The Congress of Women was established in June 2009. It is a social movement, which is comprised of socially and politically involved Polish women. We started our activity with the organization of the 1st Congress of Women. It gathered over four thousand women from all over the country. During our meeting, we discussed the importance of women in the last 20 years of social and political history of Poland.
Currently, the Congress of Women is an initiative that brings together individuals, non-governmental organisations, representatives of business, politics, trade unions, employer organisations, academics, artists, journalists, homemakers, and other people. A movement that brings together women from all over Poland, irrespective of their views, origin, class, profession, and membership in parties, organisations, and background. It does not represent any political party, nor does it associate itself with any specific interests or programmes.
The 1st and the 2nd Congress of Women formulated a number of postulates, including:
By the initiative of the Congress of Women, the civil proposal of the legal act to increase the share of women on electoral lists was created. It implied changes in legal regulations in elections for Polish and European parliament, and local (parish, county, voivodship) governments. We consider the fact that over 150 thousand of supporters have signed the proposal our enormous success. The campaign for collecting the signatures was supported by many organizations, social groups, celebrities, and VIPs, like: Krystyna Janda, Andrzej Wajda, professor Wiktor Osiatyński, Kora Jackowska, Henryk Wujec, Radosław Sikorski, Michał Boni, professor Lena Kolarska-Bobińska, Maciej Płażyński, Tomasz Lis, Dorota Warakomska, Urszula Dudziak, and Zbigniew Hołdys. The legal act that guarantees 35% share of women on electoral lists was signed by the President, Bronisław Komorowski in January, 2011.
More information: Congress of Women - Guide.