When global pandemic isn’t enough…Polish right wing attempts further restrictions on access to termination of pregnancy and imprisonment for conducting sex education

In this difficult moment, when all of our resources serve the purpose of surviving another day, of making even the tiniest gesture of solidarity towards those on the front line in the fight against the pandemic, the Polish Parliament is using the situation to introduce draconian regulations. Yesterday, we learned that to the schedule of the next parliamentary session, which is going to take place on 15th and 16th April, there have been added the postponed draft amendments, provisions of which are to introduce further restrictions on access to termination of pregnancy and imprisonment for conducting sex education.

Insight (Ukraine) – “We urge absolutely all women to join us, because we believe in women’s solidarity”

Insight is a Ukrainian feminist and LGBTQI* organization, it provides psychological and legal support to the community, and as a feminist organization, it holds the annual Women’s March. It is known for its educational activities and active response to cases of discrimination and violence. We talked with the head of Insight Olena Shevchenko and asked her how one can fight for equal rights and opportunities for women and LGBTQI* people in Ukraine and what problems one has to face.

Tbilisi Pride (Georgia) – “That situation for LGBTQI* people in Georgia makes you feel like a secondary citizen and a person deprived of basic rights”

The LGBTQI* community is facing oppression in Georgia. Protests supporting the community in Tbilisi often get disrupted by ultra-conservatives, many of those members of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Resistance countering homophobia in Georgian society exists, as the Tbilisi Pride shows. We spoke with Giorgi Tabagari,the co-founder of the Tbilisi Pride movement, about the Georgian Orthodox Church, the Georgian government and how the LGBTQI* should be protected.

Peace Mothers – “It is our pain that brought us together”

The Peace Mothers is a unique women’s movement that arose in Turkey as a reaction to continuing violence against Kurdish people. The movement has become the voice of those who have suffered the pain of forced migration, ethnic discrimination and human rights violations. We spoke to Berivan, a member of the movement, who lost two children in the struggle between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Turkish army, about how she was forced to migrate to Germany due to her peace activism and how, in spite of everything, she has learned not to be afraid.

Non Una Di Meno (Bologna) – “Together we gain strength to change what is wrong with society”

Non Una Di Meno is the trans*feminist response that grew out of a need to oppose the social inequality that women* and LGBTQI* people still experience. Since 2016 it has become a countrywide movement that is voicing the opinions of those who are not in power. We talked to the three activists Laura, Lorenza and Nora of Non una di Meno Bologna on topics like organizing, striking and the presumed North and South gap in Italy.

Ni Una Menos (Mexico City) – “Women and men have to raise their voices. We need a place where we can live without violence”

Ni Una Menos is a movement that formed as a reaction against femicide and the ongoing violence women experienced for decades in Latin America. We have interviewed Yesenia Zamudio, who is an activist in the movement. In 2019 her daughter María de Jesús Jaime Zamudio was a victim of femicide. The murder was committed by her teacher and a fellow student at the University, who first abused her and then pushed her from a balcony.