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Polish women, Jewish women – Krakow Emanciphetes. History and modernity for equality and diversity.

This project aims to fight against sexism, xenophobia, antisemitism and other forms of discrimination and increasing gender equality and the rights of both sexes.

This project aims to fight against sexism, xenophobia, antisemitism and other forms of discrimination, and increasing gender equality and the rights of both sexes. Historical achievements of women connected with Krakow, women’s electoral rights, the right to study, right to work, the experience of overcoming restrictive social ideas about gender roles, the common experience of emancipation of women from different communitiesall of these subjects are generally ignored in school textbooks, and guidebooks to Krakow.

The philosophy behind the project is to use historical perspective to gain a better understanding of the present time. We want to introduce audiences to the subject of discrimination based on gender or ethnicity by selecting forgotten emancipated women of Krakow from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, Jewish and Polish, as a starting point for discussions on the present.

We intend to identify the common experiences of Polish women and Jewish women striving for independence and to overcoming ethnic and gender stereotypes, whose activities to promote gender equality took place independently of their cultural and religious differences. Their efforts were forgotten, but will be restored to the collective memory. The project will demonstrate how to enrich the value of intercultural encounters, and actively work to promote gender equality in contemporary society.

The first phase of the project involved a series of educational and informational activities. These were: a series of empowerment workshop designed for women engaged in educational activities, a series of open meetings with invited guests and a series of film screenings, a website containing profiles of emancipated women, a calendar of historical events important to women, an interactive map of Krakow with historical routes for visitors to follow in the footsteps of the forgotten women of Krakow and tours by Krakow Women’s Route– following in the footsteps of prominent Jewish women of Krakow. As part of this project we also published an educational book.

the project was implemented from October 2008 to June 2009

Organized by:

Żydowskie Stowarzyszenie Czulent
Women’s Space Foundation


Jewish Community Centre in Krakow


National Center for Culture of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Ministry of Labor and Social Policy

Financed by:

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway from the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism,
The Budget of the Republic of Poland under the Fund for Non-Governmental Organizations.
The Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture,
Network of East-West Women within Book and Journal Project.

Żydowskie Stowarzyszenie Czulent