This week eighteen women came together at Govanhill Baths to map out a women’s economy
Our focus was on charting activity “below the water level” – all the unseen, unpaid labour, sharing, caring and love hours that go in to make our communities vibrant and sustainable.
In talking about the specific roles women play in this economy we discussed:
women in the arts,
the caring for families that is essential in building our society,
sharing of knowledge and advice (in person and online),
communal cooking and food sharing,
use of domestic space as work space,
how we can actively care for and help women in other parts of the world,
emotional labour in the home,
emotional labour in the workplace
Photography by Angela Catlin
Screen printing slogans from The People’s Bank of Govanhill manifesto
CURRENCY IS NOT CAPITAL
MONEDA NU E CAPITAL
MENOU NIE JE KAPITAL
کرنسی سرمایہ نہیں ہے
Photographs by Bob Moyler
We took the Timebank Tumbola along to Alison Street last week
Pledges are made for community actions, favours and gifts then exchanged at random by spinning the tumbola.
New pledges include: rhubarb crumble made with locally grown rhubarb, Romanian lessons, guitar lessons, a cup of tea and a chat
With every exchange new connections are formed
The People’s Bank of Govanhill is in residence at Govanhill Community Canteen this month.
Language swaps over lunch look at the value of language while we share expressions, phrases and idioms from our cultures.
Languages shared so far: Romainian, Lithuanian, Gaelic, Romany, Persian, Farsi, Urdu, Slovakian, French, Geordie and Scots
Inga, Calina and Ailie took the new booth along to Govanhill Library last week
Young Roma people mapped a sharing economy amongst friends and extended family networks
Continuing to use the iceberg metaphor as a means of discussing and recording Govanhill’s diverse economy we took to Alison Street yesterday afternoon
below the water level activity includes:
volunteering in community shop, looking after my elderly neighbour, sharing meals, music sharing, looking after each others’ children, pet sharing and the support-in-kind economy of the arts
Women from the Chai and Chat group at The Well, Govanhill decorate the new multi-lingual signage for The People’s Bank of Govanhill
Continuing the monthly discussion groups, this time we met at Yadgar Kebab House.
Based on JK Gibson-Graham‘s metaphor of the economy as an iceberg, the group aims to take this conversation onto the streets to invite the wider community to take part in redrawing our local economy and expand our notion of currency.
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“A new project celebrates the people whose daily endeavours are ascribed little economic value but remain a vital part of life in the most diverse part of Glasgow”
A review of our women’s event in Govanhill last month. Read the full article here TheLongandShort.org
The event brought together women from different backgrounds to share lunch and map their own experiences of community economy.
A short film by Hazel Sheffield
The People’s Bank of Govanhill has been working with Castlemilk Timebank and the Glasgow pound working group to build a city-wide network of community currencies across Glasgow
In November 2016 we brought together Glasgow citizens, councillors, and local currency projects from across Scotland for ‘People Powered Money – Building a community currency network for Glasgow’ at Glasgow City Chambers
The report from our Theory of Change workshop hosted by Charlotte Millar from New Economy Organisers Network is now published