Event with NGOs in Warsaw

Meeting with NGOs, 27 September 2011, Warsaw

Venue: Cultural Centre ‘Brand New World’, Political Critique, Warsaw


The LiveDifference team organised a seminar for people working with various diversity strands (different faith based, cultural, ethnic, disability and gender based groups) and on issues of equal treatment in Warsaw. These included representatives of Warsaw City Council and members of non-governmental organisations. Emerging results from the survey conducted in Leeds and Warsaw were shared with participants. Special attention was paid to issues of discrimination and how the answers talk to current equal treatment discourses in both countries. While in Leeds 25% of people declared that they have been personally discriminated in last five years, in Warsaw – 13% did so. Representatives of the NGOSs suggested that the low percentage of people that declared having experience of discrimination could be linked to deficiencies in Polish anti-discrimination law as well as the absence of ‘discrimination’ in public discourse in Poland. NGO representatives shared opinions on current discrimination policy issues which will be important for the ‘Living with Difference research programme.



Dominika Sadowska – Diverse Warsaw, Warsaw City Council

Karolina Malczyk-Rokicińska – Representative for Equal Treatment, Warsaw City Council

Anna Fomicz – Centre for Social Dialogue, Warsaw City Council

Marcin Kornak – Never Again Association

Paweł Średziński – Africa Another Way

Piotr Cykowski – The Other Space Foundation

Jan Świerszcz – Campaign Against Homophobia

Krzysztof Zablocki – Lambda Warsaw Association

Katarzyna Kubin – Foundation for Social Equality

Witold Klaus – Organisation for Legal Intervention

Kinga Wysieńska – The Institute for Public Affairs

Anna Czerwinska – Feminioteka

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