The event, organised by the Network of East-West Women took place Warsaw on the 10th December. It was organized as one big, two days event called “War on Gender” with the participation of many distinguished guests including the Minister for Equal Treatment, Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz, the Director of her office Monika Ksieniewicz, Plenipotentiary for Women’s Rights of the Polish Army, Polish representative of the European Network of Police Women, Swedish Ambassador, Head of Criminology Department of Warsaw University and guests from Hungary, Lithuania, Serbia, Romania and Spain and almost all main women NGOs from Poland. The video-clip on Rape was screened and the EWL-CoE joint project presented together with the results of the EWL Barometer on rape. Furthermore, the situation of rape victims at the local level in Poland was presented by Beata Kubica who is a member of the Polish Women’s Lobby and also a member of the city council in Opole.
Together with the Minister for Equal Treatment and the Director of her office the next steps for ratification of the Istanbul Convention we discussed. During the event, the Director of the office of the Minister, announced that she got a phone call from the Council of Ministers office with an information that the Prime Minister expects that the final amendments to five legal acts that need to be changed in order to ratify the convention should be presented by the Minister of Equal Treatment no later than the end of February . The announcement about the planned changes in legislation aiming at the ratification can be found in the Polish press: http://wiadomosci.onet.pl/kraj/kozlowska-rajewicz-rzad-zajmie-sie-wnioskiem-o-ratyfikacje-konwencji-ws-przemocy-w/ylq6n
One of the main outcomes of the event was the petition to ratify the Istanbul Convention as quickly as possible. The petition was already signed by all the participants of the conference. The petition will be sent to all the parliamentarians and to the President of Poland and placed on our websites (neww.org.pl) and in social media.