The first ever Women’s Congress in Hungary since the democratic transition is organized by the Hungarian Women’s Lobby. The event is inspired by the success of the Polish Congress of Women (Kongres Kobiet). The Polish Congress has been organized yearly since 2009, getting high visibility and media attention, mobilizing and uniting a large number of women from all over the country, and generating legal and policy changes in Poland.
The Women’s Congress aims to bring gender equality into the spotlight, to the forefront of public discourse before the parliamentary and local government elections, and the elections to the European Parliament, all to be held in 2014. The main goal of the Women’s Congress is twofold: to make political parties – as well as policy makers – accountable for and responsive to gender equality as a democratic value, by lobbying and pushing them to have a say on women’s rights in their communication, programs and campaigns; as well as to mobilize civil society to show up and stand up for women’s rights, and to make voters more open and conscious so as to assess the political parties’ agenda from a gender perspective.
The Congress is a non-profit initiative, independent from any political parties and ideology and following the human rights-based approach. The event is open to anybody being committed to gender equality and women’s human rights.