International Women's Day

International Women's Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

The theme for this year’s event was 'More Powerful Together' and focused on showcasing the successful women and girls living and working in the Inner West. The theme recognised the important role women, men and gender diverse peoples play to advance gender equality. It takes all of us, working in collaboration, to break down stereotypes and gendered roles to create a world where women and girls everywhere have equal rights and opportunities.

The 2019 event featured the 33 incredible women who were nominated for the Inner West International Women's Day Honour Roll.

View Honour Roll Recipients Here

Women's Honour Roll

Inner West Council calls on the community to nominate local women and girls who have made a contribution to empowerment, equality, social justice and inclusion, for the Inner West International Women's Day Honour Roll.  The Honour Roll was initiated by the former Leichhardt Council in 2010 with the inaugural Inner West Council Honour Roll starting in 2019.  The Honour Roll is run every two years with the next being run in 2021.

The Honour Roll celebrates all local women, including First Nations women, LGBTIQ+ women and women of intersecting and diverse cultural backgrounds.

Nominations for the 2019 Honour Roll closed 15 February 2019 and finalists were announced at the International Women's Day event on 7 March 2019.


Frequently asked questions

What is the Inner West International Women’s Day Honour Roll?

The Honour Roll is a celebration of the contribution of local women and girl’s, including First Nations women, LGBTIQ+ women and women of intersecting and diverse cultural backgrounds. The Honour Rolls focus is to showcase inspiring contributions to empowerment, equality, social justice and inclusion.

When are nominations open and closed?

Nominations open approximately two months prior to International Women's Day and are open for one month.

Who can nominate?


Can I nominate myself?


Can I nominate more than one person?


Who can be nominated?

Any woman or girl who has made a significant contribution to empowering women; nominees must either:

  • Live in the Inner West LGA
  • Work, volunteer or have social or family connections to the LGA
  • Or have been educated or raised in the LGA.

Do I need to know the woman I am nominating personally?

No. You may have been inspired by someone in the public arena.   

How are you managing my privacy?

All nominees will be treated in accordance with the Privacy Act 2000.

Who reviews the nominations?

Inner West Council will convene a panel of staff and local community members who will consider the nominations and select members for the Honour Roll.

How will successful nominations be honoured?

Successful nominations will be showcased online.

When will the Honour Roll be announced?

The finalists will be announced at Inner West Council International Women's Day Celebrations.

Recreation activities

During the week of International Women's Day, we celebrated women and girls in sport and recreation recognising their achievements and leadership. We are committed to helping break down the barriers women and girls face when participating in sport and recreation, and partnered with a number of organisations to provide opportunities to try something new.

With a range of events surrounding International Women's Day we invited women and girls to come and try, or watch and cheer on other women and girls to show their sport or be inspired.

Girls Get Active Day

An excellent opportunity for female high school students from different school across the Inner West to come together, listen and be inspired by a panel of high-profile female athletes and participate in a variety of sports with each station facilitated by the athletes themselves and/or high quality coaches from each sport.

Queen of Concrete Two Girls SkatersQueen Of Concrete girls skate competition and beginners workshops


Totem Skateboarding and  Shredability teamed up to present Queen of Concrete at Sydenham Green Skatepark for a massive 8 hours of female only celebrations.

The day included 2 x Skateboarding coaching sessions and a 6-hour Girls skate competition.

IWD SkateNightLadies Skate Night

Free skate workshops, prizes and burritos for the ladies :)  

This event is proudly presented by
Basement Skate
Inner West Council
Beach Burrito Company
Skuws - Skateboarders Western Sydney University
Totem Skateboarding


Totem Female Skate ClinicFree girls skate clinic and jam with Totem

Inner West Council teamed up with Totem Skateboarding to conduct FREE ongoing 'Female Only' Skate Workshops.

The day included 2 x Skateboarding coaching sessions and a 1hr Open Skate JAM!

Please visit the Totem Skateboarding website for details about future skate events


Breakaways AFLXBreakaways pre-season AFLX challenge cup

The Newtown Breakaways FC extended an invitation to local clubs to participate in the inaugural Breakaways Pre-season AFLX Challenge Cup held on Sunday 10th March 2019 at Mahoney Oval, Marrickville.

The inaugural Breakaways Pre-season Challenge Cup was developed in response to a need for clubs to secure competitive pre-season trial games and to test and promote players in a game environment that is beyond clubs internal training. Clubs are also able to build the capacity of their respective organisations by providing game day training and experience to develop the skills of volunteers and club game day officials. The Breakaways are pleased to be working with AFL Sydney and devised the AFLX format to ensure maximum participation by clubs in the event.


Sydney Lions GridironSydney University Lions women’s gridiron

If you ever thought Gridiron is only for men, think again!

Women and girls were invited to meet the players and coaches and participate in some gridiron skills & drills followed by a non-contact game of flag football and bbq!

Gridiron is strategic and tactical along with physically challenging that can also help you relieve stress, make new friendships and know a bond with your football sisters, unlike any other team sport.


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