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NSW Women's Week

2020 NSW Women's Week

NSW Women’s Week has been established as a centrepiece to support the NSW Government’s commitment to improve the lives of women in NSW. Through a series of events and activities, it celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and promotes gender equality.

The week coincides with International Women’s Day, and the NSW Women of the Year Awards.

The development and delivery of NSW Women’s Week constitutes Action 3.3 of the Year Two Action-Plan of the NSW Women’s Strategy 2018-2022.

The specific objectives of the week are to:

  • coordinate a NSW Women’s Week to enable a broader focus, discussion and celebration of women’s achievements throughout the state; and
  • launch a grant program to increase community engagement with NSW Women’s Week.

The 2020 NSW Women’s Week is delivered by the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ).

All of the week’s events and activities promote one of the three priorities drawn from NSW Women’s Strategy 2018-2022, which are:

  1. Economic opportunity and advancement
  2. Health and wellbeing
  3. Participation and empowerment

Events and activities for 2020 NSW Women’s Week

NSW Women's Week 2020 Event/ActivityDateTimeVenue Registration/Ticket Details
The BIO & Beyond Student Challenge Monday
2nd March
9:30am - 3:00pm The Sybil Centre, The Women's College, Carillion Avenue, Newtown NSW

Free event open to the public. To register visit: https://bit.ly/2ubtsfL. Or to register a high school as audience members please email: WomenNSWEvents@facs.nsw.gov.au

RSVP’s are essential.

NSW Women's Week Health Screening Forum Wednesday 4th March 9:30am - 11:30am The Theatrette, NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW Free event to the public. To register visit: https://bit.ly/2qO3TzF

Older Women's Network Inter-generational Forum

Wednesday 4th March

4:00pm - 6:00pm The Theatrette, Parliament House NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW

Free event to the public. To register visit:
http://bit.ly/OWNIWD2020

NSW Women of the Year Awards Thursday 5th March 7:00am - 10:00am International Convention Centre (ICC) Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW Ticketed event, open to the public. Purchase tickets here.
Talking Women Business Leaders Panel Friday 6th March 2:00pm - 4:00pm Telstra Building Customer Insight Centre, Level 2, 400 George St, Sydney NSW Free event to the public. To register visit: https://bit.ly/2GUvsvB
NSW Women's Week Grants Monday 2nd - Sunday 8th March N/A Women across NSW will celebrate and mark 2020 NSW Women’s Week with a series of events and activities staged by the successful grant recipients. The successful NSW Women's Week Grant recipients can be found on our Grants webpage, including additional information about the grants.

To see the events, times and locations of the Womens Week successful grant recipients, please visit this page and also visit the grant recipients' individual websites for more event information. Many of these events are open to the public.

NSW Women's Week Online Social Media Campaign Monday 2nd - Sunday 8th March N/A

Join us in celebrating women from all walks of life, across NSW by posting a photo, meme, video or quote of someone who you consider an empowered woman or who inspires you.

Post your contribution any time during the week starting on Monday 2nd March through to International Women’s Day, on Sunday 8th March.

We are on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. Tag us @womennsw and #womensweek

Details of events and activities:

The BIO and Beyond Student Challenge

Event invitation 

The University of Sydney and Women NSW are hosting “Bio and Beyond” as part of NSW Women’s Week 2020. Four teams from Sydney Girls High and Presbyterian Ladies College have been working on their cutting edge designs of the future and research into how bioengineering can solve problems relating to human health and the built environment.  Up to 100 High school students from Years 10-12 are invited to participate as audience members, and the public are also invited to attend. The aim is to encourage more female students to consider STEM subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Students will also hear from inspiring women; the Minister for Women, the Minister for Education and the Chancellor of Sydney University.

Students can also learn how they can participate in the 2020 Sydney University Bioengineering Outreach Challenge. Regional high schools are also invited to make an EOI for sponsored travel and accommodation in Sydney. To attend the event please email: Shannon.Bishop@facs.nsw.gov.au.

Please note places are limited and RSVP’s are essential.

NSW Women’s Week Health Screening Forum

Event invitation 

The Cancer Institute NSW and Women NSW are hosting a health forum for women. Join us for an entertaining morning as we encourage you to take charge of your health and discuss all things screening.  With comedian Jean Kittson as MC we will chat to a panel of experts including the Minister for Women, for what will be an interesting and informative morning. The panel will discuss Bowel, Breast and Cervical screening and The Heart Foundation will also be joining the panel to discuss women's heart health checks and the preventative measures women can take. The forum will also feature lucky door prizes, delicious morning tea and experts on hand to chat to you during our networking session or after the panel.

Please see attached for our Panel members and their biographies and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2qO3TzF

Older Women's Network Inter-generational Forum

Older women are often marginalised and their role overlooked, and they may feel that younger people do not value or respect them. The Older Women’s Network (OWN) assists older women in finding networks and having their voices heard, which contributes to their sense of self and purpose. Older women in NSW have the opportunity to share their stories, through an inter-generational forum and radio program. An inter-generational forum will be hosted during 2020 NSW Women’s Week called Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, which will include a panel of women of different generations sharing their life stories. A host will cover the event and share with community radio stations in NSW, giving older women a forum to share their experiences and celebrate their achievements.

NSW Women of the Year Awards

The NSW Women of the Year Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution made by women across NSW to industry, communities and society. The Awards profile women who have demonstrated excellence in their career and elsewhere, women who make significant contributions in their community and young women whose achievements make them leaders in changing the social and business landscape.

Please visit our NSW Women of the Year Awards page.

Talking Women Business Leaders Panel

Event invitation

Telstra and Women NSW present the Talking Women Business Leaders event, an opportunity for women to network, meet-like minded females and hear from our panel of leaders within their industries. The panel will seek to explore topics relevant to women in business, including leadership and financial security, with an expert panel of industry leaders to interact with the audience and share their experiences and tips on success in their careers. A catered networking session will also be included with catering supplied by Two Good Catering. Two Good Catering offer the “eat one, treat one” model, which is for every meal purchased an identical one is given to a local women’s refuge for domestic violence survivors.

Make new business contacts, be inspired and learn how these industry leaders, who happen to be female, achieved their successes and what challenges they may have overcome.

View the speaker's biographies here and to register, please visit: https://bit.ly/2GUvsvB

Our diverse panel includes the NSW Minister for Women, The Hon. Bronnie Taylor, MLC, Catriona Wallace, the founder of Australia’s second only female-led ASX listed business, Deanne Stewart, CEO of First State Super, a leader in the superannuation industry, Kylie Fuller a Telstra executive and Mary Mulcahy a Director at the CSIRO.

NSW Women’s Week Grants

The NSW Women’s Week grants provide local organisations with an opportunity to deliver a range of education, mentoring and participatory activities that will provide direct benefit to local women and girls. The successful projects each demonstrated relevance to the NSW Women’s Week Grants program priorities of promoting women’s economic opportunity and advancement; health and wellbeing; and participation and empowerment.

More information is available on the grants program and a full list of successful grant recipients and their events/activities for 2020 can be viewed here.

NSW Women's Week Online Social Media Campaign

Join us in celebrating Womens Week across NSW by posting on your social media account.  Share a photo, quote, meme or video of what you consider a strong, empowered woman.   We can all celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and promote gender equality by getting involved and posting a positive message. You can also participate in NSW Women’s Week 2020 by hosting your own event or activity, and spreading the word amongst your friends, family and wider networks.

TAG US @womennsw and include the HASHTAG #womensweek.

Please click here for Women’s Week branding/resources that you can use during the week such as posters and social media tiles.


NSW Women's Week is proudly sponsored by the Cancer Institute NSW and the NSW Government.
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Last updated: 14 Oct 2019
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