All Press Releases


This is an overview of all the press releases about our campaigns; the launch of new hotlines, ships campaigns, legal battles, and other events.

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  • Comments to the statement of Dutch Minister of Foreign affairs of The Netherlands

    The minister Bot has stated that the Portuguese Minister of Defense cannot prevent the ship from entering Portuguese territorial waters on the bases of his sole argument that the ship violates the United Nations convention of the Sea. Read more »

  • Paulo Portas makes false accusations again;

    Once again Women on Waves would like to declare that it all its activities on Portuguese territory will comply with all Portuguese laws. Paulo Portas does not seem to want to hear that the ship has and never had any intention to distribute any medicines within Portugal. Read more »

  • Portugese Government in violation of international treaties


  • Statement nr. 0010/SEAM/2004 from the Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Portugal

    Here are the faxes of the portugese ministers that do not want us to come to Portugal. Read more »

  • Permission requested to enter Harbour of Figueira da Foz

    Following the normal procedures, today (27-08-04)Women on Waves officially requested authorization to enter the harbour of Figueira da Foz. Within the European Union the request for authorization is only a formality. Read more »

  • Women on Waves sets sail to Portugal

    On the invitation of the Portuguese organizations Não te Prives, Youth Action for Peace, UMAR and Club Safe, the ship of Women on Waves will set sail to Portugal on August 23rd where it will stay for two weeks. Read more »

  • We will sail again on monday 23 august

    On invitation of local organizations the ship of Women on Waves will set sail again. During a press conference on Monday, August 23, Women on Waves will make a statement about the aim of the voyage and disclose the next destination of the ship. Read more »

  • Women on Waves sets sail to Poland

    Polish civil rights and women's organizations have invited Women on Waves to support them in their struggle for legal and safe abortion in Poland. Abortion was legal ten years ago. Read more »

  • Ship arrives today in Wladyslawowo

    Because of stormy weather the ship of Women on Waves will arrive today, Friday, at approximately 17 hours in the harbor of Wladyslawowo. Read more »

  • Ship cannot dock

    Because of stormy weather no boat is allowed into the harbor of Wladyslawowo. Read more »

  • International consensus on reproductive rights

    During the 'International Conference on Population and Development' in Cairo (1994), and during the 'Forth World Conference on Women' in Bejing (1995) the General Assembly of the United Nations has stated that 'Governments and organizations are urged to strengthen their commitment to women's health Read more »

  • Press statement STER committee and Women on Waves

    During the press conference Wanda Nowicka presented the STER committee that has invited Women on Waves to support them in their struggle for women's rights. Read more »

  • Arrived!

    Today at 14.00 the ship of Women on Waves arrived safely into the harbour of Wladyslawowo. Read more »

  • Prosecuter admits: no crime has been committed

    The Ship of Women on Waves arrived safely in the harbour of Wladyslawowo on the 22nd of June at about 14.00 hours. The ship was welcomed by Polish women's organisations and members of Women on Waves who were standing on the docks. Read more »

  • Open letter to prime minister Miller

    This morning during the press conference Wanda Nowicka presented an open letter to the Polish prime minister Miller. Wanda Nowicka is the spokesperson for the 'STER Committee - Women decide' that invited Women on waves to Poland. Read more »

  • Open day at the ship

    The open day at the ship of Women on waves was a success: 174 persons have visited the ship. Read more »

  • Meeting with members of Polish parliament

    On Tuesday 1st of July, Rebecca Gomperts, the initiator of Women on Waves, has been a honorary guest at the meeting of the inter-parliamentary group of women parliamentarians and women's NGO's discussing drafts for changing the current anti-abortion law. Read more »

  • Back to the Netherlands

    After staying in Poland for two weeks, the ship of Women on waves will sail back to the Netherlands today, Friday July 4th at approximately 16.00 hours, from the port of Wladyslawowo. Read more »

  • Support by Dutch Government

    Steunbetuiging D66, PvdA, VVD, SP, GroenLinks Read more »

  • Finally, early abortions possible

    Women on Waves is very pleased that the Dutch Minister of Health, Els Borst, has ascertained unambiguously that its floating womens health clinic can provide the abortion pill for very early abortions on board a Dutch ship. This means that Women on Waves can continue with its activities- albeit… Read more »

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