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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 the 2020 NSW Women’s Week

Monday 2 March - BIO and Beyond

The University of Sydney and Women NSW are hosting “Bio and Beyond” as part of NSW Women’s Week 2020. High school students from Years 10-12 are invited to participate as audience members, with four teams from Sydney Girls High School and Presbyterian Ladies’ College Sydney presenting their designs for the future. Students will see cutting edge research into how bioengineering can solve problems relating to human health and the environment, and learn how they can participate in the 2020 Sydney University Bioengineering Outreach Challenge. Regional school students are also invited to attend.

Register your school by emailing: Shannon.Bishop@facs.nsw.au. Please note places are limited and RSVP’s are essential.

Wednesday 4 March - NSW Women’s Week Health Forum

The Health Forum will consist of a panel of leading health experts in their field to discuss the prevention of bowel, breast and cervical cancer. Did you know that heart disease is currently the leading killer of Australian women? The Heart Foundation will also be joining the panel to discuss women's health checks and the preventative measures women can take. Join David Currow, Chief Cancer Officer of NSW and CEO of The Cancer Institute NSW, and Julie Anne Mitchell, National Director of Prevention at The Heart Foundation, amongst other panel members, where you will have the chance interact with the panel members and learn preventative health measures through detection and screening.

Thursday 5 March - 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.

Friday 6 March - Telstra Business Panel

The Telstra Business Panel is a leadership panel of female businesswomen discussing topics relevant to females in business and female financial security. The theme of the forum is Economic Opportunity and Advancement, one of three priority areas drawn from the NSW Women’s Strategy. The panel members will include a female executive from Telstra, a female executive from First State Super, and a female representing the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) space.

View the speaker's biographies here.

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’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 2019 can be viewed here: full list of 2019 successful grant recipient events and activities.

Social Media Campaign

We encourage every member of the public to participate in NSW Women’s Week 2020 by hosting their own events and activities, or by sharing a photo capturing a strong, empowered woman on social media, in order to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and promote gender equality. To promote Women's Week to your friends, family and wider networks, we encourage you to utilise the Women's Week resources by posting them across your social media channels, tagging @womennsw and using the #womensweek hashtag.

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