International Women’s Day 2018

In 2018, the theme for International Women's Day was "Achieve gender equality and empower rural women and girls."

2,741 viewers from 15 countries watched the special breakfast to celebrate International Women’s Day, Thursday, 8 March 2018.  The link to the full coverage is available here.

The event itself was held at Parliament, hosted by the Minister for Women, the Honourable Julie-Anne Genter. The keynote speakers were the Governor General, the Right Honourable Her Excellency Dame Patsy Reddy, and the Right Honourable Helen Clark, formerly Administrator of the United Nations Fund for Development and Prime Minister of New Zealand, in a conversation with Dr Gill Greer, Chief Executive of the National Council for Women.

Skip to specific parts of the event:
Nei Ra Te Karanga - “I Can’t Keep Quiet” – MILCK
Rt Hon Helen Clark interviewed by Dr Gill Greer

Here's our UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand Board member, Suzanne McNabb, talking to:

1.  Radio Pacific about the Gender pay gap as an issue, especially for Pacific and Maori women, on International Women’s Day #IWD2018.

2.The Wireless Watchdog breakfast programme on Plains FM 96.9 about International Women’s Day #StandingForWhatsRight #IWD2018

"Without rural women and girls, rural communities and urban economies would not function. Yet women and girls are among the people most likely to be poor, to lack access to assets, education, health care and other essential services, and to be hit hardest by climate change. On almost every measure of development, rural women, because of gender inequalities and discrimination, fare worse than rural men or urban women."

Here are just a few photos from breakfasts held throughout New Zealand in 2018.

North Shore



International Women's Day 2019

Watch this page for more information about IWD 2019 and how you can participate.