I won’t try to summarize the week behind us. It just would be too much for this late Friday afternoon.
But the headline for this blog is referring to one main recurrent theme: Swedish experiences of family policy meaning i.a. that fathers – more than before - share the responsibility for the children encouraged to do so not least through the “Daddy’s months.” Two non-transferable months of parental leave for fathers.
I was invited to “Kawa czy herbata?” to elaborate on that theme Monday morning together with Aleksandra Niżyńska from ISP. We tocuhed upon it a lot during the seminar with students from SWPS Tuesday. It is an important message in our ongoing “Life puzzle”-exhibition at Krakowskie Przedmieście and it was a key issue discussed at the Conference “(Nie)równość płci - ile to kosztuje?” where our Minister of Gender Equality Maria Arnholm was one of the key-note speakers. Her speech can be found i..a. through the Facebook-site for the Conference: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/493556120693024/?fref=ts but also through the Embassy website: http://www.swedenabroad.com/pl-PL/Embassies/Warsaw/Wiadomoci-i-wydarzenia/Wiadomoci/Przemowienie-Minister-ds-Rownouprawnienia-Marii-Arnholm-sys/
We have been planning this conference for quite a long time so it was a great experience to see how well it worked and how well the discussions focused on the key issues, not least through the Polish Ministers Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz and Irena Wóycicka. Professor Irena Kotowska clearly pointed out both the demographic challenges but she also presented interesting indexes showing what kind of policy packages that seem to work (including contributing to fairly high fertility rates where Sweden scored quite well). And several panelists like Henrik Östberg from Boliden gave inspiring examples from company level showing that gender equality is – yes, smart economics. (I still remember one of them: Female truck drivers meaning lower energy consumption and reduced maintenance costs…).
We had a huge audience already at Hotel Bristol but I was extremely happy to hear that another 1000 people had followed it on Internet. Amazing.
And finally yesterday I was asked to say a few words along the same lines at the happening about these issues organised by the Women’s Congress, Gazeta Wyborcza and ISP. The theme for their campaign is now fairly well known: Take leave, fathers! Weź urlop, ojcze!
Our activities continue for instance with workshops for fathers. Thanks to our partners from the Swedish Institute and ISP we have been able to do quite a lot. Bratumiła Pettersson and Katarzyna Szota have had hectic weeks and have done a fantastic job but now I hope they can have a quiet weekend.
As I hope I will have as well together with our close friends from Sweden that are due to arrive any minute now.