Women's Dignity March took place on 18th of June in Warsaw. Protest organized by women for women started on Zbawiciele Square at 11:55 which symbolized last chance to react to the proposal to introduce a total ban on abortion, last chance to react to Woman's Right Violation.
- We gathered here to defend Women's Rights - stated one of the organizer of the March, Irina Ovcinicov. - We are here because it is a last moment to say "Enough!". Enough to an ignorance of our fundamental rights! Enough to the violence to the women! Enough to an ignorance of our right to health and life.
Participants of the March walked with the slogan "Women's rights are human rights" to show that they do not agree women's rights to be violated.
Organizers announced that March on 18th might has been the first step in a long struggle.
About March in media:
Women’s rights are human rights
The situation of women in Poland continues to deteriorate – in the recent months we have witnessed a real attempt to further restrict the current law on abortion, which already made it difficult to obtain a legal procedure. The “Stop Abortion” civic committee succeeded in submitting a draft law introducing a complete ban on abortion and a new category into the criminal code – “prenatal murder”, which will introduce penalty of 3 to 5 years in prison for women, doctors and anyone helping a woman to perform an abortion. The group, supported by the Ordo Iuris, a conservative and anti-choice organization, had already collected the needed 100 000 signatures under its draft law thereby securing its reading and debate in the Polish Parliament, possibly already in July or early Autumn.
The social movement among Polish society which arose as a response to the current political climate resulted in several civil society initiatives and a rise of awareness in society and growth of public debate around issues such as equal pay, access to health services (especially reproductive health) and effective enforcement of the law and justice for domestic violence survivors.
This Saturday, June 18th, the Women's Dignity March (Facebook event) is taking place in Warsaw. The protest, with theme of Women’s rights are human rights is organized by a “group of ordinary Polish women” who in a spontaneous reaction to the proposal to introduce a total ban on abortion on April 1st, 2016 decided to organise a protest. The group does not have politicians standing behind tchem and they are not members of feminist organisations. “We work in the film industry, in the corpo-world or are selfemployed. We decided we can use our energy and potential to organise a march. On 18th of June, in Warsaw we will march with the slogan "Women's rights are human rights" to show that we will allow our rights be violated. This is the first step in a long struggle that awaits us.”
What does the Women Dignity March wish to achieve?
RESPECT for our dignity and bodily integrity
RIGHT to privacy, health and life protection
PUNISHMENT for perpetrators of physical and psychological domestic violence
RESTORATION of FULL REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
EFFECTIVE ENFORCEMENT of ALIMONY PAYMENTS
JUST PUNISHMENTS for rapists
SEXUALITY EDUCATION for us and our children
ACCESS to the newest medical discoveries
The right to safe interruption of pregnancy under applicable law
We demand EQUALITY and respect for women’s DIGNITY!
See message from the organizers with background information HERE.
Source: Women's Dignity March
Women Deliver’s 4th Global Conference will be taking place on 16-19 May 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is going to be the largest gathering on girls’ and women’s health and rights in the last decade and one of the first major global conferences following the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The focus of the conference will be on how to implement the SDGs so they matter most for girls and women, with a specific focus on health – in particular maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights – and on gender equality, education, environment, and economic empowerment. The conference will bring together world leaders, advocates, policymakers, journalists, young people, researchers, and leaders of corporate companies and civil society to showcase what it means and how it works when girls and women become the focus of development efforts.
To learn more about the Women Deliver 2016 conference download the conference 2-pager here.
ASTRA Network invites to a panel discussion „Threats to Reproductive Health and Rights in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia” with speakers from Poland, Romania, Macedonia and Armenia.
Krystyna Kacpura, Federation for Women and Family Planning, Poland
Daniela Draghici, Society for Feminist Analyses AnA, Romania
Bojan Jovanovski, H.E.R.A., Macedonia
Lida Minasyan, Society Without Violence, Armenia
Marta Szostak, ASTRA Network Coordinator
The panel will be held on Monday, May 16th from 12 to 13.30 hrs at Bella Center, room 66/67J.
Members of the Austrian Parliament, German Parliament and UK All -Party Parliamentary Group on Population Development and Reproductive Health sent letters to Marek Kuchciński Marshal of the Polish Sejm regarding initiative for a draft law introducing a complete ban on abortion.
"As many as 9,000 people attended the latest Warsaw pro-choice demonstration on April 9 — with many others at rallies in other cities around Poland.
The numbers show that "not only women but the society as a whole has had enough," said Krystyna Kacpura, executive director of the Federation for Women and Family Planning."
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