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7 Things To Do In Perth To Celebrate International Women’s Day 2022

By Claire Logan
1st Mar 2022

International Women’s Day (IWD) is around the corner, so let us just start by saying that women are bloody awesome. We're big believers in celebrating women every day of the week, but Tuesday 8 March provides a valuable reminder to get out there and show your support. 

This year's theme calls on us to reflect on how you can #breakthebias and work towards a diverse and inclusive world that’s absent of stereotypes and discrimination. To us this means celebrating all womxn—that’s BIPOC womxn, womxn with disability, those who identify as womxn, non-binary individuals, trans, intersex, QTIPOC womxn… the list goes on. And, no, that's not a spelling error—we're sticking to womxn, a more inclusive term, for the rest of the article.

We’ve rounded up seven ways you can celebrate womxn, and reflect on and challenge gender-related bias this IWD. Get out there and show your support.

Support Survivors Of Domestic Abuse With This Limited-Edition Urban List X Mettle Gift Package

Anyone who’s tuned into Netflix’s major 2022 series, Maid, will have some idea of just how difficult it is for womxn trying to free themselves from family and domestic abuse. It’s the leading cause of homelessness for womxn in Australia, yet it’s still so incredibly stigmatised and too often employers still overlook these womxn as worthy candidates for work. That’s where Mettle Gifts come in. Aside from delivering the most amazing bespoke gift boxes, the trail-blazing national gift co employs, trains and financially supports womxn experiencing homelessness due to family and domestic violence—helping them build pathways towards secure employment and the safe and stable future they deserve. In celebration of IWD, we’ve partnered with Mettle Gifts this year to create a limited edition gift for you to share with the special womxn in your life—by doing so, just know you are helping #breakthebias and change real womxn’s lives. It also includes a cheeky discount so they can pass the love on too! Shop it here.

Celebrate Womxn In Hospitality At The Mix Haus X Nowhereman IWD Tap Takeover

Ezra Pound | Tuesday 8 March

For those who aren’t familiar, Mix Haus is an awesome not-for-profit dedicated to supporting womxn in hospitality through workshops, training and just generally carving out more safe spaces for womxn to truly thrive in our hospo scene. It’s something we can definitely get behind and we’re glad to hear one of our fave laneway bars, Ezra Pound, can too. They’ll be handing the space over to Mix Haus to paint the bar pink for the evening, so from 5.30pm the bar will be staffed 100% by superstar womxn and their special collab Nowhereman brew will be flowing alongside some other juicy drink specials. Get down and show your support for all the amazing womxn that keep our hospitality world spinning over a few drinks. RSVP here.

You should also check out this valuable chat we had with Reid Gunter, co-founder of Mix Haus, about how we can really strive for inclusivity this International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day Lunch At SoHo Lane

SoHo Lane | Tuesday 8 March

SoHo Lane in Mount Lawley is opening their aesthetic pink-hued cafe for a special International Women’s Day Lunch from 12pm to 2pm on Tuesday 8 March. Celebrate womxn over a gourmet grazing board and get to know a few new faces in a supportive environment while sipping through a glass or two of bubbles. Tickets are limited on this one due to the new government restrictions, so act quick if you want to come along. Buy tickets here.

Raine Square’s Empowered Art Installation 

Raine Square | Now Until Tuesday 8 March

If you’re passing through the city between now and 8 March, it’s worth pulling into Raine Square and taking a moment to appreciate and recognise some of WA’s most inspiring womxn in history. Created by local artist Hannah Thatcher, Empowered features a series of vibrant pop-art portraits of women like Edith Cowan, Barbara Jackson, Daisy Bindi and Mary Raine (the namesake of Raine Square itself) along with a brief background on each. While you’re there you can also nominate an inspiring womxn and go in the draw to win a $2k Flight Centre voucher. But if you need another reason to visit the ‘grammable exhibition, between 11.30am and 1.30pm on Tuesday 8 March you can enjoy complimentary purple bubbles and a few desserts while you peruse the art installation. Find out more here.

Her Société International Women’s Day Lunch At The Flour Factory

The Flour Factory | Tuesday 8 March

Join Her Société at this two course IWD lunch at The Flour Factory. They’ll be tackling the topic of breaking the bias, with inspiring guest speakers and plenty of networking opps to keep those conversations going right through to dessert. Plus, you’ll also head home with a goodie bag packed with supplies from local womxn run businesses. Buy tickets here.

Banana Bread For A Good Cause At The Flour Factory 

The Flour Factory | Wednesday 9 to Saturday 12 March

You really shouldn’t need an excuse to devour a plate or two of banana bread, but here it is: The Flour Factory’s Head Chef, Jade Jones, will be serving up epic slabs of her famous banana bread all week (9-12 March) for International Women’s Day to raise funds for the Zonta House Refuge Association—a community organisation supporting womxn experiencing family and domestic abuse. We should also point out that Jones is the first female head chef in the Sneakers & Jeans group, so it’s definitely worth showing her some love and support this IWD. After all, gender inequality is still a very real issue in Australian kitchens, with females making up just 25% of professional chefs around the country.

Changing Climate: International Women’s Day 2022 For First Nations Women

Online | Friday 4 March

This year, the First Nations Foundation is holding a virtual event, dubbed Changing Climate: International Women's Day 2022 For First Nations WomenLarisha Jerome and Letisha Jarden are hosting the afternoon discussion, and will focus on the intersection between gender equality and a sustainable future. The event will also host proud Yolŋu woman Liandra Gaykamang who'll talk about her sustainable fashion label, Liandra Swim. All are welcome to join the online event, and it’s a great way to connect and listen to inspiring Indigenous voices. Free registration and a link to the online event can be found over here, with more information available via the Facebook event.

Now, check out how you can create change and strive for real inclusivity this IWD.

Image credit: Raine Square and Mettle Gifts

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