In conjunction with the annual luncheon, IWD Illawarra supports a range of community events throughout the region.

Event: IWD 2024 Luncheon
Venue: WIN Entertainment Centre
Date: 8 March 2024
Time: 11:30am – 3.30pm
Tickets: $150 pp, price includes 3-course lunch and beverage package

Details: In 2024 we welcome keynote speaker Dr. Gill Hicks AM MBE to Wollongong.

A peace advocate, artist, and musician, Dr. Gill Hicks AM MBE will share her story of compassion and humanity, emerging from the ashes of chaos and hate. She is globally known as an advocate for sustainable peace and a valuable resource in countering violent extremism.

On 7 July 2005 Hicks set out for work and within hours, she was the last living casualty rescued from one of three Underground trains attacked by terrorists in the ‘7/7’ London bombings. Although she survived the attack, both her legs were amputated below the knee. But Gill is much more than a survivor. She founded M.A.D. Minds and Music Art Discussion, where she brings her performance and visual art together to express her wonder and observations of life. Returning to Australia, she continues to thrive in the arts and inspires with her resilience.

At IWD 2024, Gill’s story will leave you inspired by the power of choosing life, refusing to hate, and working towards a better humanity.

Each year, International Women’s Day celebrates a worldwide theme and in 2024 the theme is Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress. It examines the pathways to greater economic inclusion for women and girls to build their capabilities and strengthen their capacity to learn, earn and lead.

The annual charity fundraiser is one of the most sought-after events on the Illawarra calendar and helps raise awareness of the need for gender parity around the world.

Tickets are now sold out for the 2024 luncheon event!