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University celebrates International Women's Day

Explore how the University of Tasmania is championing 'Empower Hour' in 2023 and events you can get involved in.


This International Women’s Day (Wednesday 8 March), the University of Tasmania will champion Empower Hour.

The University will be raising funds for Dress for Success, an organisation that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools to women in need. By championing Empower Hour, the University will strengthen its impact by empowering more women across Australia into employment.

By investing in women the University is not only improving the lives of individuals, but we are also strengthening our communities and building a better future for all Australians. We would like our generous employees to join us in supporting Dress for Success and the important work they do around International Women’s Day and across the month of March.

This Empower Hour the ask is simple: the University is asking you to donate one hour of your pay to directly help a woman on her path to employment and financial security.

Dress for Success provides a holistic program to empower Australian women back on their feet and to become financially independent. ​​​​​​​

Donate through the University's fundraising page on Dress for Success.

Other events at the University of Tasmania

Gwen Nettlefold Memorial Lecture

Each year University will invite the preceding year’s winner of the Annette Baier Prize to deliver the GNML in Hobart annually. This lecture is supported by the Gwen Nettlefold Memorial fund and will be introduced by the current year’s Gwen Nettlefold Fellow (Associate Professor Fred Gilbert in 2023).

Speaker: Associate Professor Melissa Merritt, Winner of the AAP Female Philosopher 2022
When: Wednesday 8 March, 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: Salon (Hedberg), Hobart

Visit our Eventbrite page for full details and to register.

Women Entrepreneurs Experiences

To celebrate International Womens Day, UTAS Innovation Ventures is hosting a panel session with three inspiring speakers about the ins-and-outs of entrepreneurship. This session will be led by Leonore Ryan the Director of the University's InVent Incubator and Accelerator Program followed by a short networking session.

This event is open to University staff, students, alumni and also to the broader (entrepreneurship) community to attend.

When: Wednesday 8 March, 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: Centenary Building, Sandy Bay campus (access via Grosvenor Crescent)

Light refreshments will be served. Registration is essential.


Tara Howell has a significant Brand and Marketing background and is passionate about positioning Tasmania as the world leader for high-end tourism experiences.

Rosie Nash is a registered pharmacist and Senior Lecturer in Public Health specialising in health promotion interventions. She is also Australia’s foremost researcher in children’s health literacy.

Roxane Bandini-Maeder is the Co-Founder and CEO of Geoneon, a Tasmanian organization that leverages Earth Observation, Deep-Learning, and Advanced Analytics to anticipate and mitigate the impact of climatic disasters.

International Women's Day on the Cradle Coast

Celebrating women's achievements, promoting cultural knowledge and community unity.

Join Riawunna and the Communities team in acknowledging International Women’s Day in 2023.

Students, staff and invited community members are welcome to ‘drop in’ to the Community Lounge at Cradle Coast during the event time for a light snack and conversation about connections, culture, and country.

Celebrating women’s achievements is the goal of the day, and we invite you to make meaningful connections with people in our community over a shared activity.

When: Wednesday 8 March, 11:00am to 2:00pm
Where: Community Lounge

Visit the University events page for more details and to register.

Celebrating International Women's Day at Rozelle

Staff and students are invited to a special morning tea to hear from guest speakers Belinda Flanagan (Head of School, Paramedicine) and Genevieve Clarke (clinical senior lecturer, Nursing).

Visit the University events page for more details and to register.

Community days to mark International Women's Day

Join fellow Devils, Dragons, Tigers and Eagles in celebrating International Women's Day.

​​​​​​​When: 12:00pm — 1:30pm at Newnham and 12:00pm — 1:30pm at Sandy Bay

Register for Newnham and Sandy Bay.

Empowering Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Girls, Changing Communities

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Sadie Heckenberg (Academic Director Aboriginal Engagement, UTAS) will be presenting on her project: Empowering Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Girls, Changing Communities

When: Wednesday 8 March, 9:00am to 9:30am
Where: Riawunna, Launceston - Teaching Space or join via Zoom online.​​​​​​​

Associate Professor Sadie Heckenberg is the Academic Director Aboriginal Engagement at the University of Tasmania. Sadie is the President of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC) and sits on the Universities Accord Ministerial Reference Group and the Australian Research Council's College of Experts.

Project Abstract

This project applies Indigenous knowledges to develop new understandings and insights in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls’ education. Within an exploration of important mentoring and support programs, and within our stories of success, the project highlights the importance of place and privileges the unique perspectives each diverse community brings to the educational landscape.

Through this lens, we recognise that "women and girls have...a deep sense of belonging and connectedness” to country and place and that this “forms a central part of their shared existence and ways of expressing themselves today” which need to be reflected within the education journey (Wiyi Yani U Thangani Report, 2020, p.54).

Speaking to the Wiyi Yani U Thangani Report from an Aboriginal women’s point of view the research seeks to redress issues of historical inequality by focusing on successful Indigenous-led and managed programs that empower and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls.

Such programs play a pivotal role in modelling contemporary, culturally appropriate, inclusive practices and create environments within education that empower our young women.

Expected outcomes of the project include the development of a national framework that supports the education of girls and acknowledges the importance of self-determination, culture, gender and place in creating life-changing educational opportunities; addressing Close the Gap targets; and creating broader long-lasting positive changes regarding access, participation and success for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.