Poland must come out of the European treaty on violence against women, Polish Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro said on Saturday July 25.
At a press conference, he let it be known that his administration would ask the Ministry of Families on Monday to initiate a procedure to withdraw from this treaty, known as the Istanbul Convention. “It contains elements of an ideological nature, which we consider to be harmful”, said the minister.
Mr. Ziobro considers in particular that this treaty goes against the rights of parents by requiring schools to teach equality between women and men.
Protest in Warsaw
The Law and Justice Party (PiS), in power in Poland, is close to the Catholic Church and promotes a social-conservative policy. Hostility towards gay rights has been one of the main themes of Andrzej Duda during his campaign for a second presidential term.
On Friday, thousands of people, most of them women, demonstrated in Warsaw, the capital, and in other cities against the planned exit from the treaty.
“The objective is to legalize domestic violence”, declared, on Friday, Magdalena Lempart, one of the organizers of the demonstration in Warsaw. Some people carried banners that read: “PiS is hell for women. “