Zuzanna Krzatala is a Warsaw-based activist and feminist advocating for reproductive rights and gender equality. She is a graduate of the New School for Social Research in New York and a Fellow at Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility.
She gained her experience in the third sector at the International Rescue Committee, a global relief agency, where she worked directly for president David Miliband, former British Foreign Secretary. She was involved in drafting 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 women-empowerment initiatives.
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 it was successful in passing the Stop Sexual Harassment Act, which was signed into law by NYC 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 light on the abuses in the fashion industry.
Since her return to Poland in 2019, she has been part of numerous social initiatives, from a campaign promoting HIV testing with the Social Education Foundation to advocating and fundraising for the Women’s Rights Centre together with Wysokie Obcasy Foundation, a prominent feminist newspaper.
Her journey with Humanity in Action began in 2019 as a Warsaw Fellow. In her current role at HIA Poland, she is responsible for communication and project coordination.
More from Zuzanna Krzątała
Humanity in Action Poland takes part in the UN #CSW65 NGO Virtual Forum!
We are super excited that Zuzanna Krzątała, our Project Coordinator and Senior Fellow, will speak at the panel on the “Attacks on the Istanbul Convention: The Ongoing Struggle for Women's Rights” organized by Kirmizi Biber Dernegi.
"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.
2019 Warsaw Fellowship Blog
During the 2019 Warsaw Fellowship, our Fellows wrote daily blogs of their experiences during the Fellowship. Read their reflections here.
Humanity in Action Poland Announces the 2019 Polish and Ukrainian Fellows Cohort