An impediment to the realization of real women's rights is the frequent presentation of the concept in ideological ways. One of the most promoted directions in contemporary discourse to realize women's rights is the gender perspective. However, as it turns out, this concept raises a number of doubts, which stem from its strongly ideological nature and lack of effectiveness in real improvement of the situation of women in the world. The second in the series of conferences "In Defense of Women's Rights" was devoted to these issues. It was attended by representatives of academia, politics and social organizations from around the world. The event was held on March 8 - Women's Day.
The conference was opened by Karolina Pawlowska - Director of the Ordo Iuris Center for International Law. She highlighted the lack of effectiveness of gendered solutions to violence. She recalled the results of research by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, which proves that the level of domestic violence is highest in countries that have implemented ideological patterns. The gender perspective also does not translate into the percentage of women in leadership positions at work. As Karolina Pawlowska pointed out, the latest EUROStat research clearly shows that the leaders in this regard are Latvia, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary - countries that strongly distance themselves from the gender perspective.
Professor Angela Gandra - Secretary of State at the Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights of Brazil - was the first to speak. In her speech, she stressed the need for efforts to strengthen the relationship between men and women, emphasizing co-responsibility and complementarity in the family. At the same time, she drew attention to the negative effects of the vision of conflict between men and women created by feminist ideology.
In turn, Sharon Slater - president of the US-based organization International Family Watch, highlighted the negative impact of the transgender movement on the development of children and adolescents, especially with regard to young girls. She cited numerous negative examples of the irreparable harm suffered by those who choose to "correct" their gender. She also noted the negative impact the transgender agenda has on marriage and family. Alix Lejard, a representative of Femina Europa, a French NGO working at the European Parliament, also took part in the event. In her speech, she pointed to the doctrinal roots of contemporary promoted concepts of women's equality. In particular, she presented the radical views of Simone de Beauvoir - claiming that motherhood is "the death of women" and Judith Butler - promoting the theory of gender performativity, which have a direct bearing on the narrative currently being pushed regarding women's rights in international forums.
Austrian diplomat Dr. Gabriela Legaspi de Csáky-Pallavicini also spoke. She stressed that the demands of gender ideologues strike at women's identity. She also noted that the protection of women's rights should apply to women at every stage of their development - including the unborn.
The conference was also attended by journalist and writer Brigit Kelle from Germany, who spoke about current disturbing trends hitting women's rights in the politics of our western neighbor. In particular, she focused on new proposals to allow "gender reassignment" for children over the age of 14.
Counselor Neydy Casillas from the US (representative of ADF International) shared her experience in the fight to protect women's rights internationally. She synthetically described how the demands of the radical left got into the official international language - with the help of soft law instruments.
Psychologist Maria Jose Vilaca from Portugal and ethicist and writer Malgorzata Terlikowska also spoke about the value of women's identity and the need to protect it. Malgorzata Terlikowska leaned particularly strongly on the perception of women's diverse roles and vocations in the thought of John Paul II.
- The purpose of the "In Defense of Women's Rights" conference series we have organized is to create a platform for women who care about the true realization of women's rights to exchange ideas. This is especially important today, since the concept of women's rights - like no other - is used for ideological wars. The narrative currently being presented, according to which the way to women's equality would be the so-called gender perspective, turns out to be ineffective, contradictory to the facts and actually strikes at women's identity and well-being," noted Karolina Pawlowska, director of the Ordo Iuris Center for International Law.
A scientific conference "The Phenomenon of Euthanasia. Interdisciplinary Reflections", co-organized by the Ordo Iuris Institute. During the event, the topic was analyzed from the perspective of medicine, law, sociology, philosophy or theology. Speakers presented, among other things, the legal status related to euthanasia in Poland and other European countries. They pointed out the problems raised by the spread of this procedure. Participants also drew attention to the most important measures to counteract the restriction of the right to life.
Collegium Intermarium has started its academic year. The inauguration ceremony took the form of an international conference attended by scholars, politicians and commentators from the US, France, Hungary, Croatia and Poland, among other countries. The guests included French politician Marion Maréchal, New York Post columnist Sohrab Ahmari, Prof. Adrian Vermuele from Harvard University, and former Speaker of the Sejm Dr Józef Zych. The conference is titled “Collegium Intermarium: a space for truth in the era of cancel culture”.
Representatives of state authorities, outstanding academics and journalists from Poland and abroad take part in the conference inaugurating the establishment of Collegium Intermarium. The goal of the new university is to create a platform of co-operation between academics from the Intermarium region. Its flagship field of specialisation is law, but it also offers a rich programme of postgraduate study courses.
There is currently a wide-ranging discussion on the concept of women's rights. The Ordo Iuris Institute organized the first in a series of debates on this issue. Two panels were devoted to presenting the political and doctrinal context of the issue of women's rights and women's right to health. The main premise of the conference was to address the issue of women's rights in an ideology-free manner.
The values which form the basis for law have a profound impact on modern Europe. This was the topic of the House on the Rock “Axiology of Law for the Europe of Tomorrow” Conference, which saw many prominent researchers engage in discussion in Rome. The event was organised by the Ordo Iuris Institute and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention of the Rights of the Child by Poland.