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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.


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The report on implementation of the CEDAW Committee’s recommendations for Poland

The report on monitoring how Poland implements the CEDAW Convention was presented at the press conference in May 31st, 2016. The report is a result of a several-months work of the Coalition for CEDAW. The report was written as a part of the project „CEDAW – a tool for combating discrimination”.

The report is available in Polish  „Raport. Wdrażanie zaleceń Komitetu ds. Likwidacji Dyskryminacji Kobiet zawartych w Uwagach końcowych w sprawie połączonego siódmego i ósmego sprawozdania okresowego Polski”


Karat Coalition has just finished a project focused on the girls in vocational education and the women with basic vocational education in the labour market. Within the project we gathered and analysed the statistical data and conducted the group and individual interviews with women. We also carried on the advocacy work addressing the decisionmakers, especially the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy. We raised the awareness on cross-cutting discrimination of women on the grounds of low educational  background, low economic status and gender. One of the results are the reports

„Vocational Schools and the Labour Market for Women with Basic Vocational Education” and „Pay Gap Between Women and Men with Basic Vocational Education”.

You can read the reports HERE


On 24th of June 2015 the non-government organizations grouped in Grupa Zagranica, including KARAT Coalition, issued a position concening the Polish government’s response to a need to help the refugees from a armed conflict countries. The Grupa Zagranica expresses its deep disappointement with and strong opposition to the stance that the Polish government has taken on the issue of rejecting the European Commission’s plan to introduce mandatory quotas for migrants to be taken in by EU member states under the relocation and resettlement programme.

Read the full position „The position of Grupa Zagranica on the Polish government’s position regarding taking in refugees”


In March 2015 KARAT has started a new project „Cross-cutting discrimination. Gender and vocational education”. The project challenges the problems of a limited number of professions a girl might choose  in a school providing a vocational training, a strong tendency among students to choose the professions perceived as traditionally „for women” and „for men”, and the problem of a big pay-gap on a labor market between women and men with a vocational educational background. The goal of the project is to make the decision makers sensitive to discrimination of women with vocational education and push them to introduce policies and programs to combat this discrimination accordingly to the recommendations formulated by the experts.

The project is possible thanks to EEA Grants and the program „Citizens for Democracy”.


On Monday November 3, 2014 during the plenary panel „Act, Advance, Achieve Women’s Rights – Where We Stand in the UN ECE Region”, the repersentative of KARAT Coalition presented the statement „Main challenges and key emerging issues in the implementation of Beijing Platform for Action in Central Eastern Europe and Central Asia”. The statement highlighted three main concerns facing women’s rights in the region: 1) the serious attack of ultraconservative circles and some Churches on the principle of gender equality; 2) the simultaneous weakening of institutional mechanisms for women’s rights and gender equality; 3) the continued presence and reemergence of militarism, nationalism and armed conflict in our region with serious repercussions on women’s human rights. It strongly referred to the current political situation in Ukraine stressing the fact that the voices of women on this crisis are often marginalized from public discussions and reporting.

Read the KARAT’s statement „Main challenges and key emerging issues in the implementation of Beijing Platform for Action in Central Eastern Europe and Central Asia”



The representatives of CEDAW Coalition of Polish NGOs, coordinated by KARAT Coalition, participated in the 59th Session of CEDAW Committee. During the meeting of CEDAW Committee with NGOs the Coalition presented the statement based on the Alternative Report prepared by 13 Polish NGOs working for LGBT and women’s rights. On November 7 the CEDAW Committe issued the Concluding observations on the combined seventh and eighth periodic reports of Poland.


In September 2014 KARAT has launched a new project „CEDAW – a tool to combat discrimination”. The project is based on cooperation of Polish non-governmental organizations for implementing the CEDAW Committee’s Concluding Observations formulated at the 59th committee’s session in October 2014.

The project is implemented in a frame of the program “Citizens for Democracy” funded by EEA Grants.

See the Alternative Report on the implementation of CEDAW Convention, Poland 2014 prepared by Polish informal coalition of NGOs and submitted for the 59th CEDAW Committee’s session.