In recent weeks Poland has witnessed an unprecedented mobilisation of women against the tightening of the already very strict abortion law. To the likely surprise of many observers, the government, dominated by the nationalist right-wing Law and Justice party, decided to revoke its initial backing for the draft law, having bowed to pressure following angry protests of one hundred thousand women bearing black umbrellas. Gert Röhrborn from the Warsaw office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation sheds light on the background of these recent events.
The sterilization of women without their consent remains a persistent problem for public health systems worldwide. Public health administrators and justice systems have yet to learn the lessons of such abuses.
In view of the 10th anniversary of SCR 1325 and on the initiative of EPLO (European Peacebuilding Liaison Office), civil society organisations from different EU countries developed a 10-point position paper to implement SCR 1325 in Europe. Gitti Hentschel has contributed to this paper. Over 60 organisations, among them the Gunda Werner Institute and the Women's Security Council, explicitly align themselves with its recommendations.