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International Women’s Day at Merri-bek City Council

12 Feb 2024

Join us in celebration of the achievements of women with a range of events from performances by artists, and speakers to networking events. 

This year, Merri-bek City Council will be proudly promoting the International Women’s Day theme ‘Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress’ based on the priority theme for the United Nations 68th Commission on the Status of Women

We celebrate the incredible achievements and contributions of women. From scientists to artists, entrepreneurs to activists, women have made tremendous strides in all areas of life. 

IWD Events in Merri-Bek

Fawkner Sports Open Day and Gender Equity Sport Awards

Sunday, 3 March, 10 am – 12:30 pm 
Charles Mutton Reserve, Fawkner

Join us for a special International Women’s Day event to celebrate the contribution of women, girls and gender diverse people in sport.

Meet members of local Fawkner sports clubs, and join in fun, family-friendly, and inclusive activities.

Enjoy a free BBQ! 


Merri-bek Business Women's Network - International Womens Day edition

Tuesday, 5 March  10:00 am – 11:30 am 
Sussex Neighbourhood House, 7 Prospect Street Pascoe Vale

Come and join us at the first Merri-bek Business Women's Network - Coffee Conversations for 2024 and celebrate International Women’s Day!

Hear from guest speakers 

  • Tayla Kennedy - Centorrino Technologies
  • Leanne Abela - Pearsons Family Law
  • Ashley Vola - Vola Foods
  • Your MC: Christina Koullas - CK PR

Registrations essential  

Women, Work and Community in Merri-Bek

Thursday, 7 March 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Brunswick Library,
Cnr of Sydney Road and Dawson Street, Brunswick

Discover the radical history of Brunswick’s first federally funded childcare center and its revolutionary founder, Ruth Crow.

Hear from the women leading community initiatives including the Merri Food Hub and Second Stitch their motivations, challenges and key learnings.

Finally, meet the young women advocating for change as part of Merri-Bek’s Youth Ambassador Program and discover their vision for Merri-Bek’s future.

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr. Cheryl Griffin, Brunswick Community History Group
  • Charmaine Thomas Daborn, co-founder Merri-Bek Food Hub
  • Jennifer Thorman, founder Second Stitch social enterprise
  • Representatives from Merri-Bek’s Youth Ambassador Program

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Photo 2024 presents Future River: International Women’s Day Performance

Friday, 8 March 6pm - 9pm
Counihan Gallery
233 Sydney Rd, Brunswick

Immerse yourself in a poignant and dynamic response to the 'Future River: When the Past Flows' exhibition, thoughtfully curated by Kimba Thompson. This exploration of the Indigenous perspective reveals how cities can obscure the true essence of existence, making it a focal point for a special International Women’s Day celebration during the Brunswick Music Festival.