„Breaking taboo” in Rzeszów on 14 April 2016

STER Foundation in collaboration with the Association for Women VICTORIA organized a conference “Breaking Taboo – the rights of victims of sexual violence” on 14 April 2016 in Rzeszów. We presented the results of our research on sexual violence against women and of monitoring the efficiency of the new law on rape and rape prosecution.

The conference gathered lawyers, prosecutors, police officers, social workers and representatives of non-governmental organizations. The first part was devoted to analyzing the outcomes of the quantitative and qualitative research on sexual violence against women which was conducted in 2015. Invited experts Marzena Wilk from the Association for Women VICTORIA from Rzeszów, Zofia Nawrocka, an author of a book “Rape. Women’s Voices about Social Taboo”, and Ewelina Seklecka from the Foundation Point of View from Wrocław, an author of a report on gender stereotypes related to sexual violence against women, commented on the results. The second part of the conference was devoted to the efficiency of the new law on rape and rape prosecution. The results of the monitoring conducted by STER Foundation were commented by chief constable Joanna Zbróg from Provincial Police Headquarters in Rzeszów, and dr. Maria Pietras-Eichberger from the Law and Administration Higher School from Rzeszów-Przemyśl.

The conference was organized within the project “Breaking Taboo – the rights of victims of sexual violence” which was implemented in the framework of the program “Citizens for Democracy” supported by the EEA Grants. The conference took place in the Provincial Office of Podkarpackie Province.

The conference program is available here.