International Women's Day 2023

Image of purple cells arrange like a flower, with the text International Women's Day, Transforming women's lives through research and 8 tables listing many research initiatives

The University of Melbourne this year celebrates International Women’s Day by focusing on the contribution our research makes to women’s lives – the graphic above reveals a snapshot of some research projects from across the University. Please click the graphic above to access a PDF with links to more information on each individual research project.

University support for innovative female-founded startups

On Wednesday 8 March the University announced it would provide $750,000 in pre-seed investment to support two innovative female-founded healthcare startups, at-home pregnancy monitoring startup Kali Healthcare and clinical trial participant recruitment start-up Torch Recruit.

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Pathways to Politics for Women

The University of Melbourne Pathways to Politics Program for Women is a proudly non-partisan initiative that aims to change the face of politics by equipping women with the skills, knowledge, confidence and networks they need to run for elected office and thrive as political leaders. The Pathways to Politics for Women started in 2016, with 28 electoral successes achieved nationally across the political spectrum at local, state and federal levels of government.

Find out more about the Pathways to Politics for Women here.

Events running across the University open to the public

Melbourne Law School International Women’s Day Event

On International Women’s Day, 8th March, Melbourne Law School will be hosting a public talk by Emerita Professor Jenny Hocking, of Monash University titled “My mother, Mabo, and me: “Setting the law to rights”. Jenny has been jointly invited as the IWD speaker by Diversity and Inclusion Associate Dean, Prof. Ann Genovese, and Dr Eddie Cubillo, Associate Dean & Senior Research Fellow (Indigenous Programs), Director of the Indigenous Law and Justice Hub.

Running from 1–2pm on Wednesday 8 March at Theatre 102, Level 1, Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street Carlton and via online livestream.
Register here to attend.

Talking Back: Being a Black female author on the school curriculum

Melbourne Graduate School of Education is delighted to welcome Maxine Beneba Clarke, inaugural Peter Steele Poet in Residence, to deliver the first Dean’s Lecture for 2023 in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Running from 5.30–7pm on Wednesday 8 March at Lecture Theatre (230), Kwong Lee Dow Building (263).
Register here to attend.

Who is Country to me: Sovereign women protecting Country and culture

The Launch of The Australian Centre's 2023 Critical Public Conversation webinar series coincides with International Women's Day. This webinar will be hosted by four extraordinary women - Wurundjeri Elder and a fellow of the Indigenous Knowledge Institute Professor Aunty Dianne Kerr; Wurundjeri, Dja Dja Wurrung and Ngurai Illum Wurrung dancer and educator Stacie Piper; Yorta-Yorta and Quandamooka (Noonuccal Nation) Medical doctor and Public Health scholar Dr Ngaree Blow; and Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung songwriter/composer/academic Dr Lou Bennett AM.

Running from 12–1pm on Wednesday 8 March online.
Register here to attend.

Priscilla Kincaid Smith Oration

The 2023 Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Oration on Health will be delivered by Keran Howe OAM, Independent Advisor to the National Disability Research Partnership and former Executive Director, Women with Disabilities Victoria. In her address, Ms Howe will suggest the need for an understanding of multiple ways of knowing if we are to be effective in creating change in the way we view disability and address social inequity.

Running from 5.30–7pm on Tuesday 7 March at the Ian Potter Auditorium (G52), Kenneth Myer Building (144). The recording of this event will be available to watch soon after the event is finished.
Register here to attend.

University staff can check out the list of internal events running across the University for staff and students via the Staff Hub.