International Women’s Day (IWD) held each year on 8 March is a day to promote equality for women’s social, political and working rights.
The day provides women with an opportunity to join together to discuss issues and celebrate achievements. It is also a day that challenges all Australians to decide the quality of the legacy to be passed onto future generations of working women.
On Tuesday, 8 March 2022 IEU-QNT Chapters are encouraged to demonstrate their support for this year’s UN Women theme: Changing Climates: Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.
Members are also invited to attend a special online PD session on Thursday 10 March about reproductive health leave (further details below).
2022 focus on Changing Climates: Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow
This year’s theme, Changing Climates: Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow, recognises and celebrates the contribution of women and girls around the world, who are working to change the climate of gender equality and build a sustainable future.
Harnessing the skills and knowledge of women to conserve our natural resources and create a healthier, more sustainable planet, is central to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Women and girls face greater vulnerability and exposure to disasters, and conflicts, and yet they remain largely ignored in developing solutions and their capabilities are often under-utilised.
More information about this year’s theme and the challenges facing women in leadership can be found on the UN Women website.
Reproductive Health Leave Professional Development Session
As part of our 2022 International Women’s Day celebrations, our union will be hosting an online PD session in the lead up to major sector bargaining on reproductive health leave. If won, this leave would better support members to manage their treatment and recovery from any conditions related to their reproductive health.
This free event will be held online from 4pm (AEST) on Thursday 10 March and will provide members across Queensland and the Northern Territory with an opportunity to talk, learn and reflect on this important issue.
To secure one of the limited spots available at the session, please register here.
Chapters are asked to support a collective culture in their workplaces by organising Chapter activities such as:
- holding a celebratory IWD morning tea on Tuesday, 8 March 2022;
- displaying an IWD poster in your staff room;
- providing a photo of Chapter celebrations for inclusion in our communications (please email these to firstname.lastname@example.org);
- urging your colleagues to join us (or to renew their union membership);
- joining our union’s Equity Committee (email your interest to email@example.com); or
- registering for our Thursday 10 March Reproductive Health Leave session.