Social Disobedience As a Weapon Against Politicisation of Women’s Rights

Human sexuality plays an important role in our everyday lives therefore it has often been politicised, exploited by politicians and religious leaders, and used to generate economic gains. Without doubt, women have suffered most from those who abuse power. But this needs to change. In the globalised world long-term socio-economic development will be a tough challenge if women are ignored and denied their reproductive rights.

Despite the urgency of problems related to the raging coronavirus pandemic, in October 2020 Polish government appointed by the ruling party — “Law and Justice” (PiS) — decided to re-examine the country’s abortion laws. As a result, the already restrictive act was replaced with new legislation which now almost entirely outlaws abortion. Despite the fact that in the 2019 election, the majority of Poles voted for the far right party (PiS) known for its radical views and strong ties with the Catholic Church, some of the pro-PiS voters are currently among the antigovernment and pro-choice protesters. During its term in office, PiS became infamous for various controversial reforms, including those condemned by the European Commission and described as “continuous backsliding on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights’’. In October 2020, a conflict over abortion divided Poland for a second time in the last four years. Despite all public objections in January 2021 Polish government ratified the law introducing nearly total ban on abortion.

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Alexandra Krawiec

Alexandra Krawiec

Alex holds a PhD in economics and MA in English Philology. Her work has focused on women’s leadership, organisational change, democracy and climate change