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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  • 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. Lees meer »

  • 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. Lees meer »

  • Women on Waves vaart uit naar Portugal

    Op uitnodiging van de Portugese organisaties Não te Prives, Youth Action for Peace, UMAR en Club Safe vaart het schip van Women on Waves uit naar Portugal, waar het ongeveer twee weken verblijft. Lees meer »

  • 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. Lees meer »

  • 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. Lees meer »

  • 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. Lees meer »

  • Ship cannot dock

    Because of stormy weather no boat is allowed into the harbor of Wladyslawowo. Lees meer »

  • 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 Lees meer »

  • 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. Lees meer »

  • Arrived!

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

  • 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. Lees meer »

  • 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. Lees meer »

  • Open day at the ship

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

  • 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. Lees meer »

  • 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. Lees meer »

  • Support by Dutch Government

    Steunbetuiging D66, PvdA, VVD, SP, GroenLinks Lees meer »

  • 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… Lees meer »

  • No charges pressed

    After an investigation of 4 months, Women on Waves has been cleared of accusations of performing illegal abortions in Poland and of introducing illegal abortion pills into Polish market. The Polish prosecutor's office stated that accusations against the crew had been dismissed because there is no… Lees meer »

  • Court overturns denial for license

    Women on Waves is very pleased with the Court decision on June 4 to overturn the denial of the licence to operate a first trimester abortion clinic by the Dutch Minister of Health in July 2002. Lees meer »

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