Slovenian Women Write to Polish Prime Minister

2011-09-10 20:12:23 / News read 1437 reading

Appeal for respecting women’s rights in Poland. Ljubljana,  September 5,  2011.


Mr. Donald Tusk                                                                       

Prime Minister



Appeal for respecting women’s rights in Poland

Your Excellency,



The Women’s Lobby of Slovenia wishes to express its deep concern regarding current discussions of the Law on Family Planning, Protection of the Human Fetus and Conditions for Legal Abortion, which could lead to Poland’s violation of women’s human rights and its failure to fulfill its fundamental role to promote gender equality and human rights. The proposed changes were finaly not adopted by a small majority.



Our organization represents nearly all women civil society organizations working on women human rights in our country, and we are a member of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) as the Polish Women’s Lobby as well.



Please let us remind you of the many international human rights agreements which call for gender equality and the full respect of each individual’s sexual and reproductive rights, including the Beijing Platform for Action and the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), ratified by the Polish Government.



The European Union and its Member States have committed to the realization of gender equality and the promotion of women’s rights, as a fundamental and founding value and objective of the EU, as stated in Articles 2 and 3 of the Treaty on European Union and in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU. The Cairo Program of Action, adopted by 180 nations at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, states that reproductive rights rest on the recognition of the basic right of all couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children, and to have the information and means to do so, including access to health care, legal and safe abortion, and reliable, safe and affordable contraception and thereby lessen maternal mortality related to unsafe abortion. It is unacceptable that in the 21st Century, a European country includes in its legislation a provision which directly endangers women's lives.



We believe it to be essential that the Polish legislation takes stock of these international commitments and values and ensures women’s full enjoyment of their human rights, including their sexual and reproductive rights. The international human rights standard is to liberalize abortion laws to make the interruption of unwanted pregnancies safe and accessible to women.



While Poland is holding the EU Presidency, it is crucial that your country shows its commitment to promote gender equality and human rights, both through its own legislation and its work at EU level.



Together with all of the member organizations of the European Women’s Lobby, we trust that you will do your utmost to ensure that Poland considers reviewing its legislation regarding abortion in a forward-looking light, taking the lead in promoting women's sexual and reproductive rights. In this light we call on to support the new civic initiative TAK DLA KOBIET.



Sincerely yours,

Metka Roksandić





Women’s Lobby of Slovenia

Dalmatinova ulica 4 · 1000 Ljubljana · Slovenia · phone +386 70 611 213 · e-address ·




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