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Thousands of people protest in Poland against the country’s withdrawal from a convention on male violence

Several thousand people, mostly women, demonstrated this Friday in Warsaw, Poland, against the government’s intention to abandon the Council of Europe Convention, also known, on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, such as the Istanbul Convention.

Protesters, including men and boys of all ages, gathered in front of Ordo Iuris headquarters in Warsaw, an ultra-conservative association that campaigned for Poland’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention, which was signed in 2011. “Ordo Iuris is the enemy of Polish women,” protesters have shouted.

“Unfortunately, we are still dealing with large amounts (male violence) in Poland. Between 400 and 500 women are murdered and beaten to death,” said the President of the United States Center for Rights, Pole Urszula Nowakowska.

Thousands of people protest in Poland against the country’s withdrawal from a convention on male violence
Thousands of people protest in Poland against the country’s withdrawal from a convention on male violence

“We hope that our protests and appeals are effective and that we can stop this crazy attack on the Convention,” he added, before we decided that women would not be “victims”. The crowd, most of whom wear face masks to avoid possible COVID-19 infections, have sung the slogan.

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