Krakow marks Women’s Day 2019 with Manifa march for women’s rights

The Manifa 2019 logo (Katarzyna Janota)
The Manifa 2019 logo (Katarzyna Janota)

March 8th marks International Women’s Day. Traditionally, Polish women receive flowers, but another annual event has emerged alongside this – Manifa, a march to raise awareness of the rights and challenges of women.

Manifa began as a leftist action in Warsaw in 2000 under the slogan “Democracy without women is half democracy.” Since then, the annual parade has spread and grown in popularity – most likely helped by the organization of women and allies for the CzarnyProtest protest movement which has emerged in recent years in response to attempts by Poland’s socially far-right Law and Justice PiS party to enact a total ban on abortion.

This year’s Krakow Manifa on Sunday, March 10th will be the city’s 15th. Organizers invite any supporters to meet for the march at 13:00 in front of the National Museum (aleja 3 Maja) under this year’s slogan of “One for All, All for One.”

As usual, there can also expected to be counter-demonstrators as well as a strong police presence. In past years, though, Manifa has occurred without major incident.

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