International Women's Day 2022

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International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated around the world on 8 March to acknowledge the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender equality. 

The United Nation's theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is “Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”. It will honour the tremendous efforts by women and girls on the frontline of the COVID crisis.

Gender equity through COVID-19

Economic crises hit women harder. Women tend to earn less, have fewer savings, are disproportionately more in the informal economy, are more likely to be burdened with unpaid care, school support and domestic work, and therefore may need to decrease their time in the labour force, and women make up the majority of single parent households.  

There are several studies, including from the United Nations to Women’s Health Australia that are highlighting and helping people understand that COVID-19 has amplified existing structural inequalities.  Documenting the experience of the pandemic and its impact on gender equality is crucial to identifying what is needed in economic and social policy. 

COVID-19 women at the frontline 

Women are highly represented at the frontline of our response to the pandemic. According to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, nationally nearly four in five workers in health care and social assistance are women. Their roles are as nurses, midwives, doctors, pharmacists, allied heath, aged care, social workers and community childcare workers and teachers.  

Many female-dominated industries (other than healthcare) such as accommodation, food services, arts and recreation have been among the hardest hit by job losses during the pandemic. During 2020, Victorian weekly payroll data showed that the rate of female job loss was almost five times the rate for men. 



For International Women's Day 2022 Hobsons Bay is hosting a Community Walk at Cherry Lake Altona, featuring a performance from Wiradjuri woman and opera star Shauntai Batzke, guest speakers, including Deputy Mayor Cr Diana Grima and Hobsons Bay Young Citizen of the Year Tahlia Kotiau, and creative workshops by artist Sofie Dieu.

Tuesday also marks the opening of the photography exhibition COVID-19 women at the frontline - A spotlight on frontline and essential staff  at the Altona Civic Centre foyer.

Hobsons Bay Libraries is presenting two events on the day, a song writing workshop with Sarah Ward and an online book discussion. 

During the week of International Women's Day the Creative City Facebook Page will highlight local and global creative women and organisations that feature and support creative women.


International Women’s Day Community Walk at Cherry Lake Altona 

When: Tuesday 8 March 2022

10am                  Meet pre walk

10.15am             Performers and speakers

10.30am             Walk around Cherry Lake commences and workshops with Sofie begin (10.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm)

Where: Back of Altona Civic Centre, 115 Civic Parade Altona

Cost: Free - Coffee provided. Stay for as little or as much time as you like!

Public transport: Train: Cherry Lake is approximately 10-15 minutes’ walk from Altona Station or Seaholme Station

Cherry Lake is approximately 3.5km as a circuit and takes approximately 30 minutes. You can walk part of the way if that suits or do the full circuit. The path is flat and well-marked. Remember to bring some drinking water. 

People are encouraged to continue to keep a social distance or be in small groups. While COVID restrictions are lifting, feel free to wear a mask if you wish, and if you are not feeling well please stay home!   

EVERYONE IS WELCOME especially children

This event is proudly bought to you by Hobsons Bay City Council, please call 9932 1001 or email for more details.       

As much as practical this is an all-weather event.


Creative Workshops with Artist Sofie Dieu

Making Art with Nature - Art Workshop with Sofie Dieu 

You are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day with this restorative guided art activity that will connect you with nature while enjoying some self-care time. Grab some paper and a piece of charcoal provided to create a unique artwork based on the technique of frottage (rubbing).

You will be gently guided by artist Sofie Dieu to create an artwork taking the print of natural found materials like fallen leaves, grass, or bark. Create incredible natural textures while you take in all the goodness our local waterways have to offer.

You will then be invited to contribute a piece of your textured exploration to create a collective artwork on a large frame that will be displayed throughout the festival.

For adults and families with children over 5 years old.


Story Telling – Poetry Workshop with Sofie Dieu 

Tell your personal narrative, you will be invited to use the playful “exquisite corpse” technique invented by the Surrealists.

This workshop is adapted for those whose English is a second or even third language. Paper and pen will be provided for the workshop during which you will creatively interpret your own story telling under the guidance of the artist. You will take back home your very own surrealist poem!

Suitable for adults and families with teenagers over 12 years old.


COVID-19 women at the frontline - A spotlight on frontline and essential staffExhibition at Altona Civic Centre

Twenty women in frontline and essential services are being celebrated for their exceptional work, including during the COVID pandemic, and are featured in a roving photography exhibition as part of International Women’s Day.

The exhibition features women who work or volunteer at a diverse range of community organisations including: Williamstown Community Education Centre, Newport Outlets, Volunteer West, Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre, Latitude: Directions for Young People, St Vincent de Paul, Laverton Community Education Centre and the Vietnamese Association.

The Hobsons Bay women, who were nominated by their community and peers through the Hobsons Bay Inter-Agency Network, will also be recognised at the International Women’s Day Community Walk on Tuesday 8 March at 10am around Cherry Lake in Altona.


International Women's Day programs with Hobsons Bay Libraries

International Women's Day Song Writing with Sarah Ward on Tuesday 8 March, 3:30pm at Newport Community Hub

Songs are powerful tool for activism, self-confidence and connection.

Join Sarah as we create a song that explores how words can disrupt, activate, and inspire change.

Sarah Ward is an internationally acclaimed, award winning actor and cabaret artist and experienced songwriter, and teacher.

Bookings for this special event are essential. To book: International Women's Day Song writing with Sarah Ward-Children (

This inclusive event is open to all genders and abilities aged between 9-16 years.


After Story: Book Discussion on Tuesday 8 March, 6:30pm Online

In After Story we connect with a mother and daughter on an overseas trip of a lifetime, as they discover that the past is never quite behind them.

Join author Larissa Behrendt as she leads a discussion about After Story, the extraordinary power of words and the quiet spaces between.

All participants will be given the opportunity to reserve a copy of After Story before the event.

Larissa Behrendt is an award-winning filmmaker, novelist and writer with a passion for telling the stories of Indigenous Australia. She is the host of Speaking Out on the ABC National Radio network.

Bookings close at 4pm on the day. To book: After Story: book discussion-For Readers (


On this International Women’s Day, we thank and celebrate all women in the health and frontline industries for their efforts and contribution, particularly over the past 12 months.