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Our 2021 Annual International Women’s Day event has gone virtual and we've got 2 SUPER WOMEN as our webinar special guests. 

A CONVERSATION WITH DR WENDY PAGE NT Australian of the Year 2021
The inspiring and compelling Dr Wendy Page will be sitting down with Professor Ruth Wallace to chat about becoming the 2021 NT recipient of the Australian of the Year Award. Wendy will also talk about her work with Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation, raising awareness of Strongyloidiasis and sharing her thoughts on the #ChoosetoChallenge theme for this years International Women’s Day. Webinar includes Q&A session.

A live and recorded webcast of this event is available at https://vimeo.com/524045925

Young Australian of the Year 2021, Isobel Marshall will present on her work to have period poverty on the national agenda to ensure periods are not a barrier to education or cause shame, and that menstrual products be accessible and affordable. Also what it took to Crowdfund and launch the TABOO brand of menstrual health products that uses 100% of its profits to fund sanitary care and education programs. Isobel will also address the International Women’s Day 2021 theme #ChoosetoChallenge. Webinar includes Q&A session.

A live and recorded webcast of this event is available at https://vimeo.com/527650834


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Guest Speaker

Dr Wendy Page

Dr Wendy Page
Global expert in Aboriginal health


For more than 30 years, Dr Wendy Page has been dedicated to improving Aboriginal health outcomes, working tirelessly at the grassroots level for the communities in North East Arnhem Land. In 1993, Wendy took up a position at the newly established Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation in Nhulunbuy, where she is now medical director.

Wendy has worked to highlight and eliminate a parasitic roundworm prevalent in Aboriginal communities across Northern Australia. She set up the first national workshop for strongyloidiasis, a disease caused by the Strongyloides worm. Read her full BIO

Dr Wendy Page Wednesday
10 March
12.30-1.15pm (ACST)

Isobel Marshall

Isobel Marshall
Social entrepreneur


At just 18 years of age, Isobel Marshall co-founded TABOO with school friend Eloise Hall, to help women around the world by breaking down stigma around menstruation and providing greater access to hygiene products.

Isobel and business partner Eloise, crowdfunded $56,000 to launch their range of products in August 2019. TABOO sells high quality, ethically sourced, organic cotton pads and tampons to an Australian market, with 100 per cent of net profits going to One Girls – a charity providing education programs for girls and women in Sierra Leone and Uganda. 

Locally, Isobel and TABOO have partnered with Vinnies Women’s Crisis centre, providing free access to pads and tampons for women who require emergency accommodation in South Australia. Recognising period poverty is not just a big city issue, they also support the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council.

Isobel is also a full-time student at the University of Adelaide, where she is studying a Bachelor of Medicine (MBBS) and a Bachelor of Surgery. Read her full BIO

Isobel Marshall
17 March
12.30-1.15pm (ACST)


Prof Ruth Wallace

Professor Ruth Wallace
Director – Northern Institute
Dean – College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society, Charles Darwin University
Dean – College of Education, Charles Darwin University

Professor Ruth Wallace is the Director of the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University and the Dean of the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society, College of Education. Her research interests relate to the links between social policy that addresses the concerns of people and systems remote from core decision making processes. Her research also relates to the identities of marginalised learners has impacted on the development of effective learning and workforce development pathways. This work is situated in regional and remote areas of Northern Australia and Indonesia, with a specific focus in research approaches to improve service delivery and adaptation, undertaken with Aboriginal people in remote and regional areas. Read her full BIO


Got questions? Please contact the event organiser via email at thenortherninstitute@cdu.edu.au or telephone 08 8946 7468

The history of the Northern Institute celebrating International Women's Day

  • In 2020 we heard stories from inspirational women about the hurdles they’ve overcome to achieve equality and raised funds for the Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund (WWF - Australia) to care for wildlife injured in bushfires around Australia. (view event page and view gallery)
  • In 2019 we heard stories from Anti-Family Violence Campaigner, Charlie King OAM, Indigenous Academic Dr Läwurrpa Maypilama and Transgender Women’s Advocate Dr Belinda Chaplin. Money raised went to White Ribbon Australia to help stop violence against women. (view event page and image gallery)
  • In 2018 we partnered with the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA Darwin-Palmerston and Rural,NT) conducted a panel discussion ‘Paid work & Parenting: Policy Matters’ addressing returning to work as a primary carer of children, the challenges faced and the policies that make it easier(view image gallery) Gold coin donation went to ABA to buy breastpumps for returning to work mums.
  • In 2017 our guests were encouraged to be bold in the workplace and home and continue the journey towards a gender equal society - gold coin entry went to the Australian Red Cross (view image gallery)
  • In 2016 we pledged for parity and fundraised for Darwin Aboriginal and Islander Women's Shelter (DAIWS) to go towards duress alarms & security lighting for safehouses (view image gallery)
  • In 2015 we encouraged Indigenous girls and women to consider a career in research and raised money for Arnhem Land communities affected by Cyclone Lam (view image gallery)
  • In 2014 we brought attention to the issue of domestic violence against Indigenous women in the NT and raised money for Dawn House who provide services to women and children escaping domestic and family violence. (view image gallery)
  • In 2013 we worked with the Melaleuca Refugee Centre to educate about the plight of female refugees settling into the NT (view image gallery).
  • In 2012 we supported the Partners Improving Markets program, which make marketplaces safe for women in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu   (view image gallery)
  • Our first event in 2011 we supported Care Australia to help women eg. Health education for a pregnant woman, fund a women's group meeting, training a woman in legal rights (view image gallery)

International Women's Day is officially held on March 8 annually. Find out more...