POLAND – In response to all-male discussions of women’s issues on TV, a group of women made a mock programme on men’s sexuality

TV talk shows in Poland seem to be making regular programmes about women’s issues to which only men are invited to air their views. The most recent was a debate on abortion on 29 March 2018, which included a former European Deputy who lost his seat for calling a compatriot a Nazi collaborator; a member of an opposition party that is Democratic Christian and ruralist; a member of a populist right-wing movement; a member of … Continued

POLAND – Tens of thousands march against the latest anti-abortion bill on 23 March

Between 55,000 and 90,000 people took the streets of Warsaw and other cities across Poland on 23 March to protest against the anti-abortion bill that would make abortion on grounds of severe and fatal fetal anomaly illegal, another #blackfriday in Poland. Watch this video (already watched more than 607,000 times) of the march. A statement signed by more than 200 human rights and women’s rights groups from around the world was also published on the … Continued

POLAND – UN WORKING GROUP STATEMENT: Poland must not further restrict sexual and reproductive health and rights, say UN experts

Geneva (22 March 2018) – A group of United Nations human rights experts has called on the Polish parliament to reject a new draft bill entitled “Stop Abortion” which will be debated this week and which risks causing serious damage to women’s health and lives, and violating Poland’s international human rights obligations. The United Nations Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice has called on the Polish Parliament … Continued

POLAND – Bishops in Poland demand a ban on abortion: Government bows down and complies! Polish Women’s Strike respond

On 14 March, the Polish Bishops’ Conference issued a communiqué, requesting the Law and Justice Party (PiS), who are the government party in parliament to immediately start processing the pending draft bill in the Polish parliament, which prohibits abortion on grounds of fetal anomaly, even when the fetus is irreparably damaged. Without even pretending that the Polish state is in any way independent from the church, PiS decided that this bill – which aims to … Continued

POLAND – The worsening situation for women in Poland: Responses of human rights bodies

1. Letter from Nils Muiznieks, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe to the Prime Minister of Poland, 19 January 2018   In the letter, the Commissioner regrets that in spite of previous recommendations he has made, new barriers are being created by the Polish government to hinder women’s access to comprehensive sexuality education, emergency contraception and abortion care. He urges the Polish authorities to repeal any retrogressive laws and to reject any … Continued

POLAND: PROTESTS AND SOLIDARITY REQUEST

“In addition to wombs, we also have brains”: Polish women in the streets again to protest anti-abortion bill On 13 January, women in Poland once again protested outside the parliament building in Warsaw after the Save Women bill was rejected and an anti-abortion bill making abortion on grounds of fetal anomaly illegal was sent to committee on 10 January. “In addition to wombs, we also have brains” once placard read. The Independent reported that demonstrations … Continued

POLAND – Disastrous effects of the anti-abortion parliamentary debate about two abortion-related bills

    The disastrous effects of the first Polish anti-abortion law, dating from 1993, are the more so important in the light of the parliamentary debates on 10 January 2018 on two civic bills, the “Save women” bill on women’s rights and conscious parenthood and the “Stop abortion” bill (banning abortion in cases of fetal impairment. The latter, in practice means almost a complete ban on the remaining few legal abortions, as 95% of legal … Continued

POLAND – “Save Women” bill with 500,000 signatures submitted to the Polish parliament

  On 23 October, the “Save Women” Civic Committee tabled a bill on women’s rights and voluntary parenthood signed by almost 500,000 Polish citizens. The lower Chamber has three months to initiate a debate on this bill, but it will be up to the ruling party whether it will be taken further – as promised in the election campaign – or be rejected. The bill calls for: Legal abortion on request up to 12 weeks … Continued

POLAND- My Black Protest

The ongoing battle around fundamental reproductive rights in Poland becomes even more fierce. Since mobilization of pro-choice-minded people on the third of October in both 2016 and 2017 the major decision-makers have repeatedly suggested that they would support an abortion ban in cases of fetal malformation. Therefore, the Great Coalition for Equality and Choice would like to call your attention to our latest publication about the Black Protest and, more broadly, people’s personal stories about the moment when the personal became political for them. It portrays contemporary Poland mostly from the perspective of medium-sized cities and small towns.

POLAND: March on 3 October ; police raids in 4 cities on 4 October

  Several women’s rights groups in Poland have had their documents and computers seized in police raids which took place a day after thousands of activists marched against the country’s restrictive abortion law on 3 October. The Women’s Rights Centre, which works on a range of women’s issues, and Baba, which helps domestic violence victims, had their offices in the cities of Warsaw, Lodz, Gdansk, and Zielona Gora invaded by police.Both organisations had taken part … Continued

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