Women are being treated like living incubators. First published on October 28, 2020 / 12:59 PM. It historically has had an active and vibrant women’s movement. The ruling made it illegal to terminate a pregnancy in the case of severe fetal health defects. The current Polish government argues that the convention, which was drawn up by the Council of Europe, a human rights organisation made up of 47 member states, contravenes Poland… Women’s rights protesters incensed by the country’s strict new laws clash with rightwing gangs in the Polish capital Published: 1 Nov 2020 Bagpipes and … Polish women’s rights activists disrupted church services in the country on Sunday, October 25, to protest against a new ruling that illegalised the abortion of a foetus with congenital defects. The government is reportedly surprised by the scale of the backlash to the restrictions. Women's rights activists with posters of the Women's Strike action protest in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 against recent tightening of Poland's restrictive abortion law. He said buses and streetcars would be flagged as a sign of solidarity with the protesters. The Council of Europe’s commissioner for human rights, Dunja Mijatovic, called Thursday a “sad day for women’s rights” and tweeted, “Removing the basis for almost all legal abortions in Poland amounts to a ban and violates human rights. The latest ruling on abortion constitutes a further worsening of women’s rights in Poland. Poland was one of the first countries in Europe to grant women voting rights in 1918. According to one scholarly postulation, the history of feminism in Poland can be divided into seven periods, beginning with the 19th century first-wave feminism. “Today’s judgement puts the health and lives of women in Poland at great risk and violates Poland’s obligations under international human rights treaties to … Women's rights protests block city streets over Poland's abortion law Activists have vowed to continue their fight against a ruling that amounts to a near-total ban on abortion. In 2016, around 200,000 women refused to work during a general strike. The first four early periods coincided with the foreign partitions of Poland, which resulted in the elimination of the sovereign Polish state for 123 years. One of the inevitable consequences of restricting access to legal abortion is that most abortions in Poland are carried out illegally: official statistics suggest that there are approximately 1,000 legal abortions per year, but illegal abortions are estimated to be around 150,000. In 2016, violent hate crimes rose by 40 percent and most of these attacks targeted Muslims. Or quite simply — we won't go to work," a group of women's rights activists said. The first four early periods coincided with the foreign partitions of Poland, which resulted in the elimination of the sovereign Polish state for 123 years. Ensuring women’s human rights… WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Police blocked protesters from marching in Poland’s capital as demonstrations took place across the country against an attempt to restrict abortion rights and recent police violence. Campaigners have raised serious concerns that Mr Duda’s win could reinvigorate existing attacks on women’s rights and LGBT+ rights in Poland. We are closing the shops. "I wish I could go out and protest. The current Polish government argues that the convention, which was drawn up by the Council of Europe, a human rights organisation made up of 47 member states, contravenes Poland… Copyright © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. On 23 March, tens of thousands of people hit the streets of Polish cities to protest against imposing further restrictions on the abortion law. 2009 - An even gloomier development picture. European progressives are united in pushing back against the attack on women’s rights in Poland. Women’s and LGBTQ Rights Continue to Erode Under Poland’s Ruling Party In 2018, protesters took to the streets of Warsaw on International Women’s Day. This is in part due to a stigma surrounding the issue as Poland is a largely Catholic country, where even women who qualify for legal abortions face challenges. How Hungary and Poland have silenced women and stifled human rights October 14, 2016 2.19am EDT Andrea Peto , Central European University , … "We [Polish women] don't want to continue to suffer because of one party and one religion," Spurek said. The personal was at once made political. And it began to challenge the logic of Poland’s right in its entirety. Poland’s Human Rights Obligations Women Human Rights Defenders. This time, however, conditions are different because of the coronavirus pandemic. In recent months, Poland’s Catholic Church has frequently … "We, members of the European Parliament's Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality, are deeply concerned about the government's repeated attacks on women's rights and its continued efforts to curb women's reproductive rights in Poland," Evelyn Regner, Chairwoman of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality, said. The ruling is an outrageous violation of women’s human rights. Nationwide protests Saturday were scheduled to coincide with Polish women gaining the right to vote 102 years ago. In its 2016 review of Poland, the HRC specifically … Saturday’s protest included calls to end police violence after officers used tear gas and other types of force against protesters earlier this month. October 28, 2020 / 12:59 PM FDA authorizes Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, SCOTUS rejects Texas bid to overturn election results in 4 states, Feds to buy additional 100 million doses of Moderna vaccine, Why some Black Americans are skeptical of a COVID-19 vaccine, Biden, Harris introduce team who will "deliver immediate relief", FKA twigs sues Shia LaBeouf over alleged sexual assault, Mayor slams U.S. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski), Connect with the definitive source for global and local news. 1906: Finland. Its territory was divided between Austria, Russia and Prussia. They say it would honor a movement for equality rather than Dmowski, a statesman who had a key role in helping Poland regain national independence in 1918, but who was also an anti-Semite. Abortion is only legal in Poland if the pregnancy endangers the life or health of the mother or is the result of rape or incest. However, in more recent times gender equality and the rights of women in Poland have come under serious threat. Four years ago, women's rights activists succeeded in stopping a draft law that would have totally banned abortions in Poland and resulted in prison sentences for women who got them and doctors who performed them. We do not have any rights, not even the fundamental human rights guaranteed by … Government V women’s rights groups. Poland was one of the first countries in the world to grant voting rights to women. Many carried signs with the movement’s logo, the silhouette of a suffragette with a red lightning bolt and the words “Strajk Kobiet” — or Women’s Strike. This is in part due to a stigma surrounding the issue as Poland is a largely Catholic country, where even women who qualify for legal abortions face challenges. According to Joanna Gzyra-Iskandar from Poland’s Women’s Rights Centre, women have faced increasing threats under PiS in recent years due to the party’s religious and traditionalist alliances. 2010 - Foreign assistance lacks basic definitions. Currently, there are just under 2,000 legal abortions in Poland a year, but women’s rights group estimate up to 200,000 procedures take place abroad or illegally. The demonstrations are part of what has evolved into Poland’s largest protest movement since communism fell in the country 30 years ago. People demonstrate against police violence and an attempted restriction on abortion rights in Warsaw Poland, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. Robert Biedroń, MEP and progressive candidate for Polish President, and S&D Group President Iratxe García Pérez have condemned the efforts of PiS. 2007 - High unemployment and low social security (photo by Grzegorz Å»ukowski CC BY-NC 2.0) “They want mothers and martyrs who humbly bear ‘their cross,’” says Renata Durda. Musil said people who had never participated in protests were marching in the streets because they were furious with the court's decision, and that her 14-year-old daughter was participating in the strike. The history of abortion law in Poland is a testimony to states fighting to forge national identities over the bodies of women. Women’s rights activists want authorities to formally approve the name change. Women's rights activists with posters of the Women's Strike action protest against recent tightening of Poland's restrictive abortion law in front of the parliament building as inside, guards had to be used to shield right-wing ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski from angry opposition lawmakers, in Warsaw, Poland, on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. An Oct. 22 ruling by the Polish constitutional court to ban abortions of fetuses with congenital defects, even when the fetus has no chance of survival at birth, sparked the protests. The Council of Europe said it was "alarmed" that Poland's right-wing government was moving to withdraw from a landmark international treaty combating violence against women. We have also campaigned successfully in Ireland and Northern Ireland, where abortion was recently decriminalised after many decades of lobbying by Amnesty and other rights groups. Women's rights groups have announced plans to hold large scale demonstrations in Warsaw and other cities on Saturday, November 28, as part of a continuing campaign against recent changes to abortion legislation. A women's rights activist with a poster of the Women's Strike action protests in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 against recent tightening of Poland's restrictive abortion law. Police and protesters played a game of cat and mouse in Warsaw as officers set up cordons which the protesters sought to evade, pushing them to try to regroup elsewhere in the city center. We stand with them every step of the way.” Background: (1) Article 4a, sec. Fewer than 2,000 legal terminations are carried out each year. POLICE attacked women’s rights protesters — including an opposition MP — with tear gas in Warsaw yesterday after prohibiting demonstrations. Poland was one of the first countries in Europe to grant women voting rights in 1918. Women’s and LGBTQ Rights Continue to Erode Under Poland’s Ruling Party In 2018, protesters took to the streets of Warsaw on International Women’s Day. Poland already had one of Europe’s most restrictive laws, negotiated in the early 1990s between political and Catholic church leaders whose authority was bolstered by having a Polish pope, John Paul II, at the Vatican. Meanwhile, Warsaw's mayor Rafal Trzaskowski said he supported Wednesday's women's strike, and that the city administration would allow its employees to participate. How Poland’s women’s rights movement is maintaining momentum Confrontational language, unconfrontational actions. Police told them the raids stemmed from an investigation into alleged misconduct by former Ministry of Justice (M… Thousands of women are protesting against Poland's new abortion laws in cities across the country. This has been carried out by conservative forces driven by authoritarian … They say it would honor a movement for equality rather than Dmowski, a statesman who had a key role in helping Poland regain national independence in 1918, but who was also an anti-Semite. Activists seek to keep up the pressure while also demanding a more liberal abortion law and the resignation of the country’s right-wing government. Civic Platform MP Barbara Nowacka was attacked while “intervening in defence of peacefully protesting women,” her party said. An activist climbed onto a ladder placed upon a van to hang a new street sign over the official one reading Roman Dmowski Roundabout. Women's rights activists with posters of the Women's Strike action protest against recent tightening of Poland's restrictive abortion law in front of the parliament building as inside, guards had to be used to shield right-wing ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski from angry opposition lawmakers, in Warsaw, Poland, on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Boston medical conference led to 300,000 COVID-19 cases, Biden facing pressure to pick Rep. Deb Haaland as Interior Secretary, Biden to nominate Tai for trade rep and McDonough for veterans affairs, Second gentleman to teach entertainment law at Georgetown, Biden introduces his pick to lead Defense Department, NAACP calls on Biden to appoint a racial equity adviser, Biden to nominate Marcia Fudge to lead HUD, Biden vows to distribute 100 million vaccine doses within first 100 days. Campaigners have raised serious concerns that Mr Duda’s win could reinvigorate existing attacks on women’s rights and LGBT+ rights in Poland. Officers at one point used tear gas against an opposition lawmaker, Barbara Nowacka, who had been intervening “in defense of peacefully protesting women,” Borys Budka, the head of Poland’s centrist Civic Platform party, said. (photo by Grzegorz Å»ukowski CC BY-NC 2.0) “They want mothers and martyrs who humbly bear ‘their cross,’” says Renata Durda. Currently, there are just under 2,000 legal abortions in Poland a year, but women’s rights group estimate up to 200,000 procedures take place abroad or illegally. 2008 - Human rights implementation – mystification or truth? In Poland and across Europe, US-based Christian-right groups with ties to the Trump administration are working to limit women’s access to abortion. Claire Provost Nandini Archer From the October 3 Black Protests, movements were born that protested the ecological disaster in the Białowieża primeval forest, air pollution, the courts’ dependence on executive power, fascist demonstrations, and the government’s violations of labor rights. "We take unpaid leave. Mr … A protester with a sign of the women's rights campaign joins others on the fifth day of nationwide protests against recent court ruling that tightened Poland's restrictive abortion law, in … According to statistics from Poland's Ministry of Health, of the 1,110 abortions performed in Polish clinics in 2019, 1,074 were because of malformations of the unborn child. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/poland-abortion-ban-women-national-strike Last Thursday, Poland's Constitutional Court banned almost all abortion, as part of a wider Catholic-conservative offensive against women's rights. Symbolic actions and visibility. 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