Poland’s only feminist magazine goes online

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1 Year impact report

Due to the changing times, the face of our organization transitioned from a paper magazine to so much more: a group that provides a physical and online space for written, spoken, and filmed activism.

Impact for girls & women

We could not estimate the exact number of girls and women affected.

Estimated girls & women affected

Countless

Broader impact

We could not estimate the exact number of community members affected.

Estimated community members affected

Countless

Building a feminist community

Since your support one year ago, feminism faced vicious attacks in Poland by political and religious fundamentalists. The word gender was omitted from all official documents because it was portrayed as being propaganda. The Ministry of Justice refused to sign a law to halt violence against women.

We responded to the tense conditions by building a high quality website for our magazine to promote women’s empowerment through discussion of current events. We’ve built safe spaces for Polish feminists, such as our feminist library and reading room, as well as our online forums. We organized gender education within public spaces, such as conferences, academic classes, events, and online discussions. In conjunction with other women’s organizations, we produced the film “Jugów. Memory and Oblivion,” which included interviews of female witnesses of forced resettlements in Poland. We attended a women’s film festival in Italy where we participated in discussion panels. We are also partnering with a group from Berlin on a project called “Guardians of the Peace” which will be part of a movement to retell the history of our solidarity.

Due to the changing times, the face of our organization transitioned from a paper magazine to so much more: a group that provides a physical and online space for written, spoken, and filmed activism.

Get personal

One of our contributors, Bożena, a Polish-Jewish writer and philosopher, published her contribution to a controversial discussion of the Church’s role. She responded to neoliberal-conservative organizations, who wrote a letter to the pope for his help for Polish feminists - her version satirized the interaction where a request came back from a pope. Her version has inspired discussions in the Polish Internet space and feminist authors finally have a platform where they can be heard.

Risks and challenges

The transition from a paper magazine to an online publication was difficult, because all of our authors previously were used to paper. We faced opposition from political figures who condemned feminism and likened it to communism. It was also challenging to promote gender studies and feminism since the right-wing conservatives painted the word “gender” as part of a terrible agenda.

What we’ve learned

If we re-did the project, we’d spend more money on the technical aspects of the website, in order to make it easier to upload pictures.

Budget

Line Items

Projected budget

Amount spent so far

Online editor in chief

Financial manager

Author stipends

Administration

$6,000

$3,000

$12,000

$1,800

$6,000

$3,000

$12,000

$1,800

More information

http://en.pismozadra.pl/about-zadra

 

90 Day Report

New reporters and new supporters!

posted Nov 8, 2013 by Catapult Intern

Progress

After securing the new phase of Zadra-online weekly magazine, we started preparation preparing for our eto expandsion.

On the 1st of October, with the beginning of the new academical year, we are going to start the new, extended edition of Zadra-online.

During the last 6 weeks we prepared it by:

  1. looking for more constant authors, talking to them, elaborating a common vision of the magazine. Those were both one-on-one meetings and conversations, and a common bigger evening meeting. 10 new constant collaborators decided to join;
  2. the web site was changed, to present every week at least double the number of comments;
  3. we found a firm, which started with positioning of the web site in internet. Those are friends of friends and they promised to make difference in visibility of Zadra-online in the next three months;
  4. we bought a new printer for eFKa's office.

Risks and challenges

eFKa did not report any challenges during the initial period of the grant.

Get personal

eFka did not respond to this question as it was not included in the originally agreed-upon reporting requirements.

Next steps

eFka did not respond to this question as it was not included in the originally agreed-upon reporting requirements.

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Help publish the online version of ZADRA, a feminist magazine in Poland.

Why we care: Poland has some of the most conservative social policies in Europe and women are often discouraged them from organizing and voicing their opinions.

How we’re solving this: The online feminist magazine, ZADRA, provides women with a space to express their values, exchange ideas, and advance their status in Polish society.

Poland joined the EU in 2004 and has been slow to adopt EU laws and policies protecting and advancing equal rights for women. Poland’s Parliament is 77 percent male and remains highly conservative even as women gain leadership roles. Poland’s abortion law is among the most restrictive in Europe and the world. Gender roles remain strongly defined; women are predominantly associated with the home and discouraged from entering the public sphere. In this context, feminist spaces for free expression and discussion are very limited.

The Women’s Foundation eFKa was founded in 1991 to support women’s independence and fight discrimination. The organization publishes the only Feminist magazine in Poland, ZADRA. It is released bi-annually and provides a rare opportunity for women to present their views on current events in Poland and the world. The magazine has a wide circulation and a loyal following among women of all classes and education levels.

This year eFKa has developed an online version of ZADRA, and will release a new issue once a week. Support for this project will enable eFKA to publish one year of ZADRA Weekly online. The online publication will provide more women opportunities to bring attention to their perspectives, learn about women’s rights, and discuss controversial issues, which will contribute to strengthening the women’s rights movement in Poland.

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