Zuzanna Krzatala is an activist and feminist advocating for women*s reproductive rights, gender equality, and the end of gender-based violence. She is a graduate of Global Studies at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts and a Research Fellow of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at the New School for Social Research in New York.
She gained her experience in the third sector from the International Rescue Committee, a global relief agency, where she worked directly for David Miliband, former British Foreign Secretary and current President of the IRC. She drafted a feminist humanitarian policy, which addressed sexual and gender-based violence in conflict and humanitarian settings. Through her fieldwork with refugees in Rwanda, Jordan, and the Greek island of Lesbos, she focused on initiatives that empowered women.
She lived and worked in New York for over a decade, where she advocated for labor rights of fashion models and protection from sexual harassment in the workplace with an organization Model Alliance. In 2018 they were successful in passing the Stop Sexual Harassment Act, which was signed into law by the New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. At the height of the #MeToo movement, she was involved in the investigative report from The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team that shed the light on the abuses in the fashion industry.
Her journey with Humanity in Action began in 2019 when she completed the Warsaw Fellowship. In her current role, she is co-responsible for coordinating communication and the recruitment campaign for the 2021 Warsaw Fellowship.
Since her return to Poland she has been involved in numerous social initiatives, from a campaign promoting HIV testing with the Social Education Foundation to advocating and fundraising for the Women’s Rights Centre – which provides legal and psychological aid to survivors of gender-based violence – together with Wysokie Obcasy Foundation, a prominent feminist magazine. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, on behalf of the Senior Health Foundation, she kickstarted the Senior w Koronie support group, which provides assistance to low-income seniors in need and today brings together over 11 thousand volunteers.
More from Zuzanna Krzątała
"You Will Never Walk Alone" - Polish Women* Strike Back
In this article, Warsaw Senior Fellow Zuzanna Krzatala writes about the 100 days of Polish women's resistance against the near-total abortion ban in Poland.
“You Will Never Walk Alone” - Polish Women* Strike Back
On November 28, 1918, Polish women won their right to vote. 102 years on, they are still fighting for their right to self-determination, equality and freedom of choice. Once a leader in advancing women’s rights, Poland achieved women’s suffrage two years prior to the United States and ahead of most European states. Today, Poland leads Europe as one of the most oppressive countries for women, violating their fundamental human right by denying them reproductive rights.
Senior fellow discusses gender-based violence on newonce.radio
We highly recommend an interview about violence against women, sexual harassment and everyday sexism on newonce.radio with Zuzanna Krzątała.
Senior Fellow involved in an initiative supporting seniors during the pandemic
Zuzanna Krzątała, Senior Fellow and HIA Poland activist network member, is involved in an initiative of Fundacja Warsaw Legend supporting seniors during pandemic times in Warsaw.
Senior fellow writes a blog post on the pandemic and women’s rights for The New School
Zuzanna Krzatala, Senior Fellow and HIA Poland activist network member, writes an article entitled “The Pandemic and ‘Women’s Hell’ in Poland” for the Blog run by Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, The New School.
Humanity in Action Poland Announces the 2019 Polish and Ukrainian Fellows Cohort