Photo by UN/Marco Dormino


  1. International Women's Day event

    8 March 2019

    7:00am - 9:00am

    Sydney International Women’s Day Breakfast

    We are more powerful together – join us as we celebrate International Women’s Day in Sydney.

    DATE: Friday, March 8 2019

    TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 am

    VENUE: Grand Ballroom, International Convention Centre 14 Darling Dr, Sydney NSW

    UN Women National Committee (NC) Australia hosts Australia’s largest International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrations in March each year. IWD is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women. It is also a day to review how far women have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development.

    IWD also provides an opportunity to unite, network and mobilise funds to foster meaningful change into the future.

    For enquiries, please contact our event contractors Event Head at [email protected] or on 0434 608 433.





    We look forward to welcoming you to International Women’s Day in Sydney!

    Please arrive at the Grand Ballroom of the International Convention Centre from 6:30am, for a 7:00am sharp start. The event will conclude at 9:00am.

    We are delighted that His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (retired), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove will be joining UN Women National Committee as guests at our Sydney breakfast. Please be advised that all guests must be seated by 6:50am to ensure the event is able to start on time.

    Upon your arrival, please enter the room and head directly to your table. There is no need to present a ticket. There will be volunteers to assist with directions, if needed.

    If you registered on behalf of others, please let them know your assigned Table number.

    Getting to the International Convention Centre


    Parking is available in ICC carpark, P1. To enter the ICC you will need to exit the carpark and head to the main entry or take the carpark lift to Level 2 and walk across the Convention Centre. More information can be found here.

    Drop off

    The best taxi and Uber and pick up locations include the new Iron Wharf Place next to Harbourside Shopping Centre and Zollner Circuit on the Southern end of ICC Sydney Theatre, both accessed via Darling Drive.

    Public Transport


    The Light Rail travels right through a number of Darling Harbour stations including ICC Sydney’s stops, Convention Centre and Exhibition Centre. The Light Rail starts at Central Station in the CBD and travels to Dulwich Hill in the inner west.


    A short walk from Central or Town Hall will take you directly to Darling Quarter, Tumbalong Park and Sydney Visitor Centre. Town Hall and Central Stations are a 10-minute walk from ICC Sydney.


    ICC Sydney has its own bus stop. Bus routes 389 and 501 stop at Harris Street near Allen Street – a 10-minute walk from ICC Sydney.

    Please find further helpful information on the International Convention Centre website

    If you have any other questions

    For any other enquiries, please contact our event contractors Event Head on 0434 608 433 or email [email protected] You can also contact the International Convention Centre for any further access enquiries on (02) 9215 7100.




    Mele Maualaivao – Country Program Coordinator (Samoa), UN Women
    Also Speaking in Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra

    Mele Maualaivao is the Country Program Coordinator for UN Women based in Samoa, operating in four countries – Samoa, Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue.

    Under her leadership, UN Women has been able to develop partnerships with organisations such as the Samoa Judiciary to facilitate forums on “Family Law and Restorative Justice”.  Mele has been instrumental in establishing the Ending Violence in Samoa Roundtable, a monthly discussion group which address issues of family violence featuring a range of guest speakers. Mele has also been closely involved in supporting projects focussed on women’s political participation and leadership in Samoa. She has been involved in post-cyclone response efforts to Tonga and Samoa where addressing gender in humanitarian action was key to interventions supporting women in urban and rural areas.

    Prior to working for UN Women, Mele worked with the National University of Samoa in hosting forums on Domestic Violence, Women’s Political Participation and Women’s contribution to Samoan’s Political Development.

    Senator the Hon Marise Payne – Minister for Foreign Affairs

    Marise Payne

    Marise Payne was appointed Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs on 28 August 2018.

    A Senator for NSW since 1997, she has more than two decades’ parliamentary experience including 12 years’ membership of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. She is a former Minister for Human Services, and has held several shadow ministries.

    The Senator was appointed Minister for Defence in September 2015. In this time, she delivered the 2016 Defence White Paper, the Integrated Investment Plan, and Defence Industry Policy Statement. She oversaw a major renewal of the Australian Defence Force’s capabilities and led the organisation’s increased international engagement program with allies and partners.

    She has been a member of the Liberal Party since 1982, serving on the NSW State Executive for 10 years, and was the Young Liberals’ first female President.

    The Minister holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of NSW.

    She and her partner, NSW Minister for Western Sydney, WestConnex and Sport, Stuart Ayres, live in western Sydney.

    Sam Mostyn – Non Executive Director and Sustainability Adviser

    Sam Mostyn

    Sam Mostyn is a non-executive Director and Sustainability adviser, with a long history of governance roles across business, sport, the arts, policy, and NFP sectors.

    Her current board roles include Mirvac, Transurban and Virgin Australia, and she is the Chair of Citi Australia. She joined the board of the Sydney Swans in 2017, after over a decade serving as a Commissioner with the Australian Football League.

    In 2005 she was the first woman to be appointed to the Commission where she was an advocate for the Respect & Responsibility Policy for the inclusion of women at all levels of the AFL. She was an advocate for the creation of the AFL Women’s league and is the 2018 AFLW Cup Ambassador. In 2009, Sam was a member of the Crawford Review expert panel which examined sports funding in Australia.

    Her corporate roles have encompassed human resources and culture change, corporate and government affairs, community engagement and corporate sustainability. Sam has served on the boards of Reconciliation Australia, the Australian Museum, the Sydney Theatre Company and now chairs Carriageworks and between 2013-2017 was President of the Australian Council for International Development. Sam has served on the Business & Sustainable Development Commission, and was recently appointed Chair of ANROWS, the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety.

    Clive Stiff FAICD – Chief Executive Officer, Unilever Australia and New Zealand

    Clive Stiff

    Clive Stiff is Chief Executive Officer of Unilever Australia and New Zealand. His passion lies in promoting an agile, results-driven environment, while helping to build a more sustainable, diverse and inclusive future through Unilever’s brands and broader influence.

    Clive is also Chairman of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, and sits on the Advisory Boards of the University of New South Wales Business School and the Australian Graduate School of Management. He serves on the Male Champions of Change movement, and is personally committed to helping women advance into positions of leadership.



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         NSW Government


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