Sunday, July 26, 2020

Is Poland Protecting Women?

Poland is to withdraw from a European treaty aimed at preventing violence against women. 

The country's justice minister, Zbigniew Ziobro said the document, known as the Istanbul Convention, was "harmful" because it required schools to teach children about gender. He argued that the convention violated the rights of parents and "contains elements of an ideological nature".

The ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party and its coalition partners are closely aligned to the Catholic Church, and the government has promised to promote traditional family values.

President Duda was re-elected earlier this month following a campaign in which he described the promotion of LGBT rights as an "ideology" more destructive than communism.

Thousands of women have protested at the move in cities across Poland.

"The aim is to legalise domestic violence," Marta Lempart, an organiser of a march in the city, told Reuters 

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