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.

Proceder/Ni Una Menos (Colima, Mexico) – “If you’re an activist and you don’t have hope, you’re in deep trouble”

Claudia Prado is a professor, activist and leader of a human rights organization in Mexico. She reflects on the impact of the Ni Una Menos movement in Mexico and describes the work and organization of the group ‘Proceed’ (Proceder) in the Mexican state of Colima, which she is a member of. She talks about the problems and challenges activists have faced in recent years – both on a legal and social level in one of the Mexican regions with the highest number of femicides.

Ni Una Menos (Argentina) – “We arise from a collective cry to say enough to femicides”

Ni Una Menos is a campaign against gender-based violence that was formed in 2015, in response to the murder of 14-year-old Chiara Paez by her boyfriend. Ni Una Menos defines itself as a collective protest against femicides and violence against women. In this interview, we talk to Lucía Cavallero who is an Argentinian feminist and a member of the Ni Una Menos collective in Buenos Aires. In our interview she talks about the movement’s achievements and the importance of understanding intersectionality and of opposing division and fragmentation within the protest movement.

Women*Strike Committee Berlin – “Does anyone really believe that equality exists in Germany?”

The Women*’s Strike Committee Berlin called for a women*’s strike and organised protest actions. The Committee unites different interests, actors and groups and their concerns. They fight for sexual self-determination, a change in migration and labour policy. We talked to Sophie Obinger, an activist in the committee, about how different issues such as sexism, racism or precarity affect one another and how their profile has been raised through a strike.

Association of Household Employees of Seville – “What unites us is that we are all women, we are all violated by the system”

Jacqueline Amaya Rengifo is a spokesperson for the Association of Domestic Workers of Seville. The association is a group of migrant women who are fighting for the recognition of their labor rights. Female care workers are forced to work in very bad conditions. A large number of women are exploited in informal labor relations, poorly paid and often not paid at all for the work they do. They live in constant fear of being inspected or reported because they do not have papers, and often have a great responsibility to raise money for their families.