Sunday is traditionally a day to unwind, de-stress and do, well, a whole lot of nothing, really. But for those who prefer their relaxation with a touch of contemplation, head to the All About Women festival, part of the Ideas at the House series of public lectures.

The festival will explore a diverse range of topics relating to women, with talks by some fascinating individuals including Alison Bechdel, cartoonist, author and the woman who introduced us to the Bechdel test – used to identify gender bias in popular culture – who will be discussing her life in the world of drawing. Lucy Siegle, ethical columnist for the Observer, will be exploring fashion and its social and environmental impacts while contributing editor at New York Magazine, Jennifer Senior, will discuss her book All Joy and No Fun, which dissects the controversial idea that parents love their children, but are dissatisfied with their lives.

Egyptian-American journalist, Mona Eltahawy, will also be appearing as part of the festival. After being beaten and sexually assaulted in Cairo in 2011, Mona has been outspoken in her campaign against sexual violence and will be exploring the subject of political freedom and women’s freedom in the Arab World with her talk Egypt, The Arab World and the War on Women.

Alongside talks, the festival will include film screenings, a clothes swap event and panel discussions with the likes of Jane Caro and Clementine Ford delving into the tricky topic of How to Break up with a Friend while Annabel Crabb and Ann Sherry will discuss How To Say No, a guide to reducing commitment overload while still living a fulfilling life.

The All About Women festival will be held at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday March 30. For more details and to purchase tickets visit ideas.sydneyoperahouse.com/events.