Ms. Wanda Nowicka

President of the Polish Federation of Women, Member of Women’s Congress Advisory Council

Wanda Nowicka is a Polish activist in the field of women’s rights and health, especially sexual and reproductive rights since the beginning of 90’s. During 2011-2015, Nowicka served as an elected Member of the Polish Parliament (Sejm) and its Deputy Speaker

She is a co-founding member of the Polish Federation for Women and Family Planning – pro-choice Polish NGO advocating for reproductive rights and was its President till September 2011. Currently she is Honorary President of the Federation. Nowicka is also a founding member of ASTRA – Central and Eastern European Women’s Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.

Since 2012, Nowicka has been a member of the High-Level Task Force for the UN International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), co-chaired by former Presidents Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique and Tarja Halonen of Finland. During the 1996-2002 she served as a member of the Gender Advisory Panel of WHO’s Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction Programme. Wanda Nowicka is the author of many articles and papers on women’s rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights published in Poland and internationally (inter alia in Reproductive Health Matters). She contributed to SexPolitics the Reports from the Front Lines (e-book), Struggle for Reproductive Rights in Poland).

In 2008, Nowicka was awarded the University-in-Exile Award by the New School – the University in New York in recognition of her engagement in the struggle for women’s rights, both in Poland and in international arena.

Nowicka has a Master’s Degree in classics and postgraduate studies on medical law and ethics.

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