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Frelki-Obywatelki – supporting women in the Silesian Voivodeship

Project Promoter: Fundacja Rzecz Społeczna
Proposal: 1st thematic call
Co-financed from the program: 114 901,10 EUR
Fundacja Instytut Spraw Publicznych (Poland)
Phronesis SA (Norway)
Duration time: 01.10.2021-30.09.2021

The aim of the project is to increase the civic activity of women from the Silesia Region by using the method of Community Organising and civic education. We want to enable women to participate in decision-making processes, show their engagement in local issues, and provide them with organisational, psychological and substantive support. Our experience shows that the method of Community Organising is effective in such activities. It helps create a welcoming, equitable environment for the community. It works on a long-term basis, supporting the formation and functioning of grassroots groups and community organisations. Our experience also shows that a big barrier to cooperation are world-view and political differences as well as a progressive social polarisation. That is why in our activities we focus on important topics concerning the public sphere, which bring people together despite the differences that divide them in other areas. The project consists of two parts. In the first one, we will use the method of Community Organising to organise groups of women in two cities of the Silesia Region, and in the second one we will provide those gropus with educational and advisory support. As part of the project, we will also conduct comprehensive research on public, social and political activity of women from the region. We want to find out in which areas the women are engaged, what are the goals of their engagement as well as its systemic and local conditions, including barriers that hinder women’s activity and the needs for support in this respect. We are implementing the project in partnership with the Institute of Public Affairs, which is responsible for conducting qualitative research, and Phronesis SA (Norway), which supports the organisation of meetings in local communities and work in the form of dialogue.