What is The Congress of Women Association?
The Congress of Women Association, established in 2009, is the largest social
movement in Poland. As a non-governmental organization, it operates at the national
as well as local levels with 35 regional representatives.
Its mission is to ensure equal rights and opportunities for women and men in
the political, social and economic spheres. One of its biggest successes was to
prepare a citizen’s bill on parity in political elections which was adopted by Parliament
in 2011. It adopted a policy of a minimum share of 35% of women candidates. The
association has proven its capacity to initiate, coordinate and implement projects, run
trainings, programs and organize meetings, seminars and conferences.
Every year the association organizes the Congress of Women with over 20
thematic centers, gathering around 4000- 5000 participants from all regions in Poland
and from other countries. The aim of these meetings is to raise awareness, exchange
information and best experiences regarding women’s activism and problems in
Poland. They build mutual support, deepen relationships, and have a program-
1. We demand legal guarantees to end the pay gap. The financial independence
of women is the best guarantee of self-determination; equal pay for equal work
is not a privilege, it is our right!
2. We expect real and effective actions to counteract the increasing problem of
an en masse departure of women from the labour market. We also demand a
responsible social policy which will empower women instead of incapacitating
3. We demand the immediate implementation of effective steps to counteract
climate change and improve air quality in Poland.
4. We demand the introduction of the zipper system on electoral lists.
5. We demand the introduction of proportional election principles in all elections.
Single-mandate district systems practically eliminate women.
6. In accordance with the EU directive, we demand the introduction of 40%
quotas for women within management boards, supervisory boards of state and
7. We demand equal rights and opportunities for excluded and discriminated
groups, including LGBTQIA people. We demand the legal recognition of civil
8. We demand the respectful treatment as well as economic, educational and
existential support for people with disabilities.
9. We demand the recognition of the rights of representatives of national
minorities, women migrants and refugees.
10. We demand the equal treatment of girls and boys in education, the elimination
of stereotypes and all forms of discrimination in schools. We demand that
environmental education, which would shape an ethical attitude towards the
environment, be introduced as part of the general curriculum.
11. We demand the protection and strengthening of democratic institutions,
independent courts, media, and public administration.