International Women’s Day celebrations at Melbourne Quarter promise an inspiring buzz of activity


By Helena Morgan

From March 6 to March 10, the city’s newest precinct Melbourne Quarter will host a variety of free and ticketed events to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Melbourne Quarter, dubbed as “the new local”, is one of the largest new mixed-use urban regeneration developments in Melbourne.

Nestled in the heart of the CBD directly opposite Southern Cross Station, the quarter boasts a diverse range of eateries, unique stores, meandering laneways and green public spaces.

On March 7, local entrepreneur, bestselling author and Seize the Yay podcast host Sarah Davidson will kick off proceedings with a panel discussion reflecting on her career journey. Sarah will share her experiences alongside a panel of powerful women in businesses such as EnergyAustralia, IDP Education, and Wesfarmers OneDigital, who will unpack topics such as how best to ensure equality within the workplace.

Sarah highlighted the ongoing significance of International Women’s Day as a yearly reminder to applaud the social, economic, cultural and political accomplishments of women. She said she was elated to share her experiences alongside additional strong and powerful women in business.


“I’m hoping our event will shed light on the important theme of embracing equity for International Women's Day this year and look forward to learning from all the participants and community initiatives throughout the week,” Sarah said.


There is a wide range of activities and events on offer for patrons, such as a perfume masterclass in collaboration with the Powder Room wherein participants will score a personal fragrance.

On the same day as Sarah Davidson’s panel discussion, First Nations fashion label, NGALI, and designs from four other First Nations creatives will be involved in a fashion installation.

There will be plenty of entertainment on offer as well with a line-up of home-grown female musicians scheduled to perform from 12pm to 3pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Melbourne artist Justine McAllister will also create a mural on Gunpowder Walk inspired by this year’s International Women’s Day theme.

“There is so much on offer for Melbournians and visitors to experience and take part in,” Sarah said. “I look forward to seeing the hive of activity as Melbourne Quarter champions International Women’s Day for 2023.”

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