By Mariusz Czepczyński and Małgorzata Tarasiewicz. "Broad spectrum of post-socialist social and political transformations includes deep changes of gender politics and practices. Despite of formal and legal communist equal rights rule, the everyday practice before 1989 proved profound gender discrimination and stratifications. Since the beginning of 1990s women have started the long lasted political and social emancipation process, especially difficult in traditional, rural, conservative and male-dominated society of Poland."
The Commission has today referred Poland to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for non-transposition of EU rules prohibiting gender discrimination in access to and supply of goods and services (Directive 2004/113/EC). Poland has not yet adopted the necessary measures to give effect to the legislation in national law, despite a 'Reasoned Opinion' (second stage warning) sent by the Commission in 2008 (see IP/08/1014).
Lambda Cracow is organizing a guided tour in the museum of the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau to commemorate the extermination of lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons during World War II.
On the 12th of March 2009, in the run-up to the European Parliament elections a national conference took place in the Sejm (Lower Chamber of the Polish Parliament) during which a resolution was adopted concerning the equal status of women and men. The conference was attended by 150 participants from all over Poland. It was organized by the Polish Women's Lobby.
Women, men, entire families joined the street marches for the tenth year running to celebrate the 8of March and to draw attention to women's issues.
The financial crisis, that has spread across all global markets, does not remain without an impact on Poland. Article by Mariusz Czepczynski, PhD. Gdansk Univeristy.
Polish feminists are marking the International Women’s Day with street marches in Warsaw and other big cities. In Warsaw – the demonstrators chose a motto suggesting that successive governments have been offering women empty words and promises they did not intend to fulfill.
On the Internet website of the Sejm (the Lower Chamber of the Polish parliament) a report was posted that discusses the implementation of the Family Planning Act for the year 2007.
(Publication no 1607 of 13 January 2009: orka.sejm.gov.pl)
In climate change negotiations in Poznań, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations and Heinrich Böll Foundation North America made the first global effort to ensure that climate change funds target women and men equitably.
Women’s pro-choice organizations have demonstrated in front of the Parliament building in Warsaw protesting against in-vitro legislation now being drafted in Poland. The picketers said the law protects embryos rather than women.
The "Independent media 9" program of the Polish-Czech-Slovak Solidarity Foundation is addressed to journalists and editors from newspapers and magazines, radio and television stations, internet portals and information agencies in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. The program is financed by the National Endowment for Democracy (USA).
November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and also marks the beginning of the UN-sponsored “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence.” U.S. Embassy Warsaw is actively participating in the “16 Days of Activism” by raising awareness of the problem through a series of profiles of individuals and institutions actively working against gender-based violence in Poland.
At the launch of the holiday campaign Come back without HIV National AIDS Center reported a twofold rise in HIV testing since 2006. This is good news that shows a remarkable growth of awareness in the Polish society. Nevertheless, it also tells that Poles, especially young people, engage in risky sexual behaviours that urge them to undergo testing.
The case of a girl named Agata who is legally entitled to undergo a termination of pregnancy which results from a criminal offence started a heated debate in Poland. Agata was raped by her school mate, got pregnant and was seeking abortion in her hometown – Lublin. The hospital refused to perform the service and thus Agata’s mother contacted the Federation for Women and Family Planning to assist her in finding a facility where termination could be performed legally and safely.