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KARAT Coalition unites over 63 organisations from 25 countries focused on women’s human rights, and gender justice in the Region of Central & Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

We work on national and international levels advocating for policy change, as well as undertaking vital awareness raising in public forums.


CEDAW Committee takes into consideration the List of Issues & Questions proposed by CEDAW Coalition of Polish NGOs

On March 3, 2014 the representatives of the CEDAW Coalition of Polish NGOs coordinated by Karat Coalition took part in the Pre-Session Working Group of CEDAW Committee in Geneva. During the Pre-Session the Committee developed the List of Issues & Questions for 8 States parties, including Poland.

 CEDAW Coalition of Polish NGOs presented an oral statement The statement focused on the most burning issues concerning the implementation of CEDAW Convention in Poland such as the principle of non-discrimination and equality, gender stereotypes, violence against women and education, sexual and reproductive health and rights as well as the situation of vulnerable groups of women.

 The members of CEDAW Committee, who attended the Pre-Sessional Working Group, asked the representatives several questions concerning the status of ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence in Poland, the national machinery and its capability to implement gender equality, and the Government’s actions towards increasing the women’s participation on the boards of publicly listed companies. The Committee was also interested in the issue of women’s exploitation in prostitution in Poland.

 KARAT on behalf of CEDAW Coalition of Polish NGOs submitted to the CEDAW Committee the proposed List of Issues & Questions along with the draft of the alternative report. The list was taken into account by the Committee and many of the issues raised by CEDAW Coalition of Polish NGOs can be found in the official CEDAW Committee’s List of Issues & Questions sent to the Polish government.

 The review of the Polish Government’s report is scheduled for the 59th Session planned in October 2014, for which the CEDAW Coalition of Polish NGOs will submit the final version of the alternative report.

 Read the CEDAW Committee’s List of Issues & Questions in relation to the combined seventh and eighth periodic reports of Poland.