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Sharp cut against discrimination

Project Promoter: Fundacja Kobiety w chirurgii
Proposal: 2nd thematic call
Co-financed from the program: 22 952,40 EUR
Partners: None
Duration time: 01.11.2022-31.08.2023

The problem addressed by this project is the unequal treatment of women in the health professions and their discrimination in the workplace. According to a 2019 study by the Safe at Work Coalition, people employed in health care are at particular risk for violence in the workplace (as many as 76% of these people have encountered mobbing). On the other hand, our foundation’s ‘We matter’ survey conducted in 2021 showed that only 10% of women working in medical surgical specialties have not faced discrimination in their workplace. 48% of those surveyed expressed the need to receive legal support, and 45% to take action against discrimination and violence in the workplace. The phenomenon of discrimination against women in Polish health care was also studied by the (Being a Young Doctor) portal. This research shows that discrimination against women in the medical community is widespread in Poland, and that most of those surveyed first experienced it during university studies.

As part of the project, we provide legal and psychological consultations for women working in medical surgical specialties who experience discrimination, harassment or mobbing in their workplace. Most of the advice is on how to respond in situations of abuse by a supervisor, employer or employees. We are developing a handbook for women working in health care, preparing a website and a conference.