International Women's Day

Celebrate International Women’s Day 2021 through a range of fun, thought-provoking and COVID-Safe events!

 

Monday 8 March is International Women’s Day (IWD), a chance to celebrate the achievements of women in our city and call out the biases that lead to inequity.

This year, Council has joined with Penrith Women’s Health Centre and other local organisations to put together a calendar of events in recognition of the contribution women make to our City.

We invite you to take part in an event and, on 8 March and every other day, to embrace the IWD 2021 theme and #ChooseToChallenge the barriers women face so we can create a more balanced world.

Zonta Club International Women’s Day Dinner

When: Tuesday 2 March – 6.30pm

Where: Penrith Panthers, Mulgoa Road, Penrith

Be among the first to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 at a dinner hosted by the Zonta Club of Nepean Valley. Zonta is a global organisation that empowers women through service and advocacy. At the dinner, you will hear from an inspiring woman from a refugee background along with the Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS).

Tickets cost $30. To book your place call Leonie on 0429 221 448 

Women Out West!

When: Sunday 7 March 3:30pm to 6:30pm

Where: Penrith Regional Gallery, River Road, Emu Plains

Penrith Performing & Visual Arts and Women with Altitude will host two International Women’s Day panel discussions, ‘Rebuilding after Domestic Violence’ and ‘Women at Work’. Come together to meet other women, listen, learn and be inspired. The panel will include:

Writer, speaker, business coach and domestic violence survivor Chandu Bickford

Penrith Deputy Mayor and Haven Board Member Tricia Hitchen

Penrith Performing & Visual Arts Chair Alison McLaren

Member for Blue Mountains Trish Doyle MP

Tickets are $30 or $25 for concession and include a soft drink and snack. To find out more go to https://www.penrithregionalgallery.com.au/events/women-out-west/

International Women’s Day Launch Zoom Event

#ChooseToChallenge – How local women are making a difference

When: Monday 8 March – 10am

Join us for a special online event to hear inspirational messages from women in our community:

  • A welcome from Aunty Carol Cooper
  • Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown OAM
  • Penrith Women’s Health Centre Manager Jane Gold
  • Anglican Church Minister Gail Hinton, and
  • Community Advocate and Refugee Veronica Nou

You’ll hear how each of these women #ChooseToChallenge the biases that foster inequality. To register for this Zoom event email Sarah at sarah.payne@penrith.city

International Women’s Day Health and Wellbeing Day

When: Monday 8 March – 9:30am to 4pm

Where: Kingswood Community Centre, Bringelly Road, Kingswood

Ripples will host a day of free health and wellbeing activities at Kingswood Community Centre. Come along, try something new and connect with other women over lunch or afternoon tea. Join one or all the sessions:

9:30am: Yoga
11:00am: Cooking class
12:00pm: Lunch
1:30pm: CPR awareness class
2:00pm: Afternoon tea
3:00pm: Shabam class

To book a session contact Mirna on 4732 7694 or email

International Women’s Day Author Talk

When: Monday 8 March – 10.30am

Where: Penrith Library - Peter Goodfellow Theatrette

Settle into the Library for an author talk that resonates with this year’s IWD theme #ChooseToChallenge. Author Jessica North will speak about her book, Esther. It tells the extraordinary true story of a first fleet girl who became a first lady of the colony. The cost is $5, which includes morning tea, and you can buy a signed copy of the book on the day. To book your tickets go to https://jessicanorth.eventbrite.com.au  

OPENING OF WOMEN’S ART EXHIBITION

When: Tuesday 9 March - 12 noon

Where: Penrith Central Library

Join us to celebrate the opening of the Women’s Art Exhibition (details below). Bookings are essential, call 4721 8749 or email

International Women’s Day in the Park

When: Tuesday 9 March – 5pm to 7pm

Where: Wainwright Park, Kingswood

Council invites you to join us in Wainwright Park, Kingswood on Tuesday 9 March for a free International Women’s Day celebration. This year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge and we’ll be celebrating the women in our community with free live music from local female artist Karleigh Rose and fun activities.

Women’s Legal Zoom Workshop

When: Tuesday 9 March – 10am to 11am

The Seniors Rights Service will host a free zoom workshop for women of all ages. Led by one of the service’s solicitors, topics include wills, power of attorney, guardianship and advance care directives. There’s no need to book, just click on the link below a few minutes before the start time on Tuesday: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76270279202?pwd=UGZwZysyYnRXZzA4OUd4dGRLeG1NQT09

“Get to know us” Day

When: Wednesday 10 March – 10am to 1pm

Where: Penrith Women’s Health Centre, 129-133 Henry Street, Penrith

Connect with other women and find out more about the Penrith Women’s Health Centre and Hope Street Women's Space through a range of free activities, including a Zumba class, tea making workshop, massage sessions and more. Booking are essential for this free event, call 4721 8749 or email

Penrith Women’s Walk and Talk

When: Wednesday 10 March – 6pm to 9pm

Where: Tench Reserve, Nepean River

Want to connect with likeminded local women while looking after for your mental and physical health? Step out with this inspiring group of women who meet each week to walk, talk and foster wellbeing.

The special IWD get together starts at 6pm at the Coffee Club, Nepean River for a cuppa and conversation about mental wellbeing, before a 7pm walk. Bring your kids, drag a friend along or come on your own.

To find out more, get in touch with Angela or Jess,

Energy and Water Ombudsman Zoom Presentation

When: Thursday 11 March – 12pm to 12:30pm

Find out how to save on your energy and water bills in this free Zoom presentation from the Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW (EWON). You’ll also learn about your eligibility for energy rebates and what schemes and products are available from the Government, retailers and how EWON can help you.

To opt-in for this free presentation email Yola, by Wednesday 10 March. 

MIRANDA PROJECT ART GROUP

When: Friday 12 March – 10am to 12pm

Where: Penrith Women’s Health Centre

Participate in Koori art and craft with Aunty Maureen celebrating the courage and strength of women. Booking priority given to women currently or previously involved in the criminal justice system. To book, call 0429 467 588 or email: 

International Women’s Day Village Café

  • Thursday 11 March - 9:30am to 11:30am, Wainwright Park, Bringelly Road, Kingswood
  • Thursday 18 March - 9:30am to 11:30am, Robin Wiles Park, Maple Road, North St Marys
  • Thursday 25 March – 9.30am to 11:30am, Llandilo Community Hall, Llandilo

The Village Café will celebrate International Women’s Day across three weeks and three locations through a range of inspiring activities focusing on women. The Village Café is a space where you can form new connections with neighbours and local services. For more information email

Lunchtime Tunes – Featuring Divinia Jean

When: Friday 12 March – 12pm to 2pm

Where: Triangle Park, High Street, Penrith

Celebrate International Women’s Day in song with Lunchtime Tunes from musician Divinia Jean. Divinia Jean is a live-looping musician and songwriter who layers guitars and vocals to bring her original songs and unique covers to life. Enjoy lunch in one of Triangle Park’s cafés while enjoying the free entertainment.

Women's Art Project

When: Monday 8 to Friday 12 March 

Where: Penrith City Library 

Enjoy original artworks and photogra

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