York International Women’s Week

by Handy Mag

5th – 13th March 2022

The programme of over thirty events is now available for York International Women’s Week 2022, celebrating International Women’s Day on 8th March and running from 5th–13th March. There is something for everyone with talks, music, exhibitions, workshops, clothes swaps and more, in a mix of in-person (indoor and outdoor) and online events. Most are free to attend.

Kyra Women’s Project in York

A ‘Question Time’ event will see local women politicians debating the theme ‘Women and Climate Change’ chaired by BBC York’s Elly Fiorentina. There are speakers from as far afield as Nicaragua, India, Uganda, Kyrgyzstan, and Afghanistan as well as local groups including Friends of Rowntree Park, York & District TUC, Real People Theatre and Yorkits.

Schoolgirls who have benefited from the Yorkits project to produce eco-friendly, washable feminine hygiene kits

Kyra Women’s Project’s Open Day will have speakers and taster sessions to dip into to see how the project helps women make positive changes in their lives.

York Theatre Royal and the Woodmeadow Trust are running a creative outdoors workshop. One Planet York is looking at the impact of personal care products on health and the environment. York Learning is running an art workshop using recycled materials and Mumbai-based speaker Aqui Thami is talking about the Sister Library, India’s only feminist library. And there is much more!

All events are run by local individual women and organisations, coordinated by a group of volunteers who are especially keen to hear from—and help—anyone facing barriers to joining in because of low income, disability, lack of confidence or anything else.

A spokesperson for the programme co-ordinating group said: “We are delighted to have such an exciting and wide-ranging programme with something for everyone. We are especially keen to help anyone facing barriers to attending because of low income, disability, lack of confidence or anything else to join in so do get in touch.”

Further details at www.yorkwomen.org.uk; printed programmes and flyers at venues around the city or posted on request. For more information, contact yorkwomensvoices@gmail.com or 01904 702060.

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