Looking for information about International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021?  Please visit our dedicated IWD 2021 web page.

International Women’s Day is held throughout the world on 8 March to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is a day to highlight the great progress we have made towards gender equality. It is also a day to recognise what still needs to be done and to create awareness about how we can play our part in making change for better. 2020 marks a hundred years since legislation was passed to enable women to run for Parliament in Western Australia, yet women are still underrepresented.

There are many ways that individuals, groups and organisations can get involved in International Women’s Day 2020 and share the message that gender equality and diversity benefits us all—families, organisations, communities and the state.

Download a copy of the International Women’s Day 2020 Toolkit that contains key messages, important facts and statistics, ways to get involved and social media tools to help spread awareness, and put up a poster to show your support.

Together, across all generations, we can make Western Australia a place where every girl has the opportunity to fulfil her potential. Every generation can make a difference. #GenerationEquality


See what's happening in Western Australia on the 2020 event calendar.

If you'd like to register your own event, please complete the event registration form (WA only).



Download our toolkit for ideas and information on how to get involved


Support International Women's Day with our printable event posters. The posters can be printed up to A3 in size.


IWD 2020 lapel ribbon. The ribbons have three colour columns of green, white and purple.

International Women's Day lapel ribbons are available to order by emailing women@communities.wa.gov.au (maximum of 100 per organisation, WA organisations only)

Email signature block

IWD 2020 email signature block. The signature block is white with purple text, includes the date of the event and hashtag GenerationEquality

Download and use the campaign signature block by inserting it into your email signature settings.

  • Open a new email message
  • On the 'Message' menu, select 'Signature' then 'Signatures'
  • On the 'E-mail Signature' menu, select 'New' to create a new signature, and give this signature a name
  • Type your email signature in the 'Edit signature' panel. Here you can change how your signature displays (e.g. font, font size)
  • Copy the IWD campaign signature block, and paste into the 'Edit signature' panel where you want it to appear. Alternatively, select the Image icon in the 'Edit signature' panel. Locate your image file, and select 'Insert'.

Social media

Profile picture

IWD 2020 Facebook profile picture frame. Pictured is a silhouette of a person's upper torso and head inside the purple and white frame

Update your profile picture with a special frame. To set up a social media profile picture frame:

  • Hover over your Facebook profile picture
  • Click on ‘Update’ and click on ‘Add Frame’
  • Type ‘IWD 2020' in the Search bar
  • Select the ‘IWD 2020’ option, by Department of Communities
  • Click on ‘Use the Profile Picture’

Selfie card

A woman holding an A4 sized card with the text My vision for a gender equal future is to have more gender diversity in leadership

Show your support for a gender equal future this International Women’s Day. You can write your message on this selfie card and print it. Take a selfie of yourself or your team at work holding the card and post it to social media with the hashtag #GenerationEquality.

Facebook tiles

Download the tiles below for sharing on Facebook. (To download, right-click on the thumbnail image and select "Save link as...")

You can also use the text below each infographic in your post when you share it.

  • Tile 1

    IWD 2020 Facebook infographic option 1

    The first step to achieving gender equality is understanding the issues and the role you can play – visit www.communities.wa.gov.au/IWD

  • Tile 2

    IWD Facebook infographic option 2

    Our society has significantly changed over the decades.

    in 2020, women can make the best of opportunities they could not have had in the past. For example, women now outnumber men as university graduates. Yet women still earn less on average at every point in their working lives, retiring with significantly less funds than men.

    Together, we can change the statistics on financial equality.

    Find out more at www.communities.wa.gov.au/projects/women/womens-report-card/

    International Women’s Day is held throughout the world on 8 March to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is a day to highlight the great progress we have made towards gender equality.

    For more information and to get involved, download the campaign kit at available at www.communities.wa.gov.au/IWD

  • Tile 3

    IWD 2020 Infographic option 3

    The percentage of women in Senior Executive Service in the WA public sector increased from 22.7% in 2007 to 37.3% in 2019. Gender diversity in leadership has been found to deliver better decisions and better outcomes.

    Find out more at www.wgea.gov.au/topics/workplace-gender-equality/the-business-case

  • Tile 4

    IWD 2020 Infographic option 4

    2020 marks 100 years since legislation was passed to enable women in Western Australia to run for Parliament, but women remain underrepresented.

    We need to join forces across generations to make WA a place where every girl has the opportunity to fulfil her potential.

  • Tile 5

    IWD Facebook Infographic option 5

    Flexible work arrangements for men and women are important and allow people to make genuine choices about participation in the workforce, parenting and work-life balance.

    Around 70% of working women and 42% of working men currently use flexible work arrangements to care for children.

Other information

Plans for gender equality

The plan Stronger together: WA's Plan for Gender Equality is being developed as a framework for Government, business and the community to take action to create a fairer and more equitable Western Australia.

Women's Report Cards

Women’s Report Cards have been produced since 2004 and provide a statistical snapshot of women in Western Australia across a range of key indicators. The reports are an evidence base to inform policies, services and programs in the public, corporate and community sectors.

Grants for women

The Grants for Women program makes one-off grants available to community organisations to develop projects under four priority areas:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Safety and justice
  • Economic independence
  • Leadership

Further information and application details, please visit the Grants for Women page.

IWD archive

International Women's Day 2019

International Women's Day 2018