Statement by the European Parliament’s Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee Chair, Evelyn Regner (S&D, AT), on the situation of women in Belarus.
“Right now, thousands of strong women are peacefully taking to the streets of Belarus. They are protesting against what we have seen the Belarusian regime doing in the last few weeks, which is appalling: former president Lukashenko is responsible for the rigged elections, for beating up and torturing his own citizens, and now even kidnapping opposition leaders. All of this is simply unacceptable for the EU.
At the same time, women have been standing in elections and now, by taking to the streets in peaceful protest, they are showing the world once again that they want democracy. And women are - again - at the forefront of the protests and a strong force for change.
As Chair of the European Parliament’s Gender Equality and Women’s Rights Committee, it is essential to me that the European Union supports the Belarusian women in their fight for democracy and an equal society. We cannot just turn away when opposition leaders like Mariya Kalesnikava are kidnapped and arrested. It is our European responsibility to stand with the Belarusian people in their fight for democracy and fundamental rights. Therefore, we call for severe sanctions, including against Lukashenko.”