International Women's Day 2021

International Women’s Day is held throughout the world on 8 March to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

International Women's Day (IWD) 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.

COVID-19 has disproportionately affected women and highlighted the inequalities girls and women face. Gender equality matters in our COVID-19 responses and this year’s theme is Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.

There are many ways that individuals, groups and organisations can get involved in International Women’s Day 2021 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 2021 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 #womeninleadership.


See what's happening in Western Australia on the 2021 event calendar.


Access a range of resources to celebrate International Women's Day.

Other information

Plans for gender equality

The plan Stronger together: WA's Plan for Gender Equality was released 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.

IWD archive

See previous International Women's Day events:

Page reviewed 1 February 2021