Map source: Human Rights Watch

Poland, population 38 million, is located in Central Europe.

Poland became a member of the European Union on 1 May 2004. Certain amendments have been made to the Polish legislation in order to bring it into conformity with EU laws and standards. The changes reflect regulations contained in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the European Social Charter and others.Since becoming a full EU member, Poland has adopted a number of laws aimed at eliminating discrimination against women and promoting gender equality, and at achieving compliance with its obligations under various Conventions. In particular, the amendments to the Labour Code include a new chapter on the equal treatment of women and men and provide definitions for direct and indirect discrimination. (For analysis, please see here).

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