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Joint Statement: International Solidarity with Women and Peaceful Protestors

As organizations committed to the advancement of human rights and gender equality, we stand in solidarity with all those in Poland who for the last week have peacefully protested against the politicized attack on women’s fundamental human rights and access to health care.

Last week Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal issued a decision purporting to invalidate a legal ground for abortion. If this decision is given legal effect it will amount to the introduction of a near-total ban on abortion in Poland.

Thousands across Poland have protested peacefully against this unlawful and retrogressive decision. We express our deep admiration for the courageous and tireless efforts of those defending the rights of women in Poland. Women’s fundamental human rights are universal. Attacks on these rights concern everyone in society and their impact transcends national borders.

We urge the Polish Government to respect the right of freedom of assembly and peaceful protest, and to exercise restraint and refrain from excessive use of force and violence. We are deeply concerned by reports that military action is being planned to suppress peaceful protests and demonstrations. We urge the EU and the international community to monitor the situation and to act with urgency to prevent violence against peaceful protestors and attacks on women human rights defenders.

Abortion Rights, UK

Abortion Support Network

ACCEDER, Costa Rica

Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights

Agrupación Ciudadana por la Despenalización del Aborto, El Salvador

AIETI, Spain

Aids and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA), South Africa

Akahatá, Argentina

Alliance for Choice, Derry, Northern Ireland

Article 19

ASPEKT, Slovakia

Association for Struggle Against Sexual Violence, Turkey

ASTRA – Central and Eastern European Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Austrian Family Planning Association (OGF)


Bodrum Kadın Dayanışma Derneği, Turkey

Catholics for Choice

Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir Perú

Center for Curricular Development and Gender Studies (FILIA Center), Romania

Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), USA

Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD), Uganda

Center for Reproductive Rights

Center Women and Modern World, Azerbaijan

Centre d’Action Laïque, Belgium

Centro de Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos – PROMSEX, Peru

Citizen, Democracy and Accountability, Slovakia

Coalition for Gender Equality, Romania

Colectiva Costa Rica Afro

Comité de América latina y el Caribe para los Derechos de las Mujeres, CLADEM

Consorcio Latinoamericano contra el aborto inseguro (CLACAI)

Cornell Gender Justice Clinic, USA

Demokratik alevi dernekleri kadın meclisi olarak imzacıyız, Turkey

Deutscher Juristinnenbund e.V. (djb), Germany

DİSK Birleşik Metal-İş (United Metal Workers’ Union) Women's Committee, Turkey

Doctors for Choice, Malta

ECOS, Argentina

Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), Egypt

erktolia, Turkey

ESITIZ - Equality Watch Women's Group, Turkey

Estonian Sexual Health Association, Estonia

European Consortium for Emergency Contraception

European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

Euroregional Center for Public Initiatives (ECPI), Romania

Family Planning and Sexual Health Association, Lithuania

Federación Planificación Familiar Estatal, Spain

FeminAmfi, Turkey

Feminist Majority Foundation, USA

Fertility Europe, Belgium

Freedom of Choice, Slovakia

Fundación Desafío, Ecuador

Fundación ESAR, Colombia

Fundación Miles, Chile

Fundación Oriéntame, Colombia

Global Justice Center

Great Lakes Initiative for Human Rights and Development (GLIHD), Rwanda

Hawai'i Institute for Human Rights, USA

Health Development Initiative (HDI), Rwanda

Health Education and Research Association (HERA), Republic of North Macedonia

Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic, City of New York School of Law, USA

Human Rights in Childbirth

Humanists UK

Ibis Reproductive Health, South Africa & USA

Iniciativas de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (ICID), Spain

International Campaign for Womens Right to Safe Abortion

International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)

International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)

International Women’s Health Coalition


Ipas, Bolivia

Irish Family Planning Association

K.K. Attorneys, Blantyre, Malawi

Kadın Zamanı Dernegi, Turkey

KAPADOKYA kadın dayanışma dernegi

Karadeniz Kadın Dayanışma Derneği, Turkey

KIKAP TRABZON Foundation, Turkey

Kırkyama Women Solidarity, Turkey

Kırmızı Biber Dernegi, Turkey

KK Attorneys, Malawi

Las Comadres, Red de acompañamiento en aborto, Ecuador

Latvian Association for Family Planning & Sexual Health

Lawyering for Reproductive Justice

Lawyers for Choice, UK

Lithuanian Women’s Lobby

Lobby Europeo de Mujeres en España (LEM España), Spain

London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign

Marie Stopes International

Marijampole Women’s Center, Lithuania

Medical Students for Choice, USA

Men Against Violence, Malta

Milhas pela Vida das Mulheres, Brazil

Moviment Graffitti, Malta

Mouvement Français pour le Planning Familial, France

NARAL Pro-Choice America, USA

National Women’s Council of Ireland

National Women’s Law Center, USA

NAYA Kenya

Nebudeme ticho, Slovakia

Netherlands Helsinki Committee

Nyale Institute for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (Nyale Institute), Malawi

Nyale Institute for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Malawi

Planned Parenthood Global

Platform for Reproductive Justice

pro familia Bundesverband, Germany

Profamilia, Colombia

Reproductive Health Network, Kenya

Reproductive Health Training Center, Republic of Moldova

Romanian Women’s Lobby

Roda - Parents in Action, Croatia

Rutgers, Netherlands

Şanlıurfa Yaşamevi Kadın Dayanışma Dernegi, Turkey

Sarajevo Open Centre, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sendas, Ecuador

Sensoa, the Flemish centre of expertise on Sexual Health, Belgium

Sex og Politikk, Norway

SEX vs The STORK Association, Romania

Sexual Health Switzerland

Sexual Rights Initiative

She Decides, Kenya

Sister Supporter, UK

Social Innovation Fund, Lithuania

Society for Education in Contraception and Sexuality, Romania

Society for Feminist Analyses AnA, Romania

Sombrilla Centroamericana. Organizaciones por los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos y por la Despenalización del Aborto en Centroamérica

Stowarzyszenie na Rzecz Leczenia Niepłodności i Wspierania Adopcji Nasz Bocian, Poland

Swedish Association for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (RFSU), Sweden

Taller Salud, Puerto Rico

The European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe)

The National Abortion Federation, USA

The Population Institute, USA

UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development & Reproductive Health

Union Women Center, Georgia

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights

We Testify, United States

White Ribbon Alliance, USA

Woman Health and Family Planning Charity Foundation (IPPF MA), Ukraine

Women and Children First, UK

Women and Law in Southern Africa Research and Education Trust (WLSA), Malawi

Women Enabled International

Women for Women’s Human Rights – New Ways, Turkey

Women Lawyers On Guard Action Network, Inc, USA

Women on Web, Canada

Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR)

Women’s Link Worldwide, Spain

Women’s NGOs Cooperation Network of Latvia

Women’s Resource Center NGO, Armenia

Women’s Rights Foundation, Malta

Women’s Room – Center for Sexual Rights, Croatia

Women’s Solidarity Association of İzmir, Turkey

Women’s Coalition, Turkey

Women’s Federation of Associations, Turkey

World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)

Youth for Youth, Romania

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