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KARAT Coalition unites over 63 organisations from 25 countries focused on women’s human rights, and gender justice in the Region of Central & Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

We work on national and international levels advocating for policy change, as well as undertaking vital awareness raising in public forums.


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Karat Coalitions has continued its interest in the issue of traditional career choices of girls and women. The research on a situation of girls attending the basic vocational schools and the consequences of their educational choices for their economic situation later in life was conducted in 2015. The research  showed that the vocational schools as well as the labor market are highly gender segregated. These have negative consequences on economic situation of women and might significantly influence the economic growth of the country.

The results of the research have been published in two reports „Vocational schools and the labour market for women with basic vocational education. Report from a study conducted in 2015″,  and „Pay gap between women and men with basic vocational education. An analysis of the statistical data concerning the labour market, pay disparities and the opinions of the female respondents in 2015″.

In 2017 there was an international initiative to analyze the consequences of gender horizonal segregation of the labor market in 4 Vishegrad countries: Poland, Czech, Slovakia and Hungary. The results of the Polish research are presented in the report „Segregacja pozioma kobiet i mężczyzn na rynku pracy. Przedstawienie zjawiska na podstawie danych statystycznych i badań Stowarzyszenia Koalicja Karat”.

The initiative has been finalized with the international Policy Paper aimed at the decision-makers of the four contries. You can read the Policy Paper here V4_policy_paper final_EN

May 2017


The alternative follow-up information of the CEDAW Coalition of Polish NGOs has been already published on the website of the CEDAW Committe. The information presents the steps taken to implement the recomendations indicated in Concluding Observations on the 7th and 8th periodic reports of Poland. The Concluding Obeservations were issued for Poland in November 2014.  The follow-up information was sent to the Committee by Karat Coalition on behalf of the CEDAW Coalition of Polish NGOs.  The Polish government was obliged to submit the information on implementation of the specific recomendations in November last year. It has not submitted it so far.

May 2017


In March 2017 Karat Coalition launched a new project „Women’s Empowerment, Integration and Participation” in cooperation with the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (Great Britain ),  Red Acoge (Spain) and Differenza Donna (Italy). The project is aimed at improving the social and professional situation of women migrants and refugees in four countries. The project takes into consideration frequently overlooked or ignored fact that gender often becomes important, apart from being a foreigner,  ground for discrimination of women migrants and refugees. The project is co-financed by the „Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of EU”.

March 2017


The report on monitoring how Poland implements the CEDAW Convention was presented at the press conference in May 31st, 2016. The report is a result of a several-months work of the CEDAW Coalition of Polish NGOs. The report was written as a part of the project „CEDAW – a tool for combating discrimination”.

The report is available in Polish  „Raport. Wdrażanie zaleceń Komitetu ds. Likwidacji Dyskryminacji Kobiet zawartych w Uwagach końcowych w sprawie połączonego siódmego i ósmego sprawozdania okresowego Polski”

June 2016