International Women's Day 2017

Saturday, 4 March 2017 - 9:15am
IWD poster 2017




12.00 -1.00am

Tansy McNally

This Wednesday I'll be celebrating the talents of female musicians, artists, singers, performers and sound engineers.

It will be a magical mystery tour of sound, diversity and above all, female expression and creativity!

1.00 - 3.00 am

Are You Looking At Me music special

Liz Wright plays women through the years of rock, punk and pop.  Stay up late and listen to the voices of Yoko, Patti, Janis, Courtney and more. Women who changed the face of music. Some were hated but none are forgotten.

3.00 - 4.00 am

Queering the Air

A Dedication to Lisa Bellear - Thanh Hằng  & Iris chat to Virginia Fraser, co-curator of the 'Close to You: The Lisa Bellear Picture Show' that marked the tenth anniversary of Lisa's passing.  Lisa Bellear, a Minjungbul/ Goernpil/ Noonuccal/Kanak woman was an Indigenous activist, photographer, broadcaster, poet, feminist, academic and performer. Listen now.

4.00 -4.30 am


Aboriginal Women Speak Out - from the 3CR archives.   Presented by Maja Graham, Women On The Line (2007). Listen now.

4.30 - 5.00 am

Spoken Word

Di Cousens with Maxine Beneba Clarke reading the epic poem ‘Demerara Sugar’ from her new collection Carrying the World.  Encompassing Africa, Jamaica, Australia and the UK, the poem journeys through the sugar cane trade across centuries, countries and a family. Listen now.

5.00 - 5.30 am

National Features and Documentary Series

 ‘Remotely Intimate’ by Thanh Hằng Phạm. Listen now.

5.30 - 6.00 am

Lalitha Chelliah

Interviews with women on local and global campaigns.  Toni Pikos-Sallie from the WA Greens and Kurdish activist Seval Ulus. Listen now.

6.00 - 6.30 am

Women on the Line

‘Be Bold for Change, with me’ celebrates International Women’s Day with a collage of women talking about a woman or gender diverse person in their lives who has taught them what it means to Be Bold for Change with Aoife Cooke.  Listen now.


6.30 - 7.00 am

Earth Matters

Corey Green presents Earth Matters featuring Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Lubicon Cree from Northern Alberta,  talking about her community's fight against tar sand mining and their initiative to install solar energy. Listen now.

7.00 - 8.30 am


Breakfasters: Di, Ayan, Hope & Lalitha

Kick off the day by tuning into or joining us in-studio for a live breakfast special!

The morning will feature:

  • Breakfast and a chance to connect with amazing women, transwomen and non-binary people who are #boldforchange
  • Live Performances
  • A panel discussion with four amazing women about how they are Bold for Change. Panellists include:

Pila Darling, DJ Mzrizk, Idil Ali, Margherita Windisch

Listen now.

8.30 - 9.00 am

Stick Together

Annie McLoughlin presents union and workplace justice issues.  International Working Women's Day with a focus on #WRAW and #Stopping Gendered Violence At Workplaces.  Includes interview by Stick Together’s newest member Sarah McKenzie. Listen now.

9.00 - 9.30am

City Limits


Lyn Drummond asks: How can women with limited or no superannuation plan for a secure future? Why does Australia have such a highly gender-segregated jobs market? Listen now.

9.30 - 10.00

The Radioactive Show

Adnyamathanha Women Speaking Out Against the Nuclear Dump. Listen now.

10.00 - 11.00 am

Anarchist World This Week

Margaret Creagh presenting with Beth Matthews and Ruth Martin.

Celebrating the lives of anarchist and radical women including Emma Goldman, Lucy Parsons, Mother Jones, Volteraine de Cleyre and Australian Eco feminist Val Plumwood. Plus discussion of what International Women's Day means to each of us. Listen now.

11.00 am - 12.00 pm

Blaknoise Radio

Blak Betty will be celebrating deadly fine achievements of Aboriginal and Islander women.  Featuring  Radio Broadcaster Chrissy Collier-Bond, a preview of the NGV's Aboriginal and Islander women’s art exhibition: ‘Whose Afraid of Colour' and fabulous sounds from some Indigenous women recording artists. Listen now.

12.00 - 1.00 pm

Are You Looking At Me

Are you Looking At Me Heidi Everett? Liz Wright chats with the gorgeous talented and accomplished Heidi about Auslan and the Discovery Club. Tune in for an hour of discovery. Listen now.

1.00 - 2.00 pm

Precious Memories

Music and three of the Yarra Elders Stories series featuring Aunty Alma Thorpe, Aunty Jan Chessels, Aunty Beryl Booth.
Listen now.

2.00 - 2.30 pm

Doin’ Time

Marisa Sposaro speaks with Lisa Heap about Women’s Rights At Work and the demands of Unions and The Victorian Trades Hall in preparation for the rally.  Then Maryanne Mackay, Indigenous campaigner from Western Australia about Aboriginal deaths in custody, particularly focussing on Ms Dhu, and the history of oppression of Aboriginal women as a consequence of colonisation since 1788. Listen now.

2.30 - 3.00 pm

Renegade Economist


Western suburbs based feminist anti poverty activists Rayna Fahey and Juanita McLaren in conversation on the feminisation of poverty. Listen now.

3.00 - 4.00 pm

Out Of The Pan

Sally Goldner - Awesome Trans Women. Listen now.

4.00 - 5.00 pm

Radical Australia

Presenter by Dale Bridge with guest Laurel McKenzie. Listen now.

5.00 - 5.30 pm

Accent of Women

Presented by Jiselle Hanna. Listen now.

5.30 - 6.30 pm


Cross live to IWD rally on the steps of parliament.

Thanh Hằng Phạm and Corey Green on site.

Amy McMurtrie & Pilar Aguilera in the studio. Listen now.


6.30 - 7.00 pm

Nile Show

Sudanese Women’s show (Arabic) with Aziza Hussein. Listen now.

7.00 - 7.30 pm

Pilar Aguilera

The One Who Knows. Listen now.

7.30 - 8.30 pm

Mother Tongue

Hope Mathumbu will explore the intersection between migration and being a woman.


8.30 - 9.30 pm

Afghan Radio

Inspirational women in Afghanistan. Afghan Radio (Pashtu and Dari) interview with Soraya Palika and Jan Bartlet, (Tuesday Hometime)interview with Carolyn Coe. Listen now.

9.30 - 11.00 pm

Girls Rock!

Dale Bridge presents a selection of recordings from Girls Rock! Melbourne - a girls rock camp aimed to empower young female, trans and gender non-conforming youth aged 12-17 though music and education. Listen now.

11.00 - 12.00 pm

Apartment of Sound

Bounce to Bounce: Leanne & Namila bring a stack of their favourite women on vinyl and will bounce off each other’s songs

 Raising Our Voices:  Lisa and Jane speak with Cath McNamara from Women with Disabilities Victoria, about the issues faced by women with disabilities. Listen now.

International Women's Day Artwork by Ms Saffa and Molly Crabapple on 3CR wall.
Women and gender diverse broadcasters take to the airwaves bringing you 24 hours of programming dedicated to International Women's Day.



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