Dziewuchy Berlin is a Polish feminist collective. It was founded in 2016 and its first action was the organisation of the Black Protest (Czarny Protest) on 3 October 2016, the first official women’s strike that was called to oppose the proposed total ban on abortion; this marked the beginning of the collective’s ongoing fight against the right-wing PiS government and other ultracatholic, anti-choice and fascist forces in our spheres.
In recent years, the PiS government and its allies have launched a campaign against the LGBT community in Poland. We see ourselves as a queer-feminist collective, and we stand with the Polish queer community against our common enemies.
In the four years since its founding, the collective has organised countless demonstrations, actions, performances, artistic events, and has appeared on many panels, protest stages and in the media.
There are more branches of Dziewuchy across Poland and in other places in Europe, but in Berlin our role is to raise awareness of the situation of women in Poland on the German stage, and to stand in solidarity with women in Germany who are fighting for self-determination and the right to choose – particularly in the fights against the paragraphs 218 and 219a.
We stand in solidarity with other Polish organisations and support the networks that help Polish women access abortions in Germany. We also stand in solidarity with other migrant groups in Berlin, and see the fight for women’s and LGBT rights as a fight across borders and languages.