The Women Inspiring Europe 2011 Calendar featuresIzabela Jaruga-Nowackain the month of April. This month, in April 2011, will mark the first anniversary of Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka death. It will also be the anniversary of a national tragedy. On April, Poland suffered one of its worst political disasters after President Lech Kacynski and an exclusive government delegation were killed in a plane crash.

Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka was one of only a couple of accompanions to the presidents’s delegation, hand-selected by Lech Karzinsky and his staff. One of the most important and out-spoken politician of the opposition, she had gained the respect of politicians of all colours for her sharp ability to transform her views and beliefs into political actions.