Other reports

The report “Harassment at Polish public universities” (PDF in Polish) was issued in 2019 by the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights. The author of the report – Julia Gerlich – analyzes the problem of harassment and sexual harassment at Polish universities and discusses the existing (or lack thereof) anti-discrimination mechanisms. According to the report, only 14 out of 93 universities have introduced bodies whose task is to counteract discrimination. The author also presents good practices and recommendations for universities.


The 2018 report “The experience of sexual abuse among female and male students” (PDF in Polish) was prepared on the basis of research commissioned by the  Commisioner for Human Rights. The aim of the study was to characterize the problems of harassment, sexual harassment and sexual violence. It examined the scale of the abuse, the consequences for people experiencing harassment, sexual harassment and sexual violence as well as factors contributing to reporting such events, and also differences in the perception of such events by women and men. The results of the study indicate that the problem of sexual harassment and violence affects women much more often than men. Among universities in Poland, it is most often found at technical universities. Other significant factors influencing the appearance of these phenomena in an organization are power and hierarchy.


The subject of the report “Women in Polish Political Science. From diagnosis to cooperation” (PDF in Polish) from 2018 is a description and diagnosis of the situation of women who are political scientists employed at Polish public universities. The report is the result of research conducted among female political scientists in the period from January 2017 to January 2018. The report covers such issues as: the influence of gender on access to power at universities and progress in a scientific career, understanding of scientific development by political scientists, problems and barriers with which women meet at Polish universities and how to overcome them.


Publication “Poor chances for promotions? Report on the study on the presence of women at art academies in Poland” (PDF in Polish) is the result of research carried out at art academies in Poland. Its  purpose  was to answer the question why so few women work at art academies and what factors make gender and generational exchange take place. at art academies with a particular delay. As the authors of the report write, the starting point for conducting the research is the existence of a discrepancy between art academies as places of study, which are very feminized (77% of female students in 2013), and at the same time very masculine as workplaces (35% of female employees in 2013).