Tue, 08/03/2022 | News

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2022: Break the Bias

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on 8 March every year to commemorate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality. The 2022 campaign theme #BreaktheBias acknowledges that bias makes it difficult for women to forge ahead. Knowing that bias exists is not enough and action is needed to level the playing field.

At NCIRS we celebrate the role our female leaders, including Director Professor Kristine Macartney, and our many female staff play in leading and supporting collaborative research to advance immunisation policy and practice in Australia and globally to save lives and achieve better health through the equitable use of vaccines. 

This IWD, we particularly acknowledge and recognise the contribution of our staff and collaborators who have had, and continue to have, a direct impact on the lives of people by contributing to the COVID-19 public health response in Australia and our region.

At NCIRS, women are able to achieve their greatest potential, both professionally and personally, and contribute to global public health in the process. 

Hear about this from two of our staff members, Dr Ketaki Sharma and Kiya Shipley, who share their reflections on their career in public health, what inspires them and what this year’s theme means to them:

Dr Ketaki Sharma – NCIRS Staff Specialist 
Kiya Shipley – NCIRS Aboriginal Population Health Trainee

To learn more about how you can support International Women’s Day and beyond, visit the IWD resources page.