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We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve found a small space in Cubao where we can open a feminist bookstore in the Philippines, perhaps the first in this millennium! So many plans! & possibilities! Are you with us? 💖 “As women, we often struggle with finding and claiming a space of our own, where we can feel safe and secure, freely create and make choices, be ourselves and see ourselves in others. A feminist bookstore can be that space. 1. It shall serve as an informal yet important resource center for/on women in the Philippines, especially since we plan to open an archive of feminist small press publications collected from the annual Gandang-ganda sa Sariling Gawa! all-women art fair and expo. 2. It will make the artworks of emerging and independent woman writers and artists, and art collectives, available to the public. 3. It will allow us to organize more activities such as forums, exhibitions, and workshops, especially activities that are oriented towards oppressed, marginalized, and discriminated women — peasant women fleeing the militarized countryside, union workers on strike, or widows of victims of extrajudicial killings trying to survive.” Link in bio! #supportsmallpress #gantalapress #feminist #feministbookstore #solidarity #community #gogetfunding #fundraising #wecandoit
Gantala Press recently announced on Instagram plans of starting a feminist bookstore at Cubao, Quezon City.
With GoGetFunding, Gantala Press has started a fundraiser and aims to raise P500,000 to open the said bookstore.
LOOKING FOR a woman carpenter to help us build bookshelves for our feminist bookstore! Metro Manila area#wecandoit
They’re also asking for woman carpenter volunteers to help them build the store’s bookshelves.
Gantala Press is an independent non-profit Filipina feminist press run entirely by volunteers. They produce publications and hold workshops and press fairs that focus on women’s stories and issues.
The bookstore will serve as a resource center for women in the Philippines which includes an archive of works from Gandang-ganda sa Sariling Gawa! (an annual all-women art fair organized by the press that showcases female creators’ works, from books to comics).
The press plans for the bookstore to be a space for more workshops, forums and exhibitions that cater to oppressed, marginalized and discriminated women.
This is another win for representation—giving more safe spaces for women to share their stories and raise awareness on the realities of abuse, harrassment and discrimination against women. It also encourages direct participation rather than mediation—letting these women speak for themselves rather than speaking on their behalf.
Want to show your support? You can send in donations through their GoGetFunding listing.
Photo courtesy of Gantala Press’ Instagram account
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