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SEX YES - SEXISM NO!

Maciej Hryniewicz

News author: Maja Pobłocka
2007-03-12 16:59:32 / News read 3867 reading

On 8 March - Women's Day was celebrated in very special way in Poland. First of all it was a big female solidarity march. Women and men, representing feminist organizations and sexual minorities and other groups took part together in that happening calling “We are fed up! We want changes!”

The main aim was to generate a wave of protest against anti-women's policy and arrogance of Polish government concerning a controversial proposal to include a ban on abortion and rights for homosexuals.

March "manifa" is an annual demonstration, which has been protesting against limited rights of women and diminishing of women's freedom. This year almost 1200 people in Warsaw demonstrated particularly against new attempts of the governemnt to limit abortion rights (which are almost not existing anyway).
But "manifa" has also a Polish-wide range and it is organized in every major city in Poland. And hence demonstrations celebrating 8th of March took place in Warsaw, Kracow, Katowice, and Poznan.

On the 11 of March our organisation has been involved in special Manifa in Sopot. Over 100 feminists had gone through Bohaterów Monte Cassino street moving rhythmically to the music of drums. The march started with the free distributions of catchwords which were shouted during the manifestation. For example:

"SEX YES, SEXISM NO”;
“WE ARE STRONG BUT STRONGER TOGETHER ”;
"GIRLS, WE NEED ACTIONS”;
” STRONG WOMEN- FREE WORLD”etc.

Participants protested against the anti-abortion law in Poland and also against women's violance, demending better treatment and better rights for women.
It was peaceful demonstration, and even without eggs thrown by the opponent’s side, not like it was in previous years. This time there was a battle on slogans. “Młodziez Wszechpolska” who is adamantly opposed to feminists shouted slogans like “Abortion - a real holocaust”. The whole happening was protected by Sopot department of police. But fortunatly there weren’t any dangerous situations. The main organizer was informal group Femme Totale.

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