Host an Event to Celebrate International Women's Day


We are pleased that you are keen to collaborate with United Nations Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand to celebrate this day and raise funds for UN Women projects in the Pacific.

What type of event can I organise?

Any type of event you like!  The tradition is to hold a fundraising event on, or close to Friday 8 March; usually with a speaker, and with at least part of any funds raised donated to UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (NCANZ). 

You could consider a breakfast or brunch and we have had successful pot luck lunches, café get togethers, picnics, cocktails at an art gallery.  It can be a small local event or on a larger scale such as in Christchurch where around 120 women and students participate.   

Do I need a guest speaker?

Many events do include a guest speaker as the main drawcard. 

However, this year we are again going to livestream the breakfast at Parliament.  You might like to organise a breakfast event so that you can tune into the livestream broadcast, or you could play the video at an event held later on the 8th or on another day.  The video will be available on YouTube from about 11am on 8 March.  Guest speakers for the breakfast at Parliament are: 

The Right Hon. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister

Steph Dyhrberg, leading employment rights lawyer, Wellingtonian of the Year, and 

Hon Julie-Anne Genter, Minister for Women and event host.

If livestreaming is an option for you, please make contact with us so that we can keep you up-to-date with livestreaming information, i.e. links, technical matters, length of broadcast, etc.

If we fundraise for UN Women, how will the funds be used?

Proceeds from IWD events 2019 will go towards UN Women's Pacific Programme.

How much should we send to UN Women?

Any donation, big or small, is most welcome and much appreciated. 

What do I do next?

We’ve developed and attached a template invitation you could use to promote your event.  It’s a Word document, so you’ll be able to edit to suit.  Or if you want to design something different, you’ll be able to cut and paste photos and logos from this template into your own poster or invitation.

We encourage co-branding – your logo and ours.


Contact your local newspaper and radio station in advance, and build awareness with relevant reporters.  Community newspapers are a good source of publicity.  Write a media release.

Think about key messages – we can help here if you’d like guidance.

Post the details of the event on your website or workplace intranet, and send to us so that we can email to our members in your region and add to our website.

If you publish a newsletter, get the information out well in advance, and send it to other local organisations for their newsletters.

Use social media, including our links:

If you would like to print out a flyer about the Markets 4 Change project, contact us and we will send you the electronic version.

We can provide links to information published by UNWomen (global) as well.  Contact us.

Share photos of your events using hashtag #IWD2019 and #WeToo.


  • Write letters of thanks to sponsors, speakers and anyone else who has put particular time or effort into the event.
  • Pay all expenses before forwarding your donation.
  • Keep a note of anything that you would like to do differently in future events.
  • Send us your photos and your feedback on how your event went – what worked well and what didn’t. 

Sending your donation by direct deposit

Make payment directly to:

  • Account Name:  UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Account Number:  03 0518 0161116 00

With the following identifications:

  • Your organisation’s name
  • IWD 2019

If a direct deposit is difficult for you, contact us to discuss other options for getting your fundraising proceeds to us.

Need help?

Need any further assistance:

Please contact Joanne Lentfer on Email:

Join UN Women:  become a member or a Woman2Woman donor

Good luck – and remember we will give you any assistance we can.