1. POLAND: STOP PRESS Please sign the petition by Polish Women’s Strike opposing the presence of Polish religious extremists at the ICPD25 Summit in Nairobi We, Polish women, who have been fighting in the black protests in 150 cities in Poland against the religious fundamentalist’s total ban on abortion in 2016 and 2018, urge you not to trust those who approach you with “Christian values” or “family rights”. We want you to know that the foundation Ordo … Continued
The bill was introduced after a six-month right-wing campaign equating LGBTI people with paedophiles. PiS
officials have called LGBTI rights an invasive foreign influence as part of a culture and civilisation war that
threatens Poland’s national identity. Hundreds of people joining protest rallies outside the Sejm and across the country. The bill was due to go to the Senate on 18 October, had it passed. Instead, it was sent to a commission for further work. As PiS no longer has a majority in the upper house, the bill may be dead.
Federacja na rzecz Kobiet i Planowania Rodziny | Federation for Women and Family Planning hosted a photo exhibition following a contest on the topic “Abortion in Poland – 21st century”. They announced winners of the photo contest, displayed several pictures and presented a photo album with text providing insights into the complexity of abortion issues in Poland. Here is the Facebook event. Also presented was a joint statement with others at the 42nd session of the Human … Continued
“Abortion – safe, free, legal and, above all, actually available whenever it is needed, regardless of the reason a person has for deciding not to continue a pregnancy.” “No shame, no fear” …with such slogans around 1,000 marched in Warsaw for the second time on 28 September. The discussion about abortion has been going on for many years and nothing comes from it, but the reality is that every day many of us terminate pregnancies. … Continued
The Polish parliament was to discuss a so-called “Stop Paedophilia” bill (which is not about paedophilia at all) on 16 October 2019. The bill, supported by the governing conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, aims to criminalise sex educators, who are threatened with three or even five years in prison for teaching about sexual and reproductive health, human sexuality, healthy relationships, intimate life and prevention of violence. The authors and publishers of books or magazines … Continued