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Krakow Manifa. The pickets demanded access to abortion, equal pay for both sexes and a decent life

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The manifa walked through the streets of Krakow for the 18th time. The colorful crowd of protesters demanded, among other things, access to abortion, equal pay for both sexes and a dignified life, e.g. for carers of people with disabilities. The march ended in Krakow’s Market Square.

At 2 p.m., the Krakow Manifa set off from Plac Wielka Armii Napoleona. She went through, among others Retoryka Street, in front of the PiS headquarters, and ended at the Market Square in Krakow. Manifa becomes an adult, because she walks the streets of this city for the 18th time. This year’s slogan is “Each of us is important and the voice of each of us counts”.

In addition to available abortion, the demands of the pickets are primarily inclusive and intersectional feminism, reproductive health, the fight against mobbing and violation of labor law, recognition of care work, abolition of menstrual exclusion, the fight for a decent life for carers of disabled people, the need for greater representation of women in politics, marriage equality and rights of transgender people, the needs of refugees and migrants.

This year, for the first time, the manifesto was read in three languages: Polish, English and Ukrainian.

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– We believe that in an election year it is particularly important to remind that women’s rights are not a substitute topic, they are not something that can be dealt with later, but are the reality of more than half of Polish society. (…) We will stand up for work, including unpaid work for women at home, work related to motherhood, for the rights of LGBT+, the rights of transgender and non-binary people, and everything that sometimes goes to the background, which is related to the existence of women – lists activist Wiktoria Aleksandra Barańska.

"Each of us is important and each of us has a voice" - this is the motto of the 18th edition of Krakowska Manifa, which at 2 pm set off through the streets of Krakow.  Its participants demand  access to abortion, equal pay for both sexes and a dignified life, e.g.  for carers of people with disabilities.  The march will end at Krakow's Market Square.

One of the slogans during the 18th ManifaTVN24

"Each of us is important and each of us has a voice" - this is the motto of the 18th edition of Krakowska Manifa, which at 2 pm set off through the streets of Krakow.  Its participants demand  access to abortion, equal pay for both sexes and a dignified life, e.g.  for carers of people with disabilities.  The march will end at Krakow's Market Square.

This year’s manifesto was read for the first time in three languagesTVN24

Krakow Manifa. Solidarity with the convicted woman for assisting in abortion

The originators of the event want to draw attention to the discussion in the Sejm around the rejected bill, which assumes, among other things, prison sentences, e.g. for providing the number of Aborcja Without Borders and the one after the conviction for Justyna Wydrzyńska from Aborcyjne Dream Team, who was found guilty of helping a person in need of an abortion.

– On Tuesday we protested and showed solidarity with Justyna [Wydrzyńską – przyp. red.] on the conviction she heard for helping another woman with an abortion, for sharing pills with her. This is also something that is extremely important to us. Reminding that abortions were, are and will be, that Polish women have the right to terminate a pregnancy, just like all other European women. And this is happening no matter how oppressive the government tries to control us. We want it to happen legally, in a civilized way, so that we can just go to the doctor, say we need abortion, contraception, sterilization. These are our reproductive rights. Only we should decide for ourselves whether we want to become mothers – emphasizes Barańska.

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