Gender Democracy

Embodying an image of history


As part of the herstoric celebrations of the centenary of Polish independence aiming primarily to restore the remembrance of native suffragettes who fought in the Polish independence movement at the turn of the 20th century for the establishment of full legal and social equality between men and women, hundreds of cultural, educational and political events are currently taking place across the country. One of them is HERSTORIADA, a series of Congress Meetings with Herstory in the form of a touring herstoric academy by the Women's Congress. 

By Gert Röhrborn

Polish Feminism. Memory and Dreams of a Free and Just Poland


This year is exceptional for Poland when it comes to celebrating historical memory. Multiple anniversaries awaiting us in 2018 provide ample opportunity to reflect on the contemporary meanings of all those diverse, laudable and difficult events from the modern history of Poland, that is, the centenary of end of World War I and the regaining of the Polish state’s independence in 1918, the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and fiftieth anniversary of the communist regime’s antisemitic campaign against the student revolt of 1968.

By Gert Röhrborn

Women’s View On Ecology


On the weekend of June 16th–17th 2018 in the city of Łódź, the 10th Women’s Congress took place under the main slogan “We Want It All – our Life and our Rights!”. For many years now, the Heinrich Böll Foundation has been one of the Congress’ main partners, so we couldn’t miss out on this one as well. This time, we were keen to offer a discussion that would combine the question of women rights and ecological issues.

By Agata Majos

Polish-German perspectives on implementing equality and diversity on the local level


As the examples of Poland and Germany show, European efforts to support progress in the field of gender equality policies should rather not overtly emphasize existing differences, but help to find ways to supplement each other. Whereas the look through the – often judgemental – prism of differences is often reproducing detrimental stereotypes, the search for possibilities of cooperation, exchange of best practices and mutual inspiration has the potential to create an upward dynamic on all sides.  

By Gert Röhrborn

Transforming our world. A gender perspective.


Implementing sustainable development is partially the art of overcoming false juxtapositions. It would be a gross mistake to approach (and discard) challenges related to saving our planet and creating just societies with equal rights for all in the Brechtian perspective of “Food is the first thing, morals follow on”.

By Gert Röhrborn


The Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, in collaboration with the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Warsaw and as part of qualitative pilot studies on cyber-violence from the female perspective, has decided to encourage preventive action.

By Zuzanna Warso, Gert Röhrborn

Anti-abortion laws vs. women's rights - legal opinion

The Polish Sejm definitively rejected the citizen’s bill that would have introduced a total ban on abortion in Poland. Document introduced by the “Stop Abortion” coalition unleashed unprecedented women's demonstrations across Poland and abroad. Prof. Monika Płatek has prepared a legal opinion on the proposed law facilitating an understanding of the scale of the social protests.

By Prof. Monika Płatek


European Union & Gender

On 1 May, 2014 Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia celebrated  the 10th anniversary of their accession to the European Union. Despite severe changes within the EU and multiple crises the majority of Poles, Czechs and Slovaks positively assess the European integration. Therefore, our office launched a project aimed at assessing 10 years of the Polish, Czech and Slovakian membership in the EU from a gender perspective. Gender experts from each country have explored to what extent hopes and expectations related to the European integration have been met and how the EU accession influenced the situation of women and men, as well as what contribution have  female MEPs from Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia made in years 2004-2014.


Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Women’s bodies have regularly been – and still are – the central target of conservative and fundamentalist ideology and praxis. This essay provides analytical background information for critical and controversial debates and motivation to explore political intervention.

Overcoming Gender Backlash

We are honoured to present conference materials of the Second International Gender Workshop "Overcoming Gender Backlash: Experiences of Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Poland" organized and hosted by the Kyiv office in October 2013. In this publication you shall find analyses focused on gender education, LGBT issues, as well as sexual and reproductive health and rights of women in the respective countries.

Gender Democracy

The issues addressed by feminist movements are all political. Reproductive and sexual rights, violence against women, including sexual violence, sexism in media and advertisements, gender stereotypes, unpaid female work, trafficking of women, herstory – these are some of the topics and issues that appeared in public debate after 1989 thanks to feminists. Our analyses and publications, conferences and debates, develop and strengthen feminist discourse in Central and Eastern Europe.



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