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Domestic violence in Poland

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What are your reflections from the panel discussion? What is the role of community organizations in promoting gender equality in Poland?

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The lecture on domestic violence was very interesting and additionally supported with the opinion of the experts. I think that domestic violence by many people is perceived as something that is a part of everyday life and in most of cases domestic violence is being neglected.

During the panel discussion it was stated that 95% of domestic violence cases is due to male violence. This statistics show how big gender inequality exists between males and females. 

It was also important to notice that domestic violence does not refer only to physical violence. There are other kinds of abuse as well, for example sexual harrasment, toxic relationships, emotional abuse, threats.

In Poland there are some organizations that promote gender equality. There has been a campaign launched against gender unequality in workplaces, and the main slogan of it was "Equality at work pays off". The campaign's main concerns were: fighting with sexual harrasment, Poor awareness concerning gender stereotypes, Weak commitment to ensuring the equal treatment of women and men in the workplace, inadequate knowledge of equal opportunity policies and other business tools that can promote gender equality in commercial organizations, and finally unequal salaries among genders. 

One of the steps was that  employers were provided with educational materials on 'How to Manage an Equal Opportunity Company', consisting of a training model and a good practices guidebook. These materials, and associated training activities, helped employers and managers to recognize gender discrimination in their workplace, and to introduce equal-opportunity policies.

The results of the campaign were more than satisfactory. It gave gender equality greater visibility in business and human resource management. Moreover, the campaign has been repeating each year for the last year, and each year more and more companies decide to join the campaign. Also the position of females at work  started to change - more and more job positions  are taken by females.


The panel touched upon important issues on the topic of domestic violence and enlightened the viewer to how common domestic violence is and how often it is often ignored or relegated to the domain of "everyday life". I think a common misconception, as was mentioned by the panel, is regarding domestic violence as only physical abuse. Emotional or Verbal abuse is just as common in the household. More importantly, such abuse is often overlooked or dismissed as not as serious as physical abuse.

In Poland, while there are efforts being made to educate and combat domestic violence, I feel that taking on the problem here is a large task. Without a doubt progress is being made, but acceptance of domestic violence has been ingrained in the Polish psyche. Gender roles, at least traditionally, were very strong and in my opinion the woman always had the hardest role to fill in the polish family. The stoic and persevering image of the "Polish Mother"(Matka Polka) looms over the head of many women in Poland, especially those that live in more conservative areas of Poland like the countryside and smaller cities. In Warsaw, however, "modern" ways of thinking and living are easily apparent and if this city is an example of the direction that the rest of Poland is going, then I feel there is reason to be optimistic. Now we just need the rest of Poland to build community support that does not tolerate and ignore the problem of gender inequality.


As I have already mentioned in my comment for this week  this week lecture was quite difficult to read. It was emotionally difficult to read about domestic violence. Statements of the victims are brutal and hard to understand and injustice.

 

Problem of the domestic violence is hard, because victims want to protect the butcher. They're emotionally addicted. Often they do not want to leave because of the kids or money. It is normal that they hide evidences of the crime. Next problem why is so hard to talk about in Poland about domestic violence is that our community don't want to brake into a problems between their neighbors. They prefer to do nothing even when they can see some signs of something wrong.

 

Whet is the role of the campaign? I think it is important to educate people about this problem. How often it does it happen? What are the signs of it? Where we should find a professional help? How can we help victims? What we should put attention on? etc

 


The panel was very eye-opening, and it discussed many  important issues about domestic violence. Unfortuantely, the problem is ignored on a regular basis. 

Like I wrote in my comment, the report on Poland's domestic abuse was a very difficult read. It literalyl made me stick to my stomach to read about some of the specific cases. 

I agree with Robert, that emotional and psychological abuse is often ignored, and I wish the report had touched on these issues as well. 

 In Poland, I wish the church would get more involved in campaigning for women's rights. I know that although religion is becoming less prominent nowadays, this is still a highly religious country and many people look up to church officials. 

Furthermore, I have to say that I havent seen any campaigns for women;s rights so far. I've lived here for 2 years now and have not seen anything about the issue thus far. Even something as simple as billboards on teh streets would be of big help, so far I've only seen billboards with models posing in their underwear.....

 


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