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York Minster is again marking International Women’s Day by hosting the annual Yorkits workshops where women can make washable reusable feminine hygiene kits and help to change lives.

The workshops are a chance for women of all ages to come together to give girls across the globe access to education, health, hygiene and dignity. In many developing countries, due to poverty, girls have no feminine hygiene provision and can’t go to school during menstruation, therefore missing out large parts of their education. Through the provision of free hygiene products they can access uninterrupted schooling, just as their male counterparts can.

Yorkits has devised the practical, low cost, re-usable solution of a kit which uses brightly patterned cottons to make cleverly designed pads and covers which are then packed into attractive drawstring bags. These can be easily sewn by hand or with a sewing machine. Each kit includes underwear, a wash cloth and two one-gallon, super-strong polythene zip-locked bags to enable items to be washed easily – particularly important in areas where clean water is scarce.

Yorkits is a Rotary York Ainsty project and is being coordinated by the club’s Past President, Mrs Issy Sanderson. More details about the project can be found HERE.

This year’s annual Yorkits workshops will take place on Thursday 10 March, with sessions taking place at 10am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4.00pm.

All materials and equipment will be provided and refreshments will be available.

Places at the workshops are limited and free tickets need to be booked in advance. Tickets are available via this page or by calling 01904 557200.

Please note, there is a suggested donation of £3.00, payable on the day, to cover the costs of materials and to help towards seed-funding community self-help groups overseas to make kits out of local materials.

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