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URSZULA NOWAKOWSKA

Trained as a lawyer, a passionate feminist and advocate of women's rights, Urszula is the founder of the  Centre for Women's Rights .

Due to her involvement in social activism, Urszula was exempted from her first position at the Institute of Criminal Issues. In the mid-80s, she became involved in the  Polish Independence movement, advocating emancipation for both Poland as a whole and for Polish women. She later became the co-founder of the Polish Feminist Association (1989). During the early to mid-'90s, she undertook internships at a variety of institutions in the United States, including Congress, the Women's Global Leadership Institute and the Centre for Reproductive Law and Policy. 

Upon returning to Poland in 1994, Urszula founded the Centre for Women's Rights. She was also a co-founder of the European Organization for Women against Violence (WAVE).

Alongside her work with these organisations, Urszula also held a position at Sejm, the Committee for European Integration and Constitutional Committee – her work was pivotal to the inclusion of a number of pro-equality legislative items.

Over the past 20 years, Urszula has participated in numerous national and international conferences, including offering her expertise to the Council of Europe . She has authored and contributed to  numerous articles and publications issued by the CPK, including legal guides for women and papers on issues of gender and violence against women. As the founder of the CPK, she headed several training programs on violence against women and essential skills for professionals.

Urszula's approach has remained a primarily legislative one, aiming always to ensure that women were afforded equal protection and support in law. She was, inter alia, the author of the draft legislation on the prevention of domestic violence and also worked on numerous amendments to the changes in legislation relating to rape crimes.

In 2011, President  Bronislaw Komorowski  awarded Urszula th  Officer's Cross of the Polish Order of Polonia Restituta.

 

Translated by: Rob Anderson

URSZULA NOWAKOWSKA

Trained as a lawyer, a passionate feminist and advocate of women's rights, Urszula is the founder of the  Centre for Women's Rights .

Due to her involvement in social activism, Urszula was exempted from her first position at the Institute of Criminal Issues. In the mid-80s, she became involved in the  Polish Independence movement, advocating emancipation for both Poland as a whole and for Polish women. She later became the co-founder of the Polish Feminist Association (1989). During the early to mid-'90s, she undertook internships at a variety of institutions in the United States, including Congress, the Women's Global Leadership Institute and the Centre for Reproductive Law and Policy. 

Upon returning to Poland in 1994, Urszula founded the Centre for Women's Rights. She was also a co-founder of the European Organization for Women against Violence (WAVE).

Alongside her work with these organisations, Urszula also held a position at Sejm, the Committee for European Integration and Constitutional Committee – her work was pivotal to the inclusion of a number of pro-equality legislative items.

Over the past 20 years, Urszula has participated in numerous national and international conferences, including offering her expertise to the Council of Europe . She has authored and contributed to  numerous articles and publications issued by the CPK, including legal guides for women and papers on issues of gender and violence against women. As the founder of the CPK, she headed several training programs on violence against women and essential skills for professionals.

Urszula's approach has remained a primarily legislative one, aiming always to ensure that women were afforded equal protection and support in law. She was, inter alia, the author of the draft legislation on the prevention of domestic violence and also worked on numerous amendments to the changes in legislation relating to rape crimes.

In 2011, President  Bronislaw Komorowski  awarded Urszula th  Officer's Cross of the Polish Order of Polonia Restituta.

 

Translated by: Rob Anderson