In this episode we want to talk about the right of self-determination over the body and what it looks like in the Netherlands, how the continuation of the current liberalization can be guaranteed and what future goals could be.
Our guests are Devika Partiman, a social activist that has founded the STEM OP EEN VROUW foundation, which aims to get more women into political positions. Also with us is Sarah Tekath, journalist, based in Amsterdam since 2014. She works for different medias like euronews, FAZ, neues deutschland and is the podcast host AMSTERDAMES and member of the network DEINE KORRESPONDENTIN.
“Shouldn’t we not be patient, shouldn’t we not be happy with that we have?
There is still be a big lack of understanding. I think the educational system still does not explain why the feminist movement was there. They tell pupils, women were not allowed ot vote, they were not allowed to go to school. But they don’t learn the mechanics of the discriminating system. How all the details are go to show their faces everywhere you go.”
This episode is about abortion rights and political protest in Poland. The idea for this podcast series came about under the impression of the strong protests in Poland in autumn 2021 against the tightening of the already restrictive legislation on abortion. Only since 1993 abortion is mostly ban and this happened during the change of social system, which promised more liberal rights and gave the hope of freedom.
Now in 2020/21 the amount of protesting women (but also men) in autumn was very impressive. We want to know: how did they manage to mobilize so many people? We talk to Karolina Micula, a musican, performer and activist, who chooses many different forms of protesting (and is pictured on the front page of the podcasts’ website). Our second guest is Terry Reintke, member of the European Parliament for the Green Group since 2014 and currently also its Vice President. She demands that the EU intervenes in Polish breaches of fundamental rights and supports the Polish activists by saying „Your struggle is our struggle.“