Panel discussion on Women’s Strike in Poland

Panel Discussion organized by Sveriges Genusforskarförbund in cooperation with the Department of Gender Studies at Lund University. Moderated by Marta Kolankiewicz (Lund University) & Linnéa Bruno (Stockholm University).

Date: Wed 10th of Feb, 2021
Time: 11.00 (am) UTC+01
Location: Zoom (please register with Linnéa Bruno at in order to get the zoom link)

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In the past months, mass protests have taken place on streets across Poland under the name Women’s Strike. They were sparked by the Polish Constitutional Tribunal having ruled abortion unconstitutional in cases of serious and irreversible fetus defects. The ruling inscribes itself in a broader trend in Poland of attacks on women and LGBTQ+ rights and growing anti-gender mobilizations of religious fundamentalists, but can also be seen in a longer perspective of marginalization of women and LGBTQ+ rights in the last decades.

In this panel discussion, we will talk about the situation in Poland regarding abortion, women’s and LGBTQ+ rights, anti-gender campaigns, the role of the Catholic Church in this context, as well as feminist and LGBTQ+ movements and resistance.


Agata Diduszo-Zyglewska
Activist, journalist affiliated with Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique), and left-wing politician, member of the City Council of Warsaw. She is co-author of the Map of Pedophilia in the Catholic Church of Poland and the author of Krucjata Polska (Polish Crusade).

Elżbieta Korolczuk
Activist and scholar. She is Associate Professor at Södertörn University and the University of Warsaw. Her research focuses on social movements, civil society, politics of reproduction and anti-gender campaigns. She will soon publish a new book, Anti-gender Politics in the Populist Moment, together with Agnieszka Graff.

Aleksandra Muzińska
LGBT+ activist, lesbian and former campaigner for marriage equality in Poland. Aleksandra is originator of the Fund for a Change that supports local initiatives for LGBTQ+ communities in small towns in Poland. She is part of the group of gay and bisexual people who filed the first group lawsuit to fight homophobic hate speech in Poland.

Moderators: Marta Kolankiewicz (Lund University) & Linnéa Bruno (Stockholm University)


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