A co-operation between the Polish Institute in Budapest and the regional gender project of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Friday 2 October, 10:00 am — Friday 2 October 2015, 3:30 pm

Kossuth Klub

1088 Budapest, Múzeum u. 7

Signposts towards a socially inclusive and gender-sensitive participatory democracy? 

A co-operation between the Polish Institute in Budapest and the regional gender project of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

In Poland the visibility of urban movements has increased in recent years with a growing number of successful actions concerning public space, communal investments and participatory budgets. More and more, these initiatives tend to integrate gender issues and the issues of the most vulnerable groups, e.g. addressing the housing poverty. Also, the local elections in Poland in November 2014 highlighted interesting new trends in this regard. Numerous constituencies witnessed candidates supported by citizens’ movements campaigning in parallel with candidates of the established political parties, breaking the long-standing paradigm of the allegedly helpless confrontation between civic activism and traditional political actors. Some of the post-election analyses anticipate further increase in the influence of citizens’ initiatives on policy-making at the local level in Poland. 

However, the case of Poland is not unique in the region. Different forms of urban activism and civic participation are gaining momentum in the Visegrád countries and Ukraine. 
The organisers of the conference would like to invite you to an exchange of experiences with members of these movements of the different countries.


10.00-10:30 Registration
10:30-10:45 Welcome speeches 
Katarzyna Sitko, Director of the Polish Institute in Budapest
Jan Niklas Engels, Director of FES Budapest
10:45-12:00 26 years after 1989: state of local level democracy in V4 and Ukraine in the eyes of urban activists – Panel debate
Marta Żakowska, Poland (tbc)
Jan Mazur, Slovakia 
Zsuzsanna Pósfai, Hungary
Chair: Jarosław Bajaczyk, Deputy Director, Polish Institute in Budapest
12:00-12:45 Lunch
12:45-14:00 Urban movements: complementing state policies or questioning neoliberalism in practice? – Panel debate
Jan Śpiewak, Poland 
N.N., Czech Republic (tbc)
Csaba Jelinek, Kritikai Városkutató Műhely, Hungary
Chair: Ágnes Gagyi, Helyzet Műhely, Budapest
14:00-14:15 Coffee break
14:15-15:30 Urban movements and gender relations – Panel debate
Joanna Erbel, Poland 
Yuliia Savelieva, Ukraine
Kata Ámon, Central European University, Hungary 
Chair: Eszter Kováts, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Budapest

15:30 End of the conference 

English-Hungarian interpretation is provided.
Participation is free of charge but requires registration by September 30th at this link:

For the registration please indicate your affiliation and position.
If required we can offer child-care free of charge during the event. In that case registrations are requested by September 27th.