On October 22, 2020, the Polish pseudo-Constitutional Tribunal* issued a ruling, in which it stated that the abortion performed for embryopathological reasons (severe and irreversible fetal impairment) was incompatible with the Polish Constitution. The politically-driven sentence has tightened the already extremely restrictive abortion law, condemning Polish women to almost the total lack of access to legal abortion (with exceptions of rape, incest, and when the woman’s life is at risk). The restrictions affecting women in Poland were proceeded by the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) despite the Covid-19 pandemic. The decision led to a massive outbreak of women's protests across Poland against the ruling party, the clergy, and the Catholic Church, as well as the Catholic fundamentalists (Ordo Iuris) who initiated the restrictions of women's rights. As the days go by, the protests are becoming stronger and stronger, spreading across the country, and many places around the world. The women united under the slogan #Tojestwojna

The All-Poland Women’s Strike (Ogólnopolski Strajk Kobiet) which coordinates the protests and actions is a grassroot social movement established in 2016. Instead of having official management or headquarters, the All-Poland Women’s Strike is assisted by a helpdesk/support committee led by Marta Lempart and Natalia Pancewicz. 

The logo of the All-Poland Women’s Strike, consisting of a female head in profile and lightning was designed by Ola Jasionowska. The lightning itself has become a significant symbol of the protests over the last few days.

Text: Małgorzata Białobrzycka
Special thanks: Aleksanda Szymczyk

2020 – 2021