Building Prosperity through Repair

Text by Inte Gloerich, Ania Molenda9pages
Handwriting by Umarxbajwa (Pakistan)

Handwritten by Umarxbajwa through Freelancer, this report features black text for the main content and personal comments in red.

Text by Inte Gloerich

Inte Gloerich is a researcher at the Institute of Network Cultures. Her work involves the politics, artistic imagination, and (counter)cultures surrounding digital technology and economy. Since 2016, she has worked predominantly on the affordances and cultures associated with blockchain and other financial technologies, which in 2020 became the focus of her PhD project at Utrecht University.

Institute of Network Cultures

Text by Ania Molenda

Ania Molenda is an independent Rotterdam-based researcher, curator and writer. She is a co-founder and director of research and publishing platform Amateur Cities. In her work Ania focuses on the socio-cultural dimension of spatial practices. She is interested in developing new forms of debate that bring different disciplines together. Since 2017, she has also been involved in research on technical and cultural aspects of dealing with complex digital archives.

Amateur Cities

Handwriting by Umarxbajwa from Pakistan 🇵🇰

  • How did you feel about reading the text you're assigned? Is there anything you (un)learned after re-writing it?

    It was an privilege to me to re-write this text. It has given me a lot of information about the topic: feminism, art and life during pandemic.

  • Is there any change in your work and/or life during this continuing pandemic?

    I have experienced a lot of ups and downs relating to work because the connection between I had lost at the start of pandemic but later on it has changed specially for writers.

  • How is "feminism" considered or discussed in where you live (or your country?)

    In my country, there are two dominant threads of feminist discourses. A modern feminism and secular feminism. Modern feminism seeks to further women’s rights by redefining religious views and focusing on the female centric laws offers. This form of feminism appeals largely to the lower, middle and upper-middle strata of society which looks to religion for answers.

  • What does home mean to you? Can you consider someone who is not blood-related but still as your “family”?

    To me, home means family and peace. Where I lay down with my brothers comfortably and talk t my parents. Where I share positive vibes f our life. The only person which; consider family member who is not blood-related is my best friend, whom I can trust anytime without any thinking. Story to share: The issue I have experienced related to women is that women have suffered a lot in my neighborhood and society and the issue is not only about working women but also the partner violence is also increased during pandemic. My side of story about “women in pandemic” is that women become homeless after losing their jobs and not finding any source to generate any income. And this causes women to fall in wrong activities just to be financially strong and to back their selves. Government should do reforms and to make laws to support unemployed. For women and also for their safety and welfare. The pandemic is a disaster for feminism. The pandemic generated massive losses in lives, impacted people's health, disrupted markets and livelihoods and created profound reverberations in the home. However, women's relatively high representation in sector hardest hit by lockdown orders has translated into larger declines in employment for women than men in numerous countries. Women from lowest income household and marginalized groups bore the burnt of the COVID-19 crisis. Feminist economists have spent decades examining women's unpaid work within the home, an issue that has gained attention during the crisis with lockdowns and stay at home orders around the globe.