Slovakia

#BlackProtest in Slovakia

Grassroots feminist response to the Polish abortion ban
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As a response to the abominable abortion ban proposal in Poland, a small grassroots on-line feminist group organized a solidarity gathering in the city center of Bratislava, as part of the international #Czarnyprotest (Black protest). As the Polish embassy is in a remote part of Bratislava, the Polish Institute served as a symbolic gathering place instead. Some 200 people turned up to the Monday event, which is very encouraging considering the usual turnout of 30-50 people to human rights protests, especially when linked to foreign countries. Even more encouraging is the fact that the ‘usual crowd’ consisting of professional NGO people, media savvy activists, and intelectuals, was outnumbered by ‘ordinary’ men and women, many with children.

 

Photos by Alexandra Zibrinová:

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Peter Weisenbacher

Peter Weisenbacher

has been the executive director of the Human Rights Institute since 2011. Previously he was the director of Slovak LGBT pride for two years, head of Amnesty International Slovakia for four years, and member of the expert Committee for Human Rights and Minorities in the Office of the Government of Slovakia for two years. As a freelance journalist, he writes mainly about human rights. He holds a PhD in Information Science and has lectured at Comenius University in Bratislava and Masaryk University in Brno.

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Peter Weisenbacher
has been the executive director of the Human Rights Institute since 2011. Previously he was the director of Slovak LGBT pride for two years, head of Amnesty International Slovakia for four years, and member of the expert Committee for Human Rights and Minorities in the Office of the Government of Slovakia for two years. As a freelance journalist, he writes mainly about human rights. He holds a PhD in Information Science and has lectured at Comenius University in Bratislava and Masaryk University in Brno.

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