Women’s Rights and Gender Equality. tel: +48 22 635 93 95 They both fail to understand that love and gendered labor create and sustain human beings, but such labor goes both unrecognized and inadequately compensated. The debate which accompanied LPR’s draft amendment displayed growing acceptance, particularly among legal and medical experts, for a significant lowering of women’s rights protection. We’re Celebrating Our 10th Anniversary. We need a feminism that demands and wins public services for care, social housing, universal health care, and wage justice. to termination of pregnancy, family planning and sexual education (W. Nowicka). We must not forget that women’s rights are human rights. Last week’s ban on this third condition, pushed through Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal to avoid legislative debate, brings Poland’s women into the twenty-first century authoritarian playbook. How many working-class women, for example, can afford, in its expansive sense, abortion even when its legal? It was called Black Monday. The Standing Committee of the Conference of INGOs opposes any politicization of this right. At the same time, the Act is realised in practice in an even more restrictive way and has created a political and social climate hostile to women’s rights in the sphere of reproduction, leading to an The protesting women of Poland have captured the world’s attention.Since October, they’ve taken to the streets to protest restrictions on reproductive rights that … Millions of women in over forty countries took part in the strike on March 8, and extensive networks of international solidarity and feminist politics were established. This Is About More Than Abortion Rights in Poland, Get a $20 discounted print subscription today, The CIA’s Secret Global War Against the Left. Their implementation is the practice. The Polish Constitutional Tribunal’s ruling to invalidate the constitutionality of access to abortion on the ground of “severe and irreversible fetal defect or incurable illness that threatens the fetus’ life” will further harm women and girls and violates their human rights, Amnesty International, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Human Rights Watch said today. (Omar Marques / Getty Images). forming legal circles, to an “environment for the development of the child” in which “mental comfort(…) during pregnancy and childbirth does not have a significant enough character to justify November 19, 2020 Tessy Schlosser is the coordinator of movement at Progressive International. Their slogan of choice, “Wypierdalać” translates to “get the fuck out of here.” “[N]ow we are mad, not just unhappy,” wrote feminist philosopher Ewa Majewska, echoing the protesters, “I am terrified;” “I feel unimportant.” Their signs read: “women’s hell.”. Authoritarian nationalists attempt to use women, and our bodies, as conduits for the production of national identity and honor. In 1932 Poland made marital rape illegal. To confront these reactionary forces, a new feminist internationalism must move beyond the simple narrative of “choice.” Women’s right to choose must be supported, but that’s only half the job. The debate was initiated by the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the European Parliament (ALDE Group). en es fr. We discuss why the United States’ institutional breakdown won’t stop after Trump leaves office and what can be done to improve things for working people. she carries the pregnancy to the end. the legal issues involved, and the analysis of the Polish legal regulations on reproductive rights (E. Zielińska) deserves special attention, as well as the review of court cases conducted in Poland and The law does still – at least on paper – allow abortions in cases where: a) the woman’s life or health is at risk; or b) the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest. email: federacja@federa.org.pl, KRS: 0000094414 Women have effectively been deprived of the right to abortion for 27 years in Poland. Poland was among the first nations to grant women legal rights: women's suffrage was delivered in 1918, after the country regained independence that year, following the 123-year period of partition and foreign rule. We need an internationalism that rejects forced austerity on the global south, imperial aid interventions, and neocolonialism. This is where the idea of a women’s strike, or Strajk Kobiet in Poland, becomes critical. Toward the middle of the century, this law was expanded to include “difficult living conditions.” So liberal were the laws during this time that activists would help Swedes travel to Poland to access abortions. International women’s rights are the theory of women’s empowerment. almost total ban on abortion. Planning, entitled Proactive monitoring of women’s reproductive rights as a part of human rights in Poland. The Act, which is exceptional for European conditions, fundamentally limits women’s rights to life, health, dignity, self-determination, autonomy and privacy. “Reproductive Rights in Poland” This report on the monitoring of reproductive rights in Poland was created in the framework of the project financed by the European Commission and realised by the Federation for Women and Family Planning, entitled Proactive monitoring of women’s reproductive rights as a part of human rights in Poland. The U.S. joined 31 other nations to sign the Geneva Consensus Declaration as women in Poland took to the streets to protest a clamp-down on abortion rights. Get our print magazine for just $20 a year. White Ribbon USA stands with women of Poland for their reproductive rights. A feminist international must upturn this system. BIC/SWIFT: BPKOPLPWXXX, Federation for Women and Family Plannings 2017, “Twenty years of anti-abortion law in Poland”. In Polish director Marta Górnicka’s revolutionary production, “The Chorus of Women,” twenty-five women appear on stage, whispering, singing, and yelling in haunting tones, “be beautiful,” “be quiet” — “be a woman.” The trilogy sees the choir scream and gasp against chants of the Bacchae and the gospels, and in one play, utter the hoarse, final […]. Reproductive rights Protest Europe news ... Women’s rights protesters incensed by the country’s strict new laws clash with rightwing gangs in the Polish capital. Already on our list? In Poland today female reproductive rights under threat. NIP: 5251487723, 45 1020 1156 0000 7902 0060 3951 Our new issue, “Failure Is an Option,” is out now. condition that it is conceived life. The positive consequences observed amount to theRead More The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held that Poland violated Art. Today, women and girls of reproductive age in Poland have been deprived of their right to equal treatment, dignity, autonomy, physical integrity and protection of health, including mental health. Women's Correspondent. Most abortions are shaped by wider social factors, whether by stigma of illegitimacy, financial constraints, or a fear of being held back in careers. ... Poland Further Erodes Women’s Rights, Defies EU Principles. Women In German-occupied Poland, abortion remained off-limits but officials were formally advised to tolerate the procedure. The decision by Poland's Constitutional Tribunal, which makes abortion illegal except in cases of incest, rape or when the mother's life is in danger, has spurred demonstrations in … Poles and other Slavic peoples were deemed “inferior” in the Nazi racial hierarchy — and in Nazi reproductive law. LPR’s draft amendment almost led to a total ban on the termination of pregnancy in the Polish legal system (text on the constitutional debate by E. Zielińska). In response, liberal feminism attempts to universalize the experience of abortion through the rubric of “choice.” Every woman must have the freedom to choose. A feminist international must take a women’s strike across borders, through streets, political halls of power, workspaces, and homes. The main reason was a new proposal for a blanket ban on abortions. As you may know, Social Europe is an independent publisher. The report shows the real effects of the current law and social policy with regard @ ... concerns that Mr Duda’s win could reinvigorate existing attacks on women’s rights and LGBT+ rights in Poland. Women taking to the streets in Poland against this latest attack on abortion rights brings us back full circle to the Polish streets again where the movement first began. In Poland today female reproductive rights under threat. Rage and hope fuel women's revolt over abortion in Poland When Polish authorities sought to impose a near-total ban on abortion in October, … REGON: 011567735 Internationalizing reproductive justice challenges our understanding not just of pregnancy and abortion, not just our right to have children and our right not to have them, but every other aspect of the reproduction of our social communities. But “freedom to choose” is woefully inadequate rhetoric. Wave of demonstrations follow proposal to ban termination of sick foetuses This report on the monitoring of reproductive rights in Poland was created in the framework of the project financed by the European Commission and realised by the Federation for Women and Family We need your help! What made hundreds of thousands of women in 60 cities across Poland protest and wear black? Tithi Bhattacharya is the author of Feminism for the 99% and a member of the Progressive International COVID-19 Response Collective. There is a widespread indifference towards women for whom pregnancy is a problem and also a growing religious fanaticism and renaissance of so-called traditional values, according to which the main Men and women shall have equal rights in family, political, social and economic life in the Republic of Poland. The personal was at once made political. The main reason was a new proposal for a blanket ban on abortions. More than a century later, not much has changed, and her words could not be more relevant. On 6 October, the European Parliament will hold a debate on the status of women’s reproductive rights in Poland. In 1932, Poland became the first country in Europe to legalize abortion beyond medical cases, namely, when the pregnancy resulted from a criminal act. Get a $20 discounted print subscription today! It deals with A woman protests against the Constitutional Court ruling on tightening the abortion law at Krakow's Main Square. Reproductive Rights; Europe; Catholicism; Poland’s Women Are in the Streets Poland’s Women Are in the Streets Escalating protests over new restrictions on abortion in Poland are a … Women’s sexual and reproductive health rights are also at risk when they are subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage. giving birth in every situation, does not disturb the morality of the majority. It isn’t the first attempt to restrict women’s reproductive rights.In October 2016, thousands of Polish women joined the national strike and took to the streets to oppose a bill proposing a blanket ban on abortion, eventually forcing the government to step back. On a freezing cold afternoon in Warsaw, thousands of women march through the city centre, angry about what they view as an erosion of women's rights in Poland. The history of abortion law in Poland is a testimony to states fighting to forge national identities over the bodies of women. In Polish director Marta Górnicka’s revolutionary production, “The Chorus of Women,” twenty-five women appear on stage, whispering, singing, and yelling in haunting tones, “be beautiful,” “be quiet” — “be a woman.” The trilogy sees the choir scream and gasp against chants of the Bacchae and the gospels, and in one play, utter the hoarse, final words — “I’m calling out to you.”, Gornicka’s chorus is echoed on the streets of Warsaw today. What of women’s unpaid work that sustains the world? Wage workers for the factory, drivers for public transport, janitors for universities. The harm to women forced into heroism against their will, i.e. It will place women’s health and lives at risk and violate Poland’s international human rights obligations. Abortion is ____ in the United States, as to compare to Poland , Women in Poland often have to secretly order abortion pills from ____ because Polish doctors rarely help., Can be purchased in the United States without a prescription, unlike in Poland, The political party that pushes Poland for stricter reproductive laws This has been carried out by conservative forces driven by authoritarian … “The only way we stop the global reactionist wave is together, in streets everywhere, demanding what is ours: our bodies, our lives, our country, the world,” wrote Zofia Malisz of Lewica Razem, a left-wing political party in Poland. Please support our cause. role of women is motherhood. Keeping women in the dark: Poland and reproductive rights. Our new issue – asking whether the US is a failed state – is out now. The term “women” has explicit statement in 3 stipulations. Given that in 2019, out of 1100 official abortions, 1074 were performed on the basis of foetal abnormality, the judgment amounts to be a de facto ban on abortions in Poland. Abortion is only allowed if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, if the woman’s life is in danger or in cases of severe or fatal foetal impairment. “Reproductive rights in Poland” – report of 2008. The drama of a woman carrying a foetus with a serious This is where Górnicka’s “I’m calling out to you” meets Warsaw’s “Wypierdalać” today. At the same time they fail to meet Poland’s international obligations arising from the ratification by the government of the human rights conventions – a violation drawn attention to for years by international institutions created to monitor human rights. The history of abortion law in Poland is a testimony to states fighting to forge national identities over the bodies of women. In particular Discrimination on the grounds of gender and sex remains widespread and has been further exacerbated by the economic crisis and ensuing austerity measures adopted in some European States, which have impacted on women disproportionately. Although the initiative was rejected (it failed by a small number of votes), similar attempts have already been announced for the future. Women’s fundamental human rights are universal. The PiS government’s open disdain of women’s rights and failure to counter misinformation campaigns has fostered a climate of fear for women’s rights defenders. A striking example is the recent attempt by League of Polish Families (LPR) to introduce a regulation in the constitution on the protection of life from the moment of conception. Although this can in the near future lead to a further tightening of the law, we believe that this report will serve in a small degree to halt these negative tendencies. This changed in the 1990s due to conflict between the Roman Catholic Church and crumbling state socialism. Catalyst, a new journal published by Jacobin, is out now. The context of abortion debates is more varied than they seem at first glance. The report provides a comprehensive overview of reproductive rights in Poland. The fight to defend women’s reproductive rights from further erosion in Poland is part of a wider movement to oppose a government that is becoming increasingly authoritarian and regressive. the right of pregnant women to health is seriously endangered, which can be seen clearly in the example of the case of Alicja Tysiąc. Poland: Women’s revolution after attack on reproductive rights J.D. In many countries, the law imposes an absolute prohibition on abortion. Various research perspectives – sociological, legal, empirical research and analysis of available government, police and medical sources – present a very cohesive but grim picture of the extensive and systematic violation of women’s rights. Poland's decision to ban most abortions in the face of mass protest is emboldening like-minded neighbours, campaigners say, predicting a retreat on women's rights across eastern Europe. EU Policy on Human Rights 23rd October 2020 9:20 am ©Grzegorz Żukowski Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal Rolls Back Reproductive Rights. Methods: The research procedure was based on the need to answer the question: how do pro-life and pro-choice discourses define women's reproductive rights in Poland (including the right to abortion)? ... an international movement of Polish women fighting for all Polish women’s rights… Subscribe in print for $20 today! Both these approaches to reproductive issues are misplaced. Ensuring women’s human rights, including their reproductive rights, is essential to upholding EU values. In India, Armenia, or Hong Kong, the practice of sex-selective abortion — the abortion of female fetuses — has often pit women’s right to choose against the rights of future women, so to speak. The positive consequences observed amount to theRead More However, Poland’s already strict abortion law remains in place: abortion is already, effectively, illegal, and it is estimated that more than 100,000 Polish women annually receive illicit abortions in black market clinics, order abortifacient pills to … The status of pregnant women has been reduced by the opinion- Abortion in Poland is illegal except in cases of rape, when there is irreparable damage to the fetus and if the pregnancy jeopardises the mother’s life. in Poland should regain their rights to self-determination in all issues connected with sexuality and reproduction as soon as possible. law. Despite these complexities, dominant narratives today risk marking what’s happening in Poland as being exclusively about abortion or Poland. v Poland. Help Us Stick Around for Many More. access. On the other hand, there is the total ban and the pseudo-moral attitude of a growing group of policy-makers for whom morality can be reduced mainly to the so-called protection of life, on A severely restrictive “abortion compromise” permitted abortion in only three cases: rape, mortal risk to the woman, or fatal congenital diseases in the fetus. Abortion is a life-affirming act chosen within the context of women’s realities, women’s lives, and women’s … 3 and 8 of the ECHR on multiple occasions in the context of abortion, in cases of R.R. Instead, we need to build a feminist internationalism. We urge the Polish Government to respect the right of freedom of assembly and peaceful protest, and to exercise restraint and refrain from excessive use of force and violence. Croatia directly recognise a general right to sexual and reproductive health: the right to family planning is enshrined in the Portuguese Constitution, while Croatia’s La w on Gender Equality provides for women’s right to freely decide on number of children and … Polish Women’s Strike, the organiser, is a coalition of women’s rights groups, pro-democracy initiatives and individuals mobilising through social media, and expects thousands to join in at least 50 cities. The Polish state’s assault on women’s rights reaches far beyond reproductive health. Poland already has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe. Black protest. Poland's protests can be a rallying cry for a new feminist internationalism that demands and wins public services for care, social housing, universal health care, and wage justice. Until recently, women were penalized for bearing more than one child in China, while in Ecuador, they continue to be imprisoned for choosing to abort. Will Europe Sit Back? Poland’s Newest Abortion Law Further Restricts Women’s Reproductive Rights November 6, 2020 in Current Events / Europe by Rosie Pasqualino On October 22, 2020, Poland’s highest court, The Polish Constitutional Court, placed further bans on the already very … There are just over 1,000 legal abortions every year in Poland, but women's groups say the number of abortions carried out illegally or abroad could be between 80,000 and 120,000. ... resulting in serious violations of women’s rights. This is a timeline of reproductive rights legislation, a chronological list of laws and legal decisions affecting human reproductive rights.Reproductive rights are a sub-set of human rights pertaining to issues of reproduction and reproductive health. In these cases women were prevented from getting access to lawful abortion services, stigmatised, and subjected to degrading treatment by healthcare professionals and public authorities. above and the role of doctors in restricting access to services connected with reproductive health (A. Domaradzka). By withdrawing from labor both paid and unpaid, the protests challenged what counts as labor. The Polish Constitutional Tribunal’s ruling to invalidate the constitutionality of access to abortion on the ground of “severe and irreversible fetal defect or incurable illness that threatens the fetus’ life” (1) will further harm women and girls and violates their human rights, Amnesty International, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Human Rights Watch said today. In India, Armenia, or Hong Kong, the practice of sex-selective abortion — the abortion of female fetuses — has often pit women’s right to choose against the rights of future women, so to speak. The fulfilment of the human rights of women is still lagging in Europe. December 2019 saw the launch of Abortion Without Borders, an initiative coordinated by a coalition of Polish and international reproductive rights organisations which aims to provide much-needed information, practical support and funding to women in Poland who need abortions (at home or abroad). Poland abortion ban: Thousands of women take to streets across country to demand reproductive rights. Women and girls’ rights are under attack right now in Poland. Objectives: A discourse analysis was carried out to identify how women's reproductive rights and needs are reflected in pro-life and pro-choice public debate in Poland. which aim to improve the respect for human rights regarding reproductive health issues. How Hungary and Poland have silenced women and stifled human rights Menu Close The Polish authorities are using a raft of heavy-handed measures to crack down on peaceful protests against a constitutional ruling which severely restricts access to abortion in Poland. Through the use of qualitative research, the report also presents the attitude of the health service to the issues mentioned What made hundreds of thousands of women in 60 cities across Poland protest and wear black? The Polish Constitutional Tribunal further ignored important documents such as the General Comment no. The right to make reproductive choices is women’s legacy throughout history and belongs to every woman regardless of age, class, race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual preference. Tens of thousands of women are in open revolt against Poland’s new abortion ban. It was called Black Monday. 22 (2016) on the Right to sexual and reproductive health (article 12 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights), which also speaks broadly about the need for safe abortion care and the elimination of restrictive abortion laws. Article 33.1-2 states: Men and women shall have equal rights in family, political, social and economic life in the Republic of Poland. This of course is true. No state authorities can enact such interference in the human rights of women. EU Policy on Human Rights 23rd October 2020 9:20 am ©Grzegorz Żukowski Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal Rolls Back Reproductive Rights. Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Bank Polski SA ... and has waged a war on female reproductive rights. Nowolipie 13/15 Poland’s right-wing government is delaying the publication and implementation of a high court ruling that tightens the abortion law and that has triggered almost two weeks of nationwide protests. The ruling party is also dismantling the systems that help victims of domestic violence. International women’s rights are the theory of women’s empowerment. ul. Poland’s flagrant disregard for these values is dangerous not only for women and girls in Poland, but throughout Europe. Moreover, the hostile atmosphere to women’s rights created by fundamentalist politicians has created conditions for undertaking new legislative initiatives with the aim of tightening the abortion regulations. In the wake of this high profile case, Amnesty International urged Poland to “take urgent steps to ensure women and girls have full access to sexual and reproductive health” A year later, Poland’s ombudsman Irena Lipowicz, in a report submitted to the Ministry of Health, said that Poland’s strict laws are “ineffective” in meeting the requirement of the European Court of Human Rights. “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 refrain from retrogressive measures that roll-back women’s rights to sexual and reproductive health care,” said Leah Hoctor, regional director for Europe at the Center for Reproductive Rights. Poland’s Historic Fight for Abortion Rights, Poland’s Massive Pro-Choice Protests Can Change the Whole Political Agenda, Poland Is in Revolt Against Its New Abortion Ban. and Z.R. There are just over 1,000 legal abortions every year in Poland, but women's … WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Karolina Micula had used her bare chest in political protest once before.When Poland’s right-wing government first tried to restrict abortion rights, the actress and singer delivered an intense performance onstage in Wroclaw in 2017 that included her spreading paint in the national colors — white and red — onto her breasts and face, ending with a fist raised high. The protests aim “to destroy Poland and end the history of the Polish nation,” said Poland’s Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of the ruling Law and Justice Party. We must simultaneously examine the responsibility that we collectively share to ensure that women have greater reproductive control overall, not just over abortions, but pregnancy, desire, and pleasure. These statements are not only testimony to the total instrumentalisation of women, reducing them to their reproductive function, but also prove the lack of elementary sensitivity to the difficult situations which are often connected with pregnancy. The poorest women will be the most affected, since others will be able to obtain abortions in other countries. In the manifesto, Feminism for the 99%, the authors note that capitalism’s key move was to “separate the making of people from the making of profit.” The first job was assigned to women, and then made to submit to the second. Varsha Gandikota-Nellutla is a cabinet member and the coordinator of blueprint at Progressive International. Why Polish women are rallying for reproductive rights. Women’s human reproductive rights and lives at risk: the ETUC Women’s Committee calls for the rejection of the proposed bill currently being discussed in Poland The ETUC Women’s Committee particularly supports Polish women who are protesting against a bill, submitted through the citizens’ initiative which aims to introduce a full ban on abortion. TVN24, a private news station, broadcast images of farmers on tractors driving through the town of Nowy Dwor Gdanski in support of women’s reproductive rights. "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. Violations of women’s sexual and reproductive health rights are often deeply engrained in societal values pertaining to women’s sexuality. The home was at once made public. Women taking to the streets in Poland against this latest attack on abortion rights brings us back full circle to the Polish streets again where the movement first began. Their implementation is the practice. Enacted in 1993, the Act on Family Planning, Human Embryo Protection and Conditions of Permissibility of Termination of Pregnancy has been an inapplicable law, as it has been disrespected by the authorities and offices obligated to implement it. 00-150 Warszawa Poland already has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe, and new proposals are set to implement an almost total ban on abortions in the country. Men and women shall have equal rights, in particular, regarding education, employment and promotion, and shall have the right to equal compensation for work of similar value, to social security, to hold offices, and to receive public honours and decorations. At the same time, activists report that the government has stopped consulting women’s rights experts, instead privileging the views and opinions of individuals aligned with PiS. FEMM Members express their support for and solidarity with Polish women and emphasize their deep concerns at the repeated government attacks on women’s rights and the relentless attempts to roll back the reproductive rights of women in Poland. Poland already had one of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws, and the ruling will result in a near-complete ban on abortion. Legal prohibitions on abortion serve no purpose except to deny women access to the healthcare they need and harm their health and wellbeing. Women's rights Europe Explained: Reproductive rights under threat in Poland My Body My Rights campaign action at the International Secretariat, London, UK, 14 February 2013. Freedom to choose ” is out now reproduction as soon as possible abortion for 27 years in.. 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