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Celebrating International Women's Day

Published on 18 February 2019

March 8 marks International Women’s Day, an annual celebration of women’s achievements. The 2019 theme is ‘Balance for Better’ and City of Ryde is on board, with two major events planned to suit all ages and interests.

Women in Business forum - Friday 8 March

Join us on Friday 8 March at CSIRO Lindfield to hear from women who are recognised for making a change in the community. 

The International Women’s Day Forum highlights the City of Ryde’s commitment to supporting women’s leadership in taking on the challenges that face women in the community. The Forum is designed to be informative, interactive and entertaining with experienced guest speakers sharing their stories and insights into women’s leadership. 

Guest speakers include:

  • Dr Cathy Foley, CSIRO’s Chief Scientist
  • Andrea Watson, founder and CEO of tech company

Find out more about the Women in Business forum.

International Women’s Day forum - #BalanceforBetter - Saturday 9 March

Come and be inspired by women who have made a difference in ensuring a more gender-balanced world at this forum at the Civic Centre in Ryde. Take the opportunity to listen to a women’s panel and take part in a Q&A session. There will also be live performances and music as women tell their stories. Share the company of other women and network over morning tea and free lunch.

Guest speakers include:

  • Dee Madigan - Star of Gruen, Sky, Creative Director of Campaign Edge, author and speaker
  • Jenna Price - Fairfax journalist and Senior Lecturer, Journalism Program, at the University of Technology Sydney.

Jenna has spent considerable time in Ryde and covered the 2007 election focusing on the seat of Bennelong. International Women's Day "concentrates the mind on the rights of women and girls... I only wish it was every day of the year", she said. 

We are also lucky to have two incredible performers on the night:

  • Gambirra - a Yolgnu woman living in Lake Macquarie and working with First Nation communities across NSW as a freelance artist, mentor and cultural arts educator
  • Sara Saleh -  award-winning Arab-Australian poet, human rights activist and long time campaigner for refugee rights and racial justice.  

Find out more about the International Women’s Day forum.

Status of Women Advisory Committee

These events are supported by the City of Ryde Status of Women Advisory Committee, which provides advice to Council how to improve participation and engagement by women in all aspects of community and civic life. 

Find out more about the Status of Women Advisory Committee.



Last updated on 25 March 2019