UNESCO Education UIL

Centre for the Advancement of Women, Poland

The Centre, established in 1991 and registered as an independent non–profit foundation since 1993, concentrates on women and work in Poland. It provides back–up facilities and courses for unemployed women and supports professional development of women in business. The Centre’s Information and Documentation Unit provides information on women’s organizations and initiatives, publishes a directory and bulletins and has set up a newspaper clippings database.

Areas of Specialization:

Further training, Gender issues, Vocational education

User Profile:

Unemployed women; women in business; women’s organizations; women’s movements; students; researchers; journalists; foreign diplomats

Contact Information


ul. Lwowska 17 m 3
PL-00-660 Warszawa

(+48–22) 6299 257
(+48–22) 6224 621
Contact person:
Maria Anna Knothe
Daria Sowinska-Milewska

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
Maria Anna Knothe
Information staff:
Countries Served:
Poland, Worldwide
Working Languages:
English, Polish


Books and Documents:

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

Delivery of information through database of newspaper clippings (over 2,000 headlines from 100 newspapers and magazines) and through database on women in business in Poland

Publications Produced

Bulletins on women’s activities in Poland; Directory of Women’s Organizations and Initiatives in Poland (published in English/Polish every two years)

Special Activities

Acting as an employment agency; providing an "open door" programme, allowing every day free access to the Foundation’s facilities such as newspapers, tel/fax, copy machine, computer, typewriter; helping prepare documents necessary for employment; business training courses and summer training camps for single mothers, teleworking as new method of work–research and training. The Center is engaged in European projects on e–Work such as methods and implementation.

Studies and Surveys

Women and business in Poland; labour market in Poland