International Women’s Day 2023

UN Women Australia’s International Women’s Day theme for 2023 is ‘Cracking the Code: Innovation for a gender equal future’.

Based on the priority theme for the United Nations 67th Commission on the Status of Women – Cracking the Code highlights the role that bold, transformative ideas, inclusive technologies, and accessible education can play in combatting discrimination and the marginalisation of women globally.

Innovation is a driver of change and by embracing new technologies and championing the unique skills and knowledge of women in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM), we can accelerate our progress towards a gender equal future.

While innovation has the power to transform lives, we know that there are still many barriers to equality. Access to inclusive digital technologies and education is critical. We must innovate to close the digital divide that keeps so many women offline and away from new opportunities.

By ensuring equal access to education for women and girls and creating clear pathways and inclusive workplaces for women in STEM, we can leverage the transformative power of inclusive innovation, so critical to cracking the code to gender equality.

Cracking the Code to gender equality

UN Women is committed to achieving gender equality for all women, empowering them to contribute their unique knowledge and skills to help create a better world for themselves, their families and their communities. Working in over 100 countries across the globe, UN Women runs vital programs that provide women and girls access to technology, training programs and safe spaces, empowering women and girls to obtain an education, become leaders in their community and build a brighter, more equal future for us all.

But we can’t do it alone. 

By giving generously, your gift will help ensure women and girls have access to support services, educational opportunities and innovations that are vital to creating the sustainable and equal future we all want to see. 


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

This exclusive segment featured 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 delivered 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.


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With thanks to our National IWD Partners and Sponsors

See our coverage of previous IWD events here: 2022, 2021