I can make a declaration that we will definitely start working on this act within 100 days, said Katarzyna Kotula, Minister of Equality, in the “#BezKitu Campaign” program. She estimated that “the end of January, the beginning of February” was the time when the project could appear on her desk.
Friday’s “#BezKitu Campaign” on TVN24 hosted, among others, Minister of Equality Katarzyna Kotula (New Left). She was asked when the law on civil partnerships would appear.
“I think as soon as possible,” she said. She reminded that European Court of Human Rights recently issued a judgment related to same-sex relationships in Poland and indicated the need to introduce appropriate regulations. She also expressed hope that she would be one of the people who would coordinate work on this law.
– I can make a declaration that we will definitely start working on this bill within these 100 days. I would like there to be broad public consultations and various projects, she continued. – I am convinced that today we have the majority to adopt civil partnerships. I will do everything to make it happen, she said. She also assessed that “the Prime Minister does not need to be convinced” about this law.
When asked when she would like to have the project on her desk so that she could present it to ministers and refer it for further consultations, she replied: – I think the end of January, the beginning of February, when we will also partially complete the organizational work.
Curator Nowak “had no idea what equality was”
The program also featured presidential advisor Łukasz Rzepecki and MP from the Civic Coalition Dorota Łoboda. They commented on the dismissal of Barbara Nowak from the position of Małopolska Education Superintendent. This information was provided by the new Minister of Education Barbara Nowacka.
Łoboda admitted that she was glad that “it was one of the first decisions” of the new boss MEN. – Because it was very much expected – she noted.
– We know why it was canceled, we know why it was one of the first. She was a person who had nothing to do with equality. This was a person who discriminated against (…), not only minority groups, said the KO MP. According to her, the curator “had no idea what equality was, what acceptance was and what the role of the curator should be in all this.”
– A person who excludes certain groups, who uses prejudices and stereotypes, who also says anti-scientific nonsense – because what she said about vaccinations, what she said about WHO standards regarding sexual education were anti-scientific nonsense – such a person should not have nothing to do with education, she continued.
Rzepecki said that “curator Nowak is famous for such harsh statements.” – It was canceled, this is the competence of Minister Nowacka, the new government. They want a new person for this position, they have the right to do so. The president’s office Andrzej Duda nothing to do with it. New government, new order, he said. – President Andrzej Duda treats every person in Poland with respect – he added.
The guests of the “#BezKitu Campaign” were also asked questions by youth representatives: activist and social activist Gabriela Gładyszewska (GrowSpace Foundation); coordinator of the Latarnik Wyborczy and Youth Vote programs, Lena Wojciechowska (Civic Education Center); Bartłomiej Woliński (Young Poland) and Kacper Kunstler (Young People’s Forum).
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