International Women's Day

International Women's Day 2019 

Breakfast at Parliament.  Guest speakers, the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and Steph Dyhrberg are pictured with members of the UN Women Board, Prof. Rawinia Higgins and event host Hon Julie-Anne Genter.

The event was livestreamed to over 200 groups and individuals across New Zealand and overseas.


Secondary school students and teachers from 13 schools in Christchurch, join UN Women for breakfast. Students delivered the International Women's Day messages from the Governor General and UNWomen NCANZ President.




Guest speaker at the Christchurch breakfast is Rachel Froggatt, CEO of Women in Sport Aotearoa.  Rachel announced that the Rt Hon Helen Clark ONZ has been unveiled as the new global Patron for the International Working Group on Women and Sport.

The Christchurch breakfast was again a sell-out event.




The Zonta Club of Marlborough hosted a breakfast, with Gráinne Moss, CE of Oranga Tamariki as guest speaker.  This too was a sell-out event as the photo shows.  




Guest speaker Gráinne Moss, centre with Zonta Club of Marlborough President Libby McDonald (left) and Immediate Past President Clare Pinder (right).








The Zonta Club of South Auckland celebrates Zonta Rose Day which co-incides with International Women's Day.






What is International Women’s Day?

In 1975 the UN recognised it as a day dedicated to the rights of women, but its beginnings were long before that.  It was first celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland in 1911, and in some countries was soon established as a public holiday.

In New Zealand, International Women’s Day is UN Women’s special day.  With the help of our affiliated organisations events are held across the country to mark the day.  The events, usually breakfasts are a forum

  • to hear from local or national speakers on issues that affect women
  • to celebrate women’s achievements
  • to raise funds for UN Women NZ’s projects for the advancement of women
  • to receive messages from the UN Secretary-General, the Executive Director of UN Women, the UN Women NZ President and the UN Women NZ Patrons
  • and to enjoy each other’s company and support.