poland to host un expert on violence against women and girls
The UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls, Reem Alsalem, will visit Poland from 27 February to 9 March 2023.
Poland’s international and regional commitments, as well as the legal, institutional and policy frameworks in place to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls, will be reviewed by the UN expert. In addition to ending femicide, domestic violence, trafficking, sexual violence, and exploitation, she will also focus on access to reproductive rights.
In addition, Asalem will examine the systemic causes of gender-based violence in Poland. Adolescent girls, women, and girls from ethnic minorities, women refugees and migrants, women and girls with varying sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as women who are active in the public sphere, such as human rights defenders, politicians, and journalists, will be assessed.
During her visit, the Special Rapporteur will visit Warsaw, Lublin, Krakow and Gdansk and meet with officials from the Government, law enforcement agencies, the UN, the EU, international development agencies, the national human rights institution, and civil society members and women’s rights organizations.
On Thursday 9 March at 12:00 PM, Alsalem will hold a press conference to share preliminary results at the Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel in Warsaw. Only accredited journalists will be able to attend.
During June 2024, the Special Rapporteur will present her report to the Human Rights Council.