Millions celebrating International Women's Day with tea
Millions of people worldwide are preparing for International Women's Day, with tea-themed events popping up all over Australia in commemoration of the occasion!
Observed since the early 1900s, the global phenomenon is celebrated on March 8, with organisations, educational institutions, groups and governments all marking the economic, political and social achievements of women throughout the decades.
And whether it's morning tea, afternoon tea or high tea - there seems to be one beverage that is forming a central part of the festivities.
Tea-based events are helping to set the scene for fundraising initiatives, with thousands of women's groups and activists collecting money around Australia for both local and national causes.
So why not check out what's going on in your area and make sure you put your weight behind the campaign for women's equality? As well as enjoy some excellent drinks and nibbles at the same time!
This year's theme
According to the International Women's Day website, the theme for 2013 is The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum - with a focus on the growing support for equal rights worldwide.
Previous campaigns have targeted other issues, including highlighting hunger and poverty in rural areas across the globe last year and 2011's goal to ensure females have better access to science and technology, as well as training.
Closer to home, International Women's Day in Australia has seen the federal government and various state departments tackle important gender issues, such as domestic violence and building better communities.
Join the fun
Fancy taking part? Women are being encouraged to sign up all across the world and arrange their own events, with 143 get-togethers already officially taking place in Australia.
So if you want to join the thousands of women setting up their own morning, afternoon and high tea sessions, check out some tea service sets online and start preparing for the big day!