International Women’s Day will be celebrated on Tuesday 8 March, and ACS has a number of events to mark the occasion.

This year’s theme is #BreakTheBias, and ACS is celebrating around the country as follows:

Tuesday 8 March

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will be debuting a new series, 'Women in IT Leadership' on IWD, featuring interviews with 15 of Australia's top female executives from Google Cloud, AWS, Oracle, IBM, Cognizant, Seek, Cisco, PwC, Dicker Data, BRM Advisory, Simpology, Rackspace, Mimecast, Tesserent and Thoughtworks.

ACS Canberra is holding a panel session: Addressing Australia’s ICT Skills Shortage – a Diversity and Inclusion Approach, at the National Portrait Gallery from 7.15am to 9am. Details and tickets here.

ACS NSW will be hosting a Rare Birds event at Barangaroo, with a panel event. Expert will discuss what insights can be drawn from COVID and how to create a more inclusive post pandemic recovery. Details and tickets here.

Wednesday 9 March

In honour of International Women's Day, River City Labs in Brisbane will be opening its doors to the wider community to use as a workspace for the day. Free coffee and a chance to network with the RCL startup community of founders, partners and mentors from 9 to 10.30am. Details here.

Over lunch, RCL will host International Women’s Day Cocktails & Conversations with Freelancing Gems. A cocktail on arrival and the opportunity to network with powerful women before hearing from women paving their way in their various industries. The event runs from 11.30am to 2pm.

Also today, IAPA – Australia’s only analytics association – celebrates International Women’s Day with a spotlight on over 30 women in analytics in Australia, and support for the women’s scholarship program to study analytics at Kaplan Business School.

Thursday 17 March

ACS NT will host a ​​​​​key note presentation followed by a panel session discussing how women working in digital, technical and ICT professions can build confidence and resilience in an ever-evolving tech landscape. This is a free face-to-face event. Details here.

Thursday 31 March

ACS Victoria is hosting a Diversity and Inclusion breakfast to discuss the effect of the pandemic on women in tech. The event will be facilitated by facilitator Jo Stewart-Rattray, ACS VP of Communities. Jo has over 25 years’ experience in the ICT field and has had an annual award established in her honour to recognise her outstanding leadership and commitment to increasing the representation of women in technology leadership and the tech workforce more broadly. Tickets and details here.