Choose To Challenge on 2021 International Women’s Day: Six events you can attend


For over a century, International Women’s Day, held on 8 March each year, has marked a day of celebration and advocacy for women’s rights and equality around the world.

This day, highlights the role we can all play in helping to create an inclusive world and is a great opportunity for women of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to come together, to reflect and choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality.

This year’s theme ‘Choose to Challenge’ focuses on individual responsibility and the ability to ‘call out’ gender bias and inequity in every day situations.

Here are some great events you can attend:

Food for Thought Network & The Greek Australian Women and Friends Around the World forum(ONLINE EVENT)

Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos- A Woman of Impact, Influence and Success!
Food for Thought Network and The Greek Australian Women and Friends Around the World forum invite you to celebrate IWD on the actual IWD, which is on Monday 8 March at 8.00 pm. The celebration and the presentation will take place via zoom and everyone can join for free.

“Apart from giving us an update on the efficacy of the vaccines, this presentation will delve into the person Vasso and the challenges this remarkable woman has had to overcome to reach the pinnacle of her scientific career. We would appreciate you bringing this to of the attention your young women

“She will inspire young and old and those in between with her story. We look forward to hearing the path that has taken her to being a pioneer in world research. A path that has seen her achieve over 100 awards for her endless and tireless work.

Click here to book or for more information visit 

Australian Federation of Pontian Associations (ONLINE EVENT)

“Pontian Women of Australia – A Celebration of Heritage”

“As part of the Australian Federation of Pontian Association’s (AFPA) efforts to promote and showcase the young people of the Pontian communities in Australia we are delighted to five young women of Pontian heritage who have been nominated by member associations to tell their story. The women will share their experiences growing up Pontian in Australia and their involvement and contribution to Pontian culture in their respective communities.”

The presentation, which coincides with Women’s Day, will be hosted by Sophia Siachos.
“Pontian Women of Australia – A Celebration of Heritage” will be streamed online on our Facebook page ( on Monday the 8th of March at 7:00pm (Melbourne time).

Taking part in the presentation are: Penny Papagiordanidis-Tsombanopoulos, Christina Tsiantoulas, Despina Theodoridis, Olga Antoniadis, Eleni Anastasiadou.

SydWest asks every woman to #choose to challenge (SYDNEY)

SydWest Multicultural Services is pleased to announce its celebration of International Women’s Day which will be on Friday 5th March 2021 at Lily’s Restaurant in Seven Hills from 5.30pm.

This year, SydWest Multicultural Services is pleased to advise that our inspirational guest speakers include:

  • Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales
  • Effie, renowned entertainer and comedian, presented by Mary Coustas. A Logie award winning performer, Effie has been in the hearts and homes of Australians for the last three decades.
  • Clr Sera Yilmaz, an inspirational youth leader and Councillor at Fairfield City Council. Sera will share her lived experience and insights, as faced by multicultural women in leadership: she is young, of Turkish background, a Muslim and active in the Labour party in Fairfield.

“I am so excited by this year’s event for International Women’s Day, which aims to entertain and inspire our local women…. After a year of being covid-safe and our communities coming together online, we are pleased to be hosting this in-person event featuring strong, culturally diverse women to showcase what is possible when women #choose to challenge” said Elfa Moraitakis, CEO of SydWest Multicultural Services.

AHEPA NSW Chapter Antigone (SYDNEY)

“The Women of 1821”

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, AHEPA NSW Chapter Antigone has organised a event on the topic “The Women of 1821”.

This is a roundtable discussion, with Dr Patricia Koromvokis (Macquarie University), educator Charoulla Themistokleous and communications expert Nia Gitsas talking about the involvement of women in the Hellenic War of Independence.

See you all on Sunday, 7 March 2021, at AHEPA NSW Hall, 394-396 Princes’ Highway Rockdale NSW, at 6:00 pm. The event is under the auspices of the Holy Archdiocese of Australia as part of the program of the National Committee.

GCM Celebrates International Women’s Day 2021


“Manto Mavrogenous: Between Two Worlds”

The Greek Community of Melbourne welcomes you to an evening of discussion, food and music to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021, on Thursday 11th March, at 7.00pm, at the Greek Centre. Dr Eleftheria Zei will present a lecture entitled “Manto Mavrogenous: Between Two Worlds”.

The event will commence with an official message for women of the diaspora by the President of Greece, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, Greece’s first female president. We are honored that the GCM will be delivering this message at our IWD event.

This year’s IWD theme is “Let’s all choose to challenge”. Collectively, we all have an important role to challenge inequality and gender bias. We need to celebrate women’s achievements, especially those of women in our community.

So, hand up high to show you’re in.

When: Thursday 11 March, 7.00pm

Where: Greek Centre (Mezzanine, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne)

This seminar will be delivered in Greek. It will be a hybrid seminar, so people are encouraged to attend the mezzanine. As the Mezzanine has a limited capacity of 80 persons, seating will be limited to those that have requested a booking here:

Papaflessas Social Club (MELBOURNE)

A Conversation with Despina Meris, Author of “Every Conceivable Way”

Every Conceivable Way is an illuminating and poignant look at the strength of human endurance and the lengths one woman would go to become a parent. Despina Meris’ debut memoir portrays a fascinating, often heartbreaking, nine-year journey through miscarriage, IVF and surrogacy and depicts the ultimate wonder and fulfillment a child brings.

Join us to hear about her personal story of determination and resilience and to break the stigma around alternative ways of making families.

At: Melina on the Rooftop. Level 13, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
On: Sunday, 21 March. Seated by 2PM. Till 5PM
Cost: $70 + booking fee, includes High Tea with a Greek twist, finger food, sweets, and a glass of sparkling

Presented by Pammessinian Adelphotita ΠΑΠ, Melina on the Rooftop, Diagoras Food Co, Sent of a Flower, Greek Made Products in Australia and

Click here for bookings or more information




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