5th Congress of Women
The 5th Jubilee Congress of Women took place on 14th and 15th June 2013 and followed the motto Partnership, Diversity, Solidarity. It was attended by 8,500 people from all over Poland and the world. It was organised in cooperation with a group of 200 volunteers, and was reported by over 400 media representatives who attended it. The meeting was also impressive in terms of its programme, as it was composed of 5 plenary sessions, which took place in the Main Congress Room, 25 parallel sessions, 2 Round Tables, and 7 workshops. The themes discussed ranged from women in sports and uniformed services, via women in the labour market, media and business, to different types of feminism and feminism in the Church.
The Congress was traditionally concluded with a speech by Prime Minister Donald Tusk who presented the actions of the government that had been undertaken since the previous Congress. They were his reaction to the demands of the Shadow Cabinet: ratification of the Convention to Prevent Domestic Violence and Violence against Women; ex officio prosecution of rape; amendment of the “nursery law”; IVF refund programme; 30% quotas in companies owned solely by State Treasury; efforts aimed at liquidation of gender discrimination in course books; reduction of the salary gap between men and women; programmes in support of quick labour activation undertaken as a consequence of incrising the retirement age, to name a few.
Special guests: President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski with the First Lady, Prime Minister Donald Tusk, Mayor of Warsaw Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Marshal of Sejm Wanda Nowicka, Saudi Arabian Princess Ameera Bint Aidan Bin Nayef Al-Taweel, and representatives of 31 countries.
The Congress of Women presented its award to Professor Małgorzata Fuszara. The speech in her praise was delivered by Barbara Labuda.
For the second time, a man has also been awarded: Staffan Herrström, Ambassador of Sweden to Poland was presented the Diversity Award by the Government’s Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz. In her speech, Kozłowska-Rajewicz spoke of Herrström’s commitment to the fight for father’s rights in Poland: “he is the man who penetrates through the walls of various offices, and does it with incredible grace and charm. Nature granted him with many talents, which let him fight for human rights with astonishing engagement and attention to detail.”