Comparing gender attitudes of Polish migrants and non migrants - Ewy Krzaklewska, Lihong Huang and Paula Pustułka presentations during the TRANSFAM conference

Ewa Krzaklewska together with Lihong Huang and Paula Pustułka presented a paper titled Migrating towards gender equality? Comparing survey data on gender attitudes of Polish migrants and non-migrants" with outcomes from GEQ and TRANSFAM projects.

The presentation could be found here.

More information about the conference is available on the TRANSFAM webpage .


The paper revisits the debate on the relationship between international mobility and progress in the realm of equality between men and women. Engaging with the hypothesis claiming that moving to a more gender-egalitarian country leads to more emancipatory strategies and progressive changes within family/couple dynamics, we examine survey datasets of GEQ a nd Transfam studies. While GEQ - Gender Equality and Quality of Life project featured a representative sample of the Polish population, the Transfam research on "doing family" in the Polish-Norwegian transnationality has collected responses to a web survey from Polish migrant
couples and parents in Norway. In this paper, we analyse and compare both gender equality attitudes and family practices of Poles in Poland vis à vis Poles in Norway. We discuss opinions about the meaning and necessity of equality, as well as determine the actual declared gendered divisions of labour among migrant and non
migrant couples. Ultimately, we identify various factors that facilitate or hinder the shift towards gender equality for Poles, as well as point to the effects of moving from Poland to Norway arguably "the most gender equal country in the













photo Dorota Wołujczyk

Published Date: 14.06.2016
Published by: Anna Ratecka

Presentation of GEQ project outcomes during the conference "Women and men facing everyday challanges. Work and life demands in the context of gender" in Łódź

During the conferencce "Women and men facing everyday challanges. Work and life demands in the context of gender" Marta Warat presented a paper with GEQ prject resuts focusing on the work life and quality of life. The conference took place in Łódź, form 19th to 21st May, and was organized by University of Łódź.

More information about the conference could be found on the webpage.

Published Date: 14.06.2016
Published by: Anna Ratecka

GEQ Seminar 27-28 January 2015

During the project seminar in Krakow, the GEQ project team discussed the outcomes of the project and the outline of the final conference.

Published Date: 14.03.2016
Published by: Ewa Krzaklewska

Prof. Krystyna Slany at the conference in Poznań

On November 5th at the Department of Social Sciences in Adam Mickieiwcz University in Poznań prof. Krystyna Slany presented a paper titled "Family life and gender equality" as part of Family roles - between adaptation and creation conference. 

Published Date: 19.11.2015
Published by: Ewelina Ciaputa

Invitation to open GEQ Seminar at the University of Oslo

On 23rd August at the University of Oslo, researchers of the GEQ project will present results of quantitative and qualitative studies conducted within GEQ project. Seminar is open for anyone interested in the topic.

More information about the event can be found here:

Published Date: 13.09.2015
Published by: Ewelina Ciaputa

Ewa Krzaklewska at ESA 2015 Conference

Ewa Krzaklewska, researcher in the GEQ project, has presented the results of the focus group study at the last European Sociological Association Conference in Prague. The presentation of Ewa Krzaklewska, Aleksandra MIgalska and Marta Warat took place within a session of RN33 "Gender Relations in Public and Private Spheres".

Published Date: 13.09.2015
Published by: Ewelina Ciaputa

dr Trine Korsvik at conference in Sweden

Dr Trine Korsvik - researcher from the University of Oslo  - partner of GEQ project, took part in a conference titled XI Nordiska kvinno- och genushistorikermötet. She presented a paper  "Social movements and the development of gender equality policies since the early 1980s – comparing Norway and Poland".

More information about the conference can be found here:

Published Date: 13.09.2015
Published by: Ewelina Ciaputa

GEQ Seminar in Oslo (17-19 June 2015)

GEQ project team on 17-19 June 2015, met in Oslo to discuss the project's upcoming tasks and to present the preliminary results of focus group interviews.

The seminar was attended by prof. Oystein Holter, Dr. Trine Korsvik, Ewelina Ciaputa, Ewa Krzaklewska, Alekandra Migalska, Dr. Marta Warat, Dr. Barbara Woźniak and Dr. Piotr Brzyski. During the first day of the seminar the research team discussed the main results of qualitative data analysis (focus group interviews and media analysis) and discussed upcoming tasks and events. Second day was mainly focused on the debate concerning dissertation project of Aleksandra Migalski and division of work as well as brought discussion on plan of survey results.

Published Date: 22.06.2015
Published by: Ewelina Ciaputa

Sex and Capital Conference in Rovaniemi, Finland

On Thursday June 4th dr Marta Warat presented a paper "Democracy, equality policy and war on gender in Poland" within session Feminist Politics and Resistances. 

Full programme of the conference is available here

Published Date: 05.06.2015
Published by: Ewelina Ciaputa

GEQ Reserchers at the conference "Woman in Culture" (Gdańsk)

First day of the conference brings presentations by Ewa Krzaklewska from the Jagiellonian University titled Exploring the potential of Focus Group Interviews in studying gender equality - feminist approach as a step ahead and by researcher from the University of Oslo dr Trine Korsvik who will present a paper Social movements and the development of gender equality – the case of Norway and Poland (both within session Polish migrants. Part 1).

Later that day dr Marta Warat and Ewa Krzaklewska will try to answer the question Does gender equality work for a better life? within session Social change & migration.

More information abut the conference is available here.

Published Date: 05.03.2015
Published by: Ewelina Ciaputa

"Gender Equality and Quality of Life" Session at Quality of Life: A Challange for Social Policy Conference in Bucharest

During the conference Quality of Life: A Challange for Social Policy, which is held in Bucharest (Romania) members of GEQ prject will chair a session titled "Gender Equality and Quality of Life".

The session is scheduled as follows:

  • Ewa Krzaklewska, Marta Warat - Gender equality and quality of life: individual perspectives, experiences and projects
  • Hsiu-hua Shen - Transnational Family and Gendered Quality of Life
  • Elena Zamfir - Towards a new paradigm in gender equality. From feminist propaganda to gender mainstreaming policies
  • Georgiana Virginia Bonea - Violence in the couple relationship: the features characteristics of the domestic aggressor.
  • Ewelina Ciaputa - Gender equality, reproductive rights and quality of life in Poland.
  • Bianca Buligescu, Lex Borghans, Didier Fouarge - Occupational segregation and gender pay gap in the European Union.
Full programme of the conference is available here:
Published Date: 21.04.2015
Published by: Ewelina Ciaputa

dr Trine Korsvik and dr Marta Warat at NORA Conference, Roskilde 5-6 November 2014

The NORA Conference - Voices in Nordic Gender Research was the first such conference, directly dedicated to the gender research by academics from nordic countries as weel as those whose research concernes that region.

Dr Marta Warat and dr Trine Rogg Korsvik presented their comparative analysis of Polish and Norwegian gender equality policies. The presentation was titeld  "Gender Equality policies in Norway and Poland: Building better societies, exported good or imposed regulation?"  and was a part of the stream "Departures & Arrivals. Global voices entangling the Nordic".

The presentation could be found here.

More information about the conference could be find on the conference website


GEQ Seminar 6-7 October 2014

Research team of GEQ project met in Krakow with Norwegian partners. During the meeting prof. Oystein Holter, dr Trine Korsvik from the Centre for Gender Research at the University of Oslo and prof. Beata Tobiasz-Adamczyk, dr Piotr Brzyski and dr Barbara Woźniak from KEMZ CM UJ, as well as dr Paulina Sekuła from Jagiellonian University discussed issues concerning quantitative tool preparation and its main dimensions choosen to be tested.

Published Date: 08.10.2014
Published by: Ewelina Ciaputa

GEQ researchers at International Sociological Association Congress in Yokohama

ISA Congress is one of the biggest sociological conferences in the world. ISA gathers scholars from all over the world and is a platform where researchers could exchange ideas and track the latests trends of sociological studies. 

Researchers from the GEQ project - Krystyna Slany, Marta Warat, Ewa Krzaklewska and Anna Ratecka took part in the congress, in particular by organizing a session "Theoretical and Methodological Challenges in the Study of Different Dimensions and Aspects of Inequality" within Research Committee "Logic and Methodology in Sociology". Furthermore, Marta Warat presented a paper "Gender Equality Policy Revisted. The case of Poland and Norway".



Published Date: 22.09.2014
Published by: Ewelina Ciaputa

Conference "Women and Men in a Postfamilial world", University of Łódź

The conference "Women and Men in a Postfamilial World" took place at the University of Łódź on the 9th April 2014.  Many distinguished Polish sociologists dealing with sociology of families and intimate relations presented their recent work, among others Tomasz Szlędak, Małgorzata Sikorska, Anna Kwak, Joanna Mizielińska.

Details concerning the conference can be found here.

During the conference Anna Ratecka presented a paper co-authored by Ewa Krzaklewska concerning methodological challanges in studying power in intimate heterosexual relationships and the relation between gender equality and power in family.

The presentation is available here (only in Polsih).

Published Date: 22.04.2014
Published by: Ewelina Ciaputa

Papers presented during the seminar in Oslo, 5-6 December 2013

» Presentation by Beata Kowalska, Marta Warat i Aleksandra Migalska

» Presentation by Oystein Holter

Norwegian model of gender equality research

This presentation gave an overview of Norwegian gender equality (GE) research development and potentials for GEQ development. GE indexes like The Gender Gap Index (with Norway at a .84 score, Poland at .70 in 2013) have been important for research development, yet they remain limited and narrow. There have few variables, mainly from professional life, lack informal and private life measures, and have been focus mainly on women. The Norway model is a more extensive approach with many variables and subdimensions including informal life measures, a specific focus on men as well as women, and combination of quantitative and qualitative methods.  Steps in this development were outlined, including the first ‘role of men in gender equality' type of survey, Men in Norway 1988; the Men's Life Connections qualitative follow-up 1993; the Equal Worth survey 1994; the Nordic Innovation project 2007, and others.

The research contributed to reforms like paternal leave (1993) and had public debate and media effects e g through publication of surprising findings (examples were presented).  

The new ideas of the Gender equality and quality of life 2007 survey were summarized. The survey used a long questionnaire designed with gender in/equality as the key issue (not as an add-on to other issues). It had a fairly large sample (N 2805), equal focus on men and women, and a biographical questionnaire design. It had a multidimensional approach to GE including distinction between norms and practices, material contexts, different discrimination forms, health and quality of life. Some parts of the new design were later further developed in the international project Images. Some main results from the survey were presented, including GE effects on quality of life  and reduced violence.  

The last part of the presentation concerned implications for GEQ, and further input to the kickoff discussions. Issues of survey quality, response rate, mapping "silent zones", culture and beliefs were briefly outlined.

» Presentation by Beata Tobiasz-Adamczyk

Quality of life

Over  the last decades several concepts and definitions of quality of life have been developed. The majority of the  definitions described quality of life as the degree of satisfaction or dissatisfaction felt by people with various aspects of their life , or happiness or unhappiness , a person's sense of well-being  in relation to the individual persons' experience and life situation reflecting individual's well-being (Abrams,1973, Campell , 1976, Dalkey and Rurke,1973, Geoge and Bearon ( 1980 ) defined quality of life in terms of four dimensions : two objective (general health status and functional status and socioeconomic status ) and two subjective ( subjective evaluation of life satisfaction and self-esteem  ), or as the possession of resources necessary to the satisfaction of individual needs, wants and desires, participation in activities  enabling personal development and self- actualization (Shin & Johnson ,1978). A,Sen ( 1993) defined quality of live  as " living " , as a combination of various doing and being , assessed in terms of the capability to achieve valuable functioning (being in good health, achieving self-respect or being socially integrated.

Several tools measuring different dimensions of quality of life have been concentrated on objective and subjective indicators of quality of life ( on population level as well as on  individual level).Developed models showed that  multifaced  and multidimensional approach to  quality of life .

Simultaneously the concept of health related quality of life has been formulated , which defined quality of life as a individual's perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value system in which they live and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards and concerns (a broad ranging  concept  affected  in a complex way by the person's physical health, psychological state, level of independence, social relationships and their relations to salient features  of their environment ( WHOQOL Group,1993)


» Presentation by Ewa Krzaklewska

Reflections on methodology


The focus of the presentation was the methodology of the research to be conducted within GEQ project. First of all, it consisted of the presentation of the research plan of the project with detailed objectives and themes presentation. This part stressed the important of linking diverse parts of the projects as well as critical reflection on the method used. Second part of the talk presented the results of the reflection on the Norway 07 model of study of gender equality in relation to the project aims. The presentation discussed such issues as:

  1. The inclusion of the context of research into research plan - diverse attitudes towards GE in No and PL constitute very important framework of our research, additionally value systems in both countries are critical to reflect on while preparing the survey. The understanding and evaluation of some concepts may differ as well (e.g. family-centred society).

  2. The question concerning measurement of gender equality as intrasubjective experience (self-evaluation) or ‘objective' situation measurement using researchers' criteria like in Norway 07), and possibly their diverse impact on health outcomes.

  3. Measurement of gender equality practices – what level to include? (daily practices versus extraordinary practices shaping GE, comp. Diversia 2011).

  4. Capturing gender power relation – impact of methodology on the results (studying individuals or households), power as a process which is difficult to capture. The potential of qualitative methods was stressed (comp. World Bank 2010). Are gender power relations active also within parents-children relations?

  5. Resource distribution – necessity to create a better index, including other aspects together with income.

  6. Gendered spaces impacting health –it is important to include not only family/household inequality, but also workplace experience of inequality (comp. Diversia 2011) as well as civic space engagement (comp. Kowalska 2013). Community attitudes are also important context of individual experiences of GE. Therefore, GE in the private sphere versus GE in the public sphere might have also diverse impact on health (comp. Backhans 2009).