants may cancel their tickets without penalty up until 30 days prior to the event. Cancellations received within 30 to 14 days before the event will incur a 50% administration fee. Cancellations received less than 14 days before the event will be non-refundable. All cancellations must be made in writing to [email protected]. Please to the terms and conditions for full details.

All tickets are transferable more than 14 days prior to the event. If transferred within 14 days prior to the event, updated names may not be recorded on tickets or seating lists and dietary requirements may not be catered for. Transfers should be made in writing by the registered person to [email protected]. All other details will be assigned to the new person unless otherwise specified.

Ticket sales for the live events will close at 5 pm on Friday 17 February 2023, unless sold out.

Ticket sales for the virtual event will close at 5 pm on Thursday 2 March 2023.

The preferred way to purchase tickets and to secure a table is to book online with a credit card, which guarantees your ticket/table selection immediately. We strongly encourage payment by credit card due to the popularity of the event as tables sell out quickly. Please click here to book online.

Should you wish to pay via EFT and require an invoice, it can be done so by choosing the invoice option at checkout. Note that payment terms for the invoice are strictly 7 days. The invoice does not confirm your table until payment has been made. If payment is not received within the 7-day terms, the table may be returned for sale and the invoice cancelled.

Corporate tables receive:

  • Table with preferential placement
  • Company logo displayed on table (A5)
  • Company logo on PPT presentation shown on large screens throughout event
  • A way to demonstrate your organisation’s commitment to women, both within your organisation and to your customers, clients and key stakeholders more broadly
  • 10 tickets to the virtual platform (worth $600)

Premium tables receive:

  • Table with VIP placement
  • Company logo displayed on table (A5)
  • Company logo on PPT presentation shown on large screens throughout event
  • A way to demonstrate your organisation’s commitment to women, both within your organisation and to your customers, clients and key stakeholders more broadly
  • Company logo displayed on relevant IWD event pages
  • Complimentary ribbons for table attendees
  • 20 tickets to the virtual platform (worth $1,200)

If you don’t have your guest details, you are able to proceed with the main booking contact information only, to complete the purchase. You will receive a confirmation email once booked, simply select ‘edit order’ to update attendee information at any stage before 5 pm on Friday 17 February 2023.

Providing these details will facilitate a smooth registration process. Any guests who are not fully registered by this date will have to provide their details when they arrive at the event, which may result in queues. We will also be unable to cater for special dietary requirements.

Individual ticket holders will be emailed a unique link to access the virtual event 48 hours prior. If you purchased multiple virtual tickets, you must register the details for each person attending the virtual event by 5 pm Thursday 2 March.

If you purchase a virtual group of 50, you will receive a unique code to share with your guests who will need to individually pre-register for the virtual event by 5 pm Thursday 2 March.

Yes! After the live event, we will email you a complimentary, unique link to the virtual hub. You will be able to access the content across all 5 cities until midnight on Sunday 19 March 2023.

Each registration triggers a unique link so please do not share your confirmation email. If your ticket is forwarded to others, only the first person to use it will be granted access so you may be blocked and will not be able to gain access on event day.

Other Questions

You can purchase merchandise from our online store here.

Attendee safety is a priority at our live events. We will adhere to all government guidelines at each venue. You will be kept informed of any updates should new restrictions arise.

Fantastic! Please contact [email protected] for details on how to access the live stream.  Note that the live stream content is a reduced version of our full program.

The best way to upload your company logo is to follow the ‘edit your order’ link from the confirmation email you would have received when you purchased tickets. This will allow you to view your order and upload your logo.

We ask that you upload a high resolution .jpeg image logo at least 200dpi on a white background via your online account by the Friday 03 February.

No, our events are inclusive. Human rights are universal and apply to everyone, and we welcome anyone who supports our work to achieve gender equality.

Yes, our events are inclusive and everyone is welcome!

While we certainly encourage the participation of younger audiences, please be aware that some topics covered may be sensitive or triggering. Where possible we will provide trigger warnings when discussing distressing themes, however, if you are planning on sharing our virtual content with a younger audience and have specific concerns, we recommend you screen the content prior to sharing it.

A sell-out IWD breakfast is run every year in Adelaide in support of UN Women Australia. For more details on the Adelaide IWD Breakfast hosted by Senator Penny Wong, with guest speaker Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, please visit

Still have questions?

If the answer you are looking for is not listed here, please email [email protected].