In response to the Constitutional Tribunal's ruling to place further restrictions on abortion and a woman's right to her body, hundreds of thousands of women and their allies have taken to the streets of Poland demanding women's access to abortion, sex education, and contraception, as well as the resignation of the current government and the separation of its ties to the Catholic Church.
Despite the threat of brute force from police, military, and detractors, protestors have not relented in their efforts, in what has become the largest movement to take place in Poland since the Solidarity movement of the 1980s.
At CEMiPoS, we strive to empower those who suffer under the greed and oppressive institutions, and repudiate all forms of violence against human dignity. We stand in solidarity with the protesters, who fight for a world where women can live freely, and dedicate our work and our advocacy towards realizing this future.
Header image by Zuza Gałczyńska on Unsplash. Depicted is a protester wearing a red lightning bolt, one of the main symbols of the protests as a logo of the grassroots women's rights initiative Women's Strike (Strajk Kobiet). The logo was originally designed by Ola Jasionowska, who explains that the logo is a warning that says, "Watch out, before, we won't accept that women are being deprived of their basic rights." (Source: Notes from Poland)