Ubuntu Women Shelter

Monthly Community Meal at The Art School

The Community Meals are a collaboration between the Ubuntu Women Shelter and The Art School/ GSA Students’ Association. This event is part of Ubuntu outreach into the community as well as GSASA’s student engagement programme and outreach in the Garnethill area. The event provides an environment to communally share a meal and learn about ways you can support Ubuntu Women Shelter or be supported by them, and to expose yourself to themes and significant women who are in line with Ubuntu’s and the Art School’s shared ethos.

Each meal had a themed recipe and was in celebration of a particular woman’s life and our commitment to a world with no borders. There was an open mic and visual presentations for sharing stories, knowledge, and reaching across borders to envision a kinder more humane world. The meals took place monthly on a Saturday, from 4-7pm in the Assembly Hall of The Art School, with food served starting at 4pm, first come first served. Meals were FREE or pay what you can, will all donations going to Ubuntu Women Shelter. The meals were (ALL) women only (trans and non-binary inclusive).

Ubuntu Women Shelter is set up to meet the emergency and short-term accommodation needs of destitute women (trans and non- binary inclusive) with no recourse to public funds. They currently ensure women can be safely hosted across the city and are working to acquiring their own dedicated building to meet this need. Ubuntu work is reparations work. The needs of the women they support have been overlooked by systemic erasure. Their destitution is normalised. They believe this is one legacy of the unacknowledged historical violence of colonisation. Ubuntu work is witnessing their humanity.

The Community Meals are dedicated to creating an open, comfortable and family-friendly environment, and align with our ongoing and self-critical commitment to accessibility, safer spaces and actively opposing all forms of discrimination. The Art School is committed to widening access to space, support, and activities for a range of people and organisations, regardless of resources. The Art School is a fully accessible space with a lift and WC for wheelchair users. All meals functioned under The Art School’s anti- Harassment & Discrimination and Ubuntu’s Safer Spaces and policies.

Funding support for the Community Meals has come from The Art School Ltd., GSASA SCIO, and GSA Sustainability.

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The Meals:

March 9th 2019 Community Meal
Theme: Maya Angelou
To launch the Community Meals initiative, we featured the work and obsession of Maya Angelou, whose life and mentalities celebrated a world with no borders and fought again systematic oppression. This meal featured recipes from Maya Angelou herself.

April 10th 2019 Community Meal
Theme: Nanny of the Maroons
This meal featured a Jamaican (Caribbean) themed menu, and celebrated the life of leader Queen Nanny of the Maroons. Leading her community in Jamaica to fight against slavery and colonialism.

May 11th 2019 Community Meal
Theme: Margaret Skinnider
This meal featured an Irish themed menu and celebrated the life and work of Margaret Skinnider, looking at her position as a revolutionary and feminist.

June 8th 2019 Community Meal
Theme: Malala Yousafzai
This meal featured a Pakistani menu and celebrated the life and work of activist Malala Yousafzai, looking at work around female education and her achievements as the youngest Nobel Prize laureate.

July 13th 2019 Community Meal
Theme: Winnie Mandela
This meal featured a South African themed menu and celebrated the life and ideas of Winnie Mandela, discussing her invaluable work as an activist and positions in the fight again the apartheid.

August 10th 2019 Community Meal
As part of outreach conversations with groups that highlight the violence of the current border regime on migrant women in the city, we welcome SCOTPEP our August meal. SCOT-PEP will be taking over the open mic to offer insights into their invaluable campaigning work ondecriminalisation and the impact of the immigration regime on migrant sex-work.

As a special treat SCOT -PEP has also arranged a showing of Petra Bauer’s film ‘Workers’.

Scot-PEP is a sex worker led charity that fights for the human rights, labour rights, health and safety of all sex workers in Scotland. We believe that sex work is work; we campaign for the full decriminalisation of all forms of sex work and oppose effort to implement the Nordic model or any measures that would further harm sex workers. We see criminalisation of any aspect of the sex industry as inherently harmful to sex workers – we cannot have labour rights when any part of our work is criminalised. We are part of a broader sex workers rights movement, situated in a history of trans-inclusive feminism, migrant’s rights struggles, anti- racism and anti-capitalism. We work closely with other sex worker led groups in the UK and internationally, and support unionisation efforts to allow sex workers to better access our labour rights.

This meal featured a vegan menu.

September 21st 2019 Community Meal
Theme: Meaza Ashenafi
This meal took place as part of our Freshers Programme.
Meaza Ashenafi is the founder of the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association and is one of first female lawyers in Ethiopia. She provides free legal aid to indigent women who are victims of various injustices.

This meal featured an Ethiopian themed menu.

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