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Warsaw. Wanda Traczyk-Stawska – Warsaw citizen of the year 2021

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The winner of the Warsaw Citizen of the Year 2021 plebiscite was Wanda Traczyk-Stawska, who as a 17-year-old fought in the Warsaw Uprising. – I call women to you to fight for your rights relentlessly. The future of our nation depends on you – she said during the Tuesday gala.

– I accept this honor to tell you that we women by the 31st Order were granted the same rights as men. We had military ranks and decorations. We were treated the same as men. And now, in free Poland, this right has been taken away from us, so that we would have a decision that belongs to us, whether we want to be mothers or not, said the laureate.

The results of the Warszawianka of the Year plebiscite were announced by the Mayor of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski, on Tuesday evening at the Studio Theater. He said that this year the winner received a record number of 51,000 votes.

Who is Wanda Traczyk-Stawska?

Wanda Traczyk-Stawska, pseudonym Pączek i Atma, was a soldier of the Home Army, a member of the Gray Ranks and an activist of the independence underground during the Second World War. At the age of 17, she fought in the Warsaw Uprising. After his capitulation, she was taken prisoner by the Germans. After returning to Poland, she graduated from the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Warsaw.

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For many years she worked in special schools. She also cherishes the memory of the Warsaw Uprising, and is the chairman of the Social Committee for the Warsaw Insurgents Cemetery at the World Association of Home Army Soldiers. She is also a social activist. She supported, inter alia, protest of the disabled in the Sejm, last year’s Women’s Strike against the tightening of abortion regulations, and in in October that year, she spoke during the pro-EU demonstration at Castle Square in reaction to the judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal on the unconstitutionality of some provisions of the Treaty on European Union.

Warszawianka of the Year is a plebiscite honoring women who, through their social or professional activities, have made a special contribution to the development and promotion of Warsaw. For the first time, the plebiscite was organized in 2018, on the hundredth anniversary of granting Polish voting rights.

Traczyk-Stawska: I came to remind you what price you have to pay for the loss of freedomTVN24

Nominated for the award

This year’s nominees include 10 women: Marta Lempart – leader of the National Women’s Strike; Katarzyna Augustynek (Grandma Kasia) – “icon of street protests in Warsaw”; Wanda Traczyk-Stawska – participant in the Warsaw Uprising; Agnieszka Kępka – coordinator of an aid organization for people in a homelessness crisis, Marina Hulia – teacher, social activist; Agnieszka Sikora – author of reports on social issues; Kamila Górniak – originator and co-founder of the SMA Foundation; Olga Kozierowska – business journalist; Magdalena “Lusia” Żagałkowicz – running the “Heart of the City” Foundation, Sylwia Chutnik – writer, feminist and Varsavianist.

Main photo source: Sławomir Kamiński / Agencja Wyborcza.pl

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