International Women's Day
International Women’s Day (8th March) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.
IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people.
Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.
In Queensland, Women’s Week is celebrated during this time.
Domestic Violence Prevention Month
Each May, Queensland marks Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month to raise community awareness of domestic and family violence and to send a clear message that such violence will not be tolerated.
The Red Rose hosts various events during the month. The first Wednesday in May is National Domestic and Family Violence Remembrance Day.
The most significant event held is the Annual Candle-lighting. Other events held during the month are training, information sessions, webinars and red bench events.
16 Days of Activism
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that begins on n 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.
It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership.
It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.