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WOMEN AND NON-BINARY FOOTBALLERS WANTED

to take part in a 3-sided co-operative football match organised by Swap Market, Govanhill.

Planned to take place over the weekend of 12th /13th June the match will be a fun way of looking at different themes in feminist economics. Footballers will play for 3 teams: Degrowth, Decolonisation and Climate Action, all aiming to form allegiances rather than beat the other teams. If conventional football looks like an argument, co-operative football is a conversation.
Footballers will be paid for their time @ £20/hr.
For more info contact events@swapmarket.info

image of a woman in football strip with football and a woman sewing football strips

Manifesto for Feminist Economics and Climate Action

Happy International Women’s Day!

Here’s our Manifesto for Feminist Economics and Climate Action

created by Swap Market members with Sapna Agarwal for manifestos from times of crisis

  1. Life should be the subject of the economy.
  2. We believe that human beings have inherent value outwith their capacity to produce.
  3. We believe that society being rich should not be measured monetarily but in the creative diversity of people’s contributions.
  4. We believe that centres of power need to acknowledge that humans require more than their basic physiological needs to thrive and act on it. Those include a community, emotional wellbeing, creativity and a social support network.
  5. We believe that centralised power has a responsibility to prioritise the wellbeing of their citizens above everything else. Kindness and compassion should be the foundation of all societal structures.
  6. We believe that change can happen from the places where life is lived. This can include kitchens and living rooms and other everyday places of connectivity.
  7. We believe that change comes from living the lives we want and building outwards.
  8. We believe that change comes from real people talking to and caring for each other.
  9. We believe that there needs to be a radical re-examination of the concept of work that is more inclusive of the infinite number of activities that have value that humans can engage in.
  10. Using this more inclusive concept of work, we believe that work can be joyful, work can be playful, work can be creative, emotional contributions are work and must have rest as a counterpoint. 
  11. All people, especially women, should not have to buy themselves time in order to have a joyful existence.
  12. We believe that the pursuit of joy and creativity through play are absolutely essential to every human’s actualisation and that any economy should facilitate and allow opportunity for that pursuit.
  13. We believe that rest is essential. 

more info at https://manifestosfromtimesofcrisis.com/manifesto/18/

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2021 Women and the Crisis: A panel discussion


Women and the Crisis: A panel discussion and a celebration of intersectional feminist activism
Tuesday 9 March, 2-3pm GMT
Hosted by Glasgow’s Centre for Gender History
Featuring Glasgow Women’s Aid and The People’s Bank of Govanhill
Join us to hear from practitioners how the current Covid crisis and years of cuts to social services affect women and further marginalise groups that are already struggling and gain insight into feminist solutions.

Book here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/international-womens-day-panel-discussion-centre-for-gender-history-tickets-143281690393

Feminist International

We’re often asked for good references and reading on feminist economics.

This short description by Verónica Gago in her new book “Feminist International: How to Change Everything” is one of the best we’ve read

String Figuring

Since Since Covid-19 has radically changed our working practices, artist Ailie Rutherford, designer Bettina Nissen and creative technologist Bob Moyler have been working to co-design new collaborative software for collective working centred on a principle of mutual care and co-operation. Adapted from a print-block mapping toolkit designed by Ailie for The People’s Bank of Govanhill this digital tool allows local and trans-local collectives to collaborate in an online space to remotely create intricate visual diagrams coded with information and build de-centralised support networks.

More here

Food Sovereignty – new Swap Market window display

Our window display for October had been created by young activists in collaboration with Rumpus Room, Daikon zine and Küche artists on the theme of Food Sovereignty

Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It puts those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than the demands of markets.

Crypto-Knitting-Circles research now in Spanish

The Crypto-Knitting-Circles research project took place at Swap Market last year. Lead by Ailie Rutherford and Bettina Nissen, research looked at potential applications of new and emerging technologies within feminist and community currency.

The research publication has been translated to Spanish by Ana Inés Heras and Matías Miguel Burin Heras

Bettina Nissen and Ailie Rutherford are now working on a follow up to this research with the project String Figures to visualise and build a de-centralised open-source network centred on a principle of mutual care

Reform the Gender Recognition Act – guest blog post by Nat Walpole

This month’s window display is a call for the reformation of the 2004 Gender Recognition Act

Trans people in the UK currently have to go through a long and humiliating process to get their gender legally changed, which can lead to them being outed and leave them legally vulnerable. There has been a campaign to reform it to make it faster and more accessible, including a period of public consultation earlier this year, which was received positively. The piece includes depictions of the diversity of gender identities and expressions, most of which are loosely based on local trans people the artist knows, and calls for not only the reforms proposed, but a radical inclusion of all gender identities beyond the binary.

Human gender is varied and complex, and the law should not define it so narrowly, and whilst it is not the state’s place to describe the full complexity. It is vitally important in order to protect the rights of trans people (including non binary trans people) that we have ways to gain legal recognition as the genders we truly are.

To learn more about the Gender Recognition Act, and the reforms proposed visit:

https://www.scottishtrans.org    

https://www.equality-network.org

https://www.stonewallscotland.org.uk

The Gender Recognition Act of 2004 is a bill written in response to a European Court of Human Rights ruling that not offering a trans person the opportunity to change their legal gender, infringed their human rights.

Whilst the 2004 bill allows people to change their legal gender, it comes short in a number of ways.  

PROBLEMS WITH THE 2004 ACT

* It is heavily medicalised, requiring a medical diagnosis of Gender Dysphoria, this process is often protracted and demeaning. And there is no guarantee that a diagnosis will be acquired – especially in places where trans healthcare is not readily available.

* The trans person is required to have lived in their “new” gender for 2 years, and must document this fact.

* The trans person must submit documentation of this to a Gender Recognition Panel, who they will never meet.

* If the trans person is married, in England and Wales their spouse must consent to the legal recognition, although this is not the case in Scottish law the process is still complicated if spousal approval is unavailable.

* The Act has no provisions for recognising Non-Binary identities of any kind, essentially excluding a large portion of trans people from any form of legal recognition.

* This process is only available for people aged 18 or over, meaning many trans youth are unable to access necessary services and legal protection.

Because of this, currently fewer than 1 in 10 trans people in the UK have legal recognition of their gender identity, this can cause numerous issues for trans people. 

Including issues travelling, accessing healthcare, a lack of protection under the equalities act of 2010, leaving them open to prosecution of “sex by deception” if they do not share their trans identity to sexual partners, and for asylum seekers issues around “proving” their trans identity to UK immigration control.

REFORM

From December 2019 to 17th March 2020, there was a period of public consultation on a reform to the act in Scotland. The reformed bill would be far less hostile to trans people, and while the reform has been halted due to Covid-19, will offer real changes and improvements to the lives of many trans people.

It will:

* Remove the current requirement for medical diagnosis.

* Lower the waiting time of 2 years to 3 months, and a following 3 month reflection period.

* Allow people ages 16 and up to apply for this legal recognition.

However the reform will not solve all the issues surrounding the 2004 act, Non Binary genders are still excluded, there are still legal penalties for applications deemed “fraudulent”, and asylum seekers are still at risk.

But IMAGINE…

A society where the diversity of human gender is celebrated,

protected, and recognised. Including non-binary identities, gender

non-conforming trans people, trans asylum seekers and refugees, and

trans people of colour…

Post-capitalist Futures: drawing and discussing Hawaii’s feminist economic plans

This week our reading and drawing group looked at Hawaii’s feminist economic plans for post-covid recovery

Screenshot-reading-drawing-Aug11th

Now is the moment to build new systems capable of delivering equality

https://truthout.org/articles/hawaii-considers-an-explicitly-feminist-plan-for-covid-era-economic-recovery/

https://www.thelily.com/gdpr-consent/?destination=%2fthis-state-says-they-have-a-feminist-economic-recovery-plan-heres-what-that-looks-like%2f%3f

Post-capitalist Futures: a covid reading and drawing group

Our final Reading and Drawing sessions are on Tues 28th July, 11th +  25th Aug all at 8pm BST more info here

For Tuesday 28th we will be looking at the work of Joy Buolamwini
https://www.poetofcode.com/ and the movement for algorithmic justice.

Joy Buolamwini, the poet of code combines art and research to
illuminate the social implications and harms of AI. She founded the
Algorithmic Justice League to create a world with more ethical and
inclusive technology and fight against the Coded Gaze, uncovering
large racial and gender bias in AI services from companies like
Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook.
AI systems are used to decide who gets hired, the quality of medical
treatment we receive, and whether we become a suspect in a police
investigation. While these tools show great promise, they can also
harm vulnerable and marginalized people, and threaten civil rights.
Unchecked, unregulated and, at times, unwanted, AI systems can amplify
racism, sexism, ableism, and other forms of discrimination.

We will be watching these two short videos to draw from and discuss:

AI, Ain’t I A Woman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=QxuyfWoVV98&feature=emb_title
and
https://www.codedbias.com/about

To join the group contact reading-drawing@swapmarket.infodrawing-a-new-future-008a