The Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Policy and the Ministry of Education responded to the joint call of Karat Coalition and the Polish Teachers’ Union (ZNP) to include the female grammatical forms in the names of professions. In our letters to the ministries we stressed that the female gramatical forms would attract women to professions traditionally dominated by men what would be beneficial for women, employers as well as schools.
On 19 October 2017 Karat Coalition and the Polish Teachers’ Union (ZNP) sent the letters to the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Policy and the Ministry of Education calling for including the female grammatical forms in the names of professions. Karat’s research shows that the lack of female forms aggravates stereotypes about occupations “suitable” for women and men.
From 12 September to 15 December 2017 the women migrants have participated in Polish language classes in Warsaw. Two groups of women migrants learn Polish at A2 / B1 level. The advanced language course focuses not only on grammar, but also on vocabulary related to employment and everyday life in Poland. We pay great attention to the issues of cultural differences and women’s rights in Poland and in other countries. The classes take place withing the project “Women’s Empowerment, Integration and Participation”.
14-15th of October 2017 we were in Vienna at a meeting of partner organizations in the project “The Europe we want? Feminist approaches to gender, migration and democracy “(Erasmus +). The participants from Austria, Spain, Belgium, Sweden and Poland (Karat Coalition) shared their experiences in working with organizations and networks of women migrants.