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International Women's Day 2024

Each year on March 8 International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women as well as calling for action to accelerate women’s equality.

The theme for International Women’s Day this year is #InspireInclusion. This year’s theme acknowledges that when we inspire others to understand and value women's inclusion, we forge a better world.

Throughout CFA and VFBV, there are many examples of the contribution women make to our communities and our fire services. The work and decisions being made today to embrace diversity and inclusion will ensure more women are supported and encouraged into the fire services for future generations.

To each of the dedicated, highly skilled and much appreciated women in CFA and across all fire and emergency services, thank you for the contribution you make to making communities safer today and every day of the year.

Each of us can play a part in actively supporting and embracing equity within our own sphere of influence. This can include simple steps such as challenging stereotypes, calling out discrimination, drawing attention to bias and actively seeking out how to include others within our brigades, workplaces, communities, CFA and the wider emergency services across Victoria.

Members are reminded of our CEO's editorial that covered International Women’s Day history in great detail, including some helpful hints and tips that invite CFA members to reflect on how each of us can contribute to building inclusive brigade cultures where women are not only welcomed, but thrive. You can re-read that piece here: VFBV CEO Editorial - Taking the lead on IWD

We also take this opportunity on International Women’s Day to re-share below many of the profile stories of influential and inspirational women across CFA that continue to inspire us.


VFBV CEO Editorial: Taking the lead.

Inviting CFA members to reflect on how each of us can contribute to building inclusive brigade cultures where women are not only welcomed but thrive.


New women's team to compete in State Firefighter Championships

Trusted mentor recognised with highest honour
Rosebud firefighter happy to help in the mountains
Breast cancer survivor tells her story to help fellow firefighters
Faces of CFA - Bronwyn Hastings
Local favourite becomes first women to captain Sorrento Fire Brigade
Avenel CFA gains first woman in their Captain's seat
Inspirational leader receives firefighting's highest honor
Camperdown brigade is a second family for young working locals
Buzzing after their first turnout
Newest Mallacoota Captain aims to inspire others
Rowville Fire Brigade’s women leading the way
Female firefighter Sheryl Batrouney talks about breaking the bias on the fireground
Inspiring leader and Captain – Sheryn Gallagher
Female Captains share stories for International Women's Day
A celebration of CFA's rural women
Volunteers honoured by road naming
Creating connections and investing in our youth
Diversity at the forefront for AFSM recipient
Diamond Creek Fire Brigade boosts confidence in young members
CFA celebrates International Women's Day
Volunteers who are staff
Following in the family's footsteps
The joy of being a junior leader
Faces of CFA - Leonie Turner, Hoddles Creek Fire Brigade
A commitment to service
A passion to lead CFA's next generation



About VFBV: VFBV is established under the Country Fire Authority Act and is the peak body for CFA Volunteers in Victoria. VFBV works tirelessly to represent, advocate and support CFA volunteers to the CFA Board and management, governments, ministers, members of parliament, councils, instrumentalities, business and the public. Our vision is for Strong Volunteerism, Embraced to Build Community Resilience for a Safer Victoria.

This article is part of our series celebrating women in CFA for International Women's Day.

The first International Women’s Day gathering occurred in 1911, you can read more about the history of International Women’s Day on the International Women’s Day website.



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