International Women’s Day Breakfast 2020 – A feminist approach to climate justice

About the event

We are delighted to announce Women’s Health West’s annual International Women’s Day breakfast for 2020.

This year, we will discuss what a feminist approach to climate justice looks like. The devastating impacts of climate change disproportionately affect marginalised communities. We will discuss the ways in which colonisation and capitalism lead to social and environmental injustice for these communities, but also the role we can play as feminists in the fight towards climate justice.

Please note that this event will be Auslan interpreted.

Date: Tuesday 3 March 2020
Time: Breakfast from 8.30am, speakers start at 9.00am. Event ends approx. 10.30am
Venue: MetroWest, 138 Nicholson St, Footscray VIC 3011
Cost: Free
Register: Please RSVP via our Eventbrite listing.


We are thrilled to announce that we will be joined by some incredible speakers who will share their thoughts with us! There will also be a chance to ask the speakers some questions during then event.

Lidia Thorpe – former Greens MP for Northcote

Lidia Thorpe is a Gunnai-Kurnai and Gunditjmara woman, who was the first Aboriginal woman voted into Victorian Parliament. Lidia is the former Greens MP for Northcote, is a mother and grandmother living on Wurundjeri Country and environmental activist.

Lidia’s first speech in state parliament was absolutely incredible, and highly recommended viewing if you missed it at the time. We also encourage you to check out Lidia’s social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) to follow the work she has been doing around climate and social justice. 

Dr Debra Parkinson – Gender and Disaster Pod

Dr Debra Parkinson is the Manager of the Gender and Disaster Pod (GAD Pod) an initiative of two Victorian Women’s Health organisations: Women’s Health Goulburn North East  and Women’s Health In the North, working in partnership with the Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative.

The GAD Pod was formally established in 2015 to promote an understanding of the role gender plays in survivor responses to natural disaster, and to embed these insights into emergency management practice.


We’ll be serving a light breakfast and refreshments from 8:30 am. Event attendance is free but please RSVP so that we can cater accordingly. 


We are excited to announce that this year’s event will be held at VU’s MetroWest, located on Nicholson St, Footscray.

The venue is easily accessible by train (Footscray Station) and by tram (82 tram). Click here for a full list of public transport and parking options.

Then venue is wheelchair accessible.

Spread the word

We invite you to bring along someone who might not usually celebrate International Women’s Day. Bring a friend, a colleague, a neighbour or partner! We believe women’s voices should be heard by all – not just by women – and if we can diversify our audience we will know we’re making real strides towards our goal of gender equity.