Joint statement by Women’s Rights Committee Chair, Evelyn Regner, and the Chair of the delegation for relations with Belarus, Robert Biedroń.
“Today, the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality has held a hearing on the situation of women in Belarus, in association with the Delegation for relations with Belarus.
Our guests Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and Veranika Tsapkala have explained to us how Belarusian women have been playing a crucial role in the resistance to Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s regime, despite all-out repression and harassment, giving us all a lesson of courage and hope.
Their involvement has been highlighted in the EP resolution of 17 September on
the situation in Belarus and in the EP recommendation of 21 October on relations with Belarus. Besides, the 2020 Sakharov Prize for the Freedom of Thought has been awarded to the democratic opposition in Belarus, represented by the Coordination Council, an initiative of brave women Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Svetlana Alexievich, Maryia Kalesnikava, Volha Kavalkova and Veranika Tsapkala, as well as political and civil society figures.
We also pay tribute to the thousands of valiant Belarusian women who take to the street
by the thousands, every weekend, to denounce electoral fraud, demand the release of all political prisoners and the end of police brutality, and call for democratic change
in their country.
It is our European responsibility to stand with them in pursuing these just causes.”
“It is essential to me that the EU supports the brave Belarusian women in their fight for democracy and an equal society. Women are again at the forefront of the protests and a strong force for change. It is our European responsibility to stand with them”, said Evelyn Regner (S&D, AT), Chair of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality.
“Lukashenka’s mistake – which will certainly lead to his downfall – was his underestimation of women. History has proved him wrong: brave and strong women are the true wind of change, which we hope will soon bring freedom and democracy to our Belarusian neighbours”, said Robert Biedroń (S&D, PL), Chair of the Delegation for relations with Belarus.