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A Strong Woman is...
Alyona Dorosh | 2 March 2005


“A strong woman is a woman being independent in her thinking, politically conscientious, considering herself equal and striving for her economical independence.” These words from Malgorzata Tarasiewicz, director of the Network of East-West Women (NEWW-Polska) of Poland may be intended for others but they also apply to herself, although she would be too modest to admit it.


Her political and personal consciousness is reflected in her work. As director of NEWW-Polska, Malgorzata Tarasiewicz gives an international dimension to her work: “Many things have been already achieved all over the world, and now we don’t need to repeat them, but we must join our efforts, exchange experiences and knowledge to improve the situation. By using solidarity and international opinion as a tool for action, together we can achieve a lot, pushing national governments and EU for changes that would be favorable for women!”
Gosia, as she prefers being called, represents one of the best examples of a fighter for women’s rights, as she has been involved in this movement since 1991. She started her career by working within women’s section in the Solidarity Trade Union, but soon was forced to leave that job, as progressive ideas and policy she and other independent women promoted were not supported by the Polish government and church.
Being sure of the political power of women, Gosia became a member of the opposition; she thought that women’s status in the country would turn to best if the general situation in Poland would change – it was the main motivation for her involvement in women’s movement.
Gosia enjoys her work; she sees a lot of national potential to be applied in the international work. The most important challenge is cooperation of women from EU and non-EU countries, collaboration and common understanding.
The biggest dream of her life is equal chances for women, economic empowerment, tolerance, no prejudice, and no exploitation. She is sure that, as women gain more power, this dream will become a reality.





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