Poland Laws and Policies

There is no national law specifically dedicated to gender equality in Poland. The law addressing the issue is the Equal Treatment Act of 2010, which merely includes gender among the forms of discrimination, or the act implementing certain EU provisions on equal treatment. The law specifies areas and methods for counteracting discrimination, names the grounds on which unequal treatment is unlawful – among them gender – and also defines the responsibilities and competences of the Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment, including the obligation to develop and implement the National Action Plan for Equal Treatment 2013–2016. This Action Plan anticipates activities in all areas, including (but not limited to) the further general implementation of anti-discrimination policies. It also established a national advisory body on equal treatment, which has gender equality and women’s rights within its scope. One of the actions set forth by the National Action Plan for Equal Treatment for 2013-2016 was the development and implementation of the regional network of plenipotentiaries of equal treatment, which should coordinate the implementation of the equal treatment principles (including gender mainstreaming issues) at the level of voivodeships.