AHRI's International Women's Day Virtual Event

When: March 9 2021

Where: Virtual, Australia


It’s in our power to create psychologically-safe workplaces where everyone feels safe to stand up and speak out against sexual harassment.

AHRI’s International Women’s Day Virtual Event will explore how we can create a truth-telling work culture and help prevent sexual harassment at work.

AHRI's 2021 event will be completely virtual, held over lunchtime (Australian Eastern time) and will include a candid interview with Gretchen Carson by Australian journalist Leigh Sales, as well as a follow-on panel session facilitated by Leigh.

International Women’s Day is a day of celebration that also recognises the women who have come before, laid the groundwork and fought for the rights of all. Empowerment drives further empowerment – this is what International Women's Day (IWD) is all about.



Gretchen Carlson is a fierce, fearless and internationally recognised advocate for women’s rights, whose bold actions against Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes helped pave the way for the global #MeToo movement and was profiled in the 2019 movie Bombshell.

A journalist, author, TED talk alum, and champion for workplace equality, Gretchen was named one of Time Magazine’s "100 Most Influential People in the World" and is a member of the TIME’S UP Global Leadership Board. She’s a PEOPLE TV special contributor and host of the new daily news podcast Get The News With Gretchen Carlson on Quake Media. Gretchen is the author of the New York Times bestseller Be Fierce and Getting Real, and recently co-founded the non-profit Lift Our Voices to end the silencing of harassment victims through forced arbitration and non-disclosure agreements.

Gretchen 's advocacy for women is a cornerstone of her career, beginning in 1999 with a 30-part, award-winning series on domestic violence she produced and reported in Dallas. Her groundbreaking 2016 complaint against Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes made her the face of workplace harassment and inaugurated her more recent work to support survivors and hold predators accountable.  


Leigh Sales AM is an award-winning journalist and author who hosts the ABC TV flagship current affairs program 7.30. She's held a range of senior reporting roles at the network, including National Security Correspondent and Washington Correspondent. She has two Walkley awards, Australia's highest journalism honour.

Leigh has interviewed innumerable world leaders and celebrities and also anchors the ABC’s federal election and budget night coverage.

Leigh is the author of three critically-acclaimed books, Detainee 002, On Doubt and Any Ordinary Day which was an instant bestseller on release in October 2018. It was highly commended in the 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards and deals with what happens when ordinary people are blindsided by the kinds of events that land on the news.

Alongside Annabel Crabb, Leigh is the co-host of the popular podcast Chat 10, Looks 3, which receives hundreds of thousands of downloads per episode.

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