International Women's Day is held globally on 8 March each year to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women and consider the work still to be done to achieve gender parity.

The theme for 2018 is Press for Progress. This year the Department is running a social media campaign using #pressforprogress, and from 8 March onwards will be featuring a series of videos from International Women's Day Champions.

These include Women’s Interests Minister Simone McGurk, soccer star Sam Kerr, Perth musician Stella Donnelly, Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy and seven year old Madeline Parker.

Search the hashtag on Facebook to see the videos as they’re released.

The first International Women’s Day event in Western Australia was held 80 years ago at Perth Town Hall, and this year Minister Simone McGurk will host a sundowner event at the same venue to mark the occasion.

The speakers reflect those who attended the original International Women's Day meeting in 1938. They are: Dr Michelle Johnston, writer; Professor Arlene Chan, breast cancer specialist; Dr Sue Gordon AM, legal professional; and Ms Emma Boogaerdt, activist.

Registrations for this event can be made via Eventbrite.

A list of International Women’s Day events can be found here.

More information can be found on the 2018 International Women’s Day page.