Sierra Makerspaces welcomed 15 women involved in the Soroptimist International Loomis Basin club and their friends to work in the sewing lab at Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College on January 29. They sewed elements of washable sanitary pads and kits for women and girls so that they don’t miss school when they have their periods.
The club’s goal is to make 200 kits including the transport bag, eight liners, two waterproof shields, soap and washcloth, two bags for washing and storing, two pairs of underwear and instructions.
The Loomis Soroptimist club is working with Days for Girls, a 501(c) 3 organization that helps women and girls all over the world manage their menstruation by providing safe, beautiful, washable and long-lasting alternatives as well as provides them with vital health education. More than 1.5 million women and girls have been reached and these kits have been distributed to 140 countries.
Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement with a network of around 72,000 club members in 121 countries. Advocating for human rights and gender equality, at the heart of Soroptimist International’s advocacy is its work across eight United Nations (UN) Centers, where UN representatives ensure that the voices of women and girls are heard. Members work on grassroots projects that help women and girls achieve their individual and collective potential, realize aspirations and have an equal voice in communities worldwide.