WARSAW, Poland -- tens of thousands of people in Warsaw and various other towns in Poland protested Friday against programs by the conservative government to draw from Europe's Istanbul Convention against domestic violence and violence against women and kids.
They rallied in front of the offices of a Roman Catholic association of attorneys, Ordo Iuris, that’s pushing for its withdrawal.
Protests were held in Wroclaw, Czestochowa, and various other towns.
The government has just indicated that it intends to leave the conference that has been ratified by the prior, liberal government in 2015. The government as well as other critics contend that the tradition goes against Poland’s constitution, Roman Catholic household customs, and state it isn’t right to link faith to violence against girls.
Liberal opposition parties support the seminar.
The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence is based on the premise that girls are targeted with violence simply as they’re girls. It says that women and men have equal rights and obliges country governments to take action to reduce violence against women, protect the victims, and prosecute the perpetrators.
Among the provisions which raised queries by Poland’s government claims that neither tradition, custom, faith, heritage, or so-called”honor” can justify violence.