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Women on the Political Scene in Poland - Women's Party

23 Feb 2007 /  #1
Back in November 2006 Manuela Gretkowska, a bold voice in Polish contemporary literature, gave vent to her anger and frustration connected with the way Polish politicians treat women and interfere with their personal life in her cyclical column in Przekr√≥j magazine. Apparently not only Gretkowska found it irritating. Her appeal met with a lively response from Polish women and led to the establishment of The Polish Women’s Party. On the 11 January 2007, a District Court in Warsaw announced a decision about entering the party into the record of the Polish political parties. Will, however, this enthusiastic and successful beginning lead to any real changes in the way the interests of Polish women are represented on the men dominated political scene?

For those uninitiated into the secrets of life of a Polish woman and the reality she lives in, a few words of explanation. When it comes to the equality of sexes Poland is not exactly a dreamland. First of all Polish women are still greatly discriminated against on the professional field. It is not uncommon to pay women less than men for the same kind of job. Consequently, women receive smaller pensions. Discriminated at work they are still expected to connect professional and family life without being offered any real help from the government. Single mothers do not receive the help they need and very often mothers are forced to stay with their abusive partners in order to protect their children from poverty. Last but not least, Polish government plans on introducing even more restrictions into the already strict antiabortion act and this, taking into consideration all the aspects mentioned, enrages Polish women. They believe politicians have no right to decide for them about such personal things especially when they do nothing to change their position in the society and do not offer any alternatives.

Gretkowska managed to recognize and voice things that matter to Polish women and that are not properly addressed by the Polish government. The number of responses to her appeal suggests that women do actually feel the need to fight for their rights. The main goal would be to introduce the party to the parliament and finally give women a chance to represent their own interests. Ideally Polish women would follow the example of their Swedish precursors who managed to equal the number of men in their parliament. It seems the majority of Polish ladies have had enough of our ruling class and does not agree to men deciding about and influencing the most private aspects of their life. I believe it would be a nice change to see women talking about their own needs. Whether this movement has a chance of succeeding we will find out during the next elections. Let’s hope more and more women will believe in their right and ability to decide for themselves.

28 Feb 2007 /  #2
A very intresting read, from what I know about Polish Politics, women's views are quite far down the line and in general disregarded, I wish Polish women luck with the challenges ahead.

Working Woman  
6 Mar 2007 /  #3
Kudos to Manuela Gretkowska and all Polish women who have decided to join The Polish Women Party so far.

From what I remember and observe from abroad it's truly depressing how women are discriminated against in Poland - at least as it comes to politics and professional field. And they don't even seem aware of that. They've been brain washed since childhood and keep silent.

I think religion plays a big part in that kind of upbringing. Evil Eva and St Mary (carying mother who didn't even make it to the Trinity) are the most "recognized" women in Bible. There could be tons said about that. Anyway, the majority of Poles are catholics, go to church every Sunday and women are told to obey their husbands etc..

It's all so obvious and frustrating, yet somehow it continues for ages - not only in Poland..

So... THERE IS JOB TO BE DONE! So lets finally get to it and kick their asses, right?
porta 18 | 297  
20 Sep 2007 /  #4
Merged: Partia Kobiet [Polish Party of Women]

They are gone take they're clothes of to gain votes? Is that good or bad politics?

What i feel is that i would take a nice look at they're program(at least the pictures) ,but no way would i vote for anyone using these trick instead of showing a valid political point.
plk123 8 | 4,148  
20 Sep 2007 /  #5
hell yeah, they'd get my vote solely for being creative.. we need something like that in the oh so stale politics of today. :D
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,161  
20 Sep 2007 /  #6
Is that good or bad politics?

That's not politics at all. Just some women with low self-esteem.
plk123 8 | 4,148  
20 Sep 2007 /  #7
or maybe the other way around.. most women that have low self asteem tend to hide behind layers upon layers of clothes.. not the other way around.
13 Oct 2007 /  #8
Topic attached on merging:

here is a link for the Women's Party in Poland established at the beginning of 2007 by Manuela Gretkowska - Polish writer. Unfortuunately the link is only in Polish, so I apologize to those who are interested and cannot read it.

If you are abroad, you can still vote. Click on:wybory 2007:)
Polson 5 | 1,770  
13 Oct 2007 /  #9
I think it's great that Women have their own party. We know that they will never get many votes on them, but that doesn't matter. They show that women are free, many women in the world would like to have this kind of party, but they are treated like sh*t in their country so...

Go Partia Kobiet ! ;) LoL
14 Oct 2007 /  #10
I think that this should be quite offensive to open minded woman in general that some of group claim to represent them all despite that they have different views. Such feminist party suggest that all woman are the same. Anyway this is not a political topic rather some curiosity.
Goko - | 3  
17 Oct 2007 /  #11
Feminism + Erotism : Partia Kobiet :) If they gonna lose voting, they can work on porn business as i saw they all have potential for do it.. Women must be in goverment of course but NOT LIKE THAT !!! No matter what happened, this reaction never worked, will never work..Just they are satifisfy theirselves with showing their body in front of their idea..If ur womanity passing your idea, u just lose, they belong to lose..And its dangerous to seperate peoples like woman-man, the end of this way u start to seperate your country and your future..Feminist wave growing in everywhere, open minded some stupid women using this, lets wait and see results...
17 Oct 2007 /  #12
Sounds to me more like they are a set-back to feminism.
Bartolome 2 | 1,085  
17 Oct 2007 /  #13
Well, feminism in Poland has never had a good press.
17 Oct 2007 /  #14
lol has it anywhere? I don't like feminism.
osiol 55 | 3,922  
17 Oct 2007 /  #15
They are gone take they're clothes of to gain votes?

Thankfully, Thatcher never tried this trick.
Or possibly, she should have, then she'd never have been.
17 Oct 2007 /  #16
but whilst she might not have been PM - the nation would all be blinded...
z_darius 14 | 3,968  
18 Oct 2007 /  #17
They are gone take they're clothes of to gain votes? Is that good or bad politics?
What i feel is that i would take a nice look at they're program(at least the pictures) ,but no way would i vote for anyone using these trick instead of showing a valid political point.

This is nothing new, and politicians have been doing much worse for centuries. IMO, bending over for big corporations and pimping entire countries the the big corporate interests is worse than showing boobies and such

I'd be glad to join the Polish Party of Women ;-)

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