The founding of the World Federation of Women in the Free World was the initiative of Maria Krupska PEng from Australia. The World Conference "Polonia of Tomorrow", the first since the end of World War II, took place in Toronto in 1978. During the conference, the first World Conference of Polish Women was convened. The Polish Canadian Women's Federation in Canada along with the Federation of Polish Women in Australia and New Zealand organized the conference over several years. Contacts with thirty-two organizations of Polish women had been established in twenty-four countries. Eighty-nine delegates and two hundred forty guests from around the world participated in the conference. The first conference presidium, chaired by Maria Krupska, had its headquarters in Sydney, Australia.
History


The First World Conference of Polish Women, Toronto, 1978
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The Second World Conference of Polish Women under the theme "We serve the Polish cause always and everywhere" took place May 5 - 8, 1984 in London, England. The conference was hosted by the Committee for the Understanding Organization of Polish Women in Great Britain chaired by Barbara Checiakowska. The Bylaws of the Federation were voted on and a new conference executive board, led by Grazyna Cioromska, was chosen. Barbara Ciepielska became secretary. Fifty-four delegates and one hundred fifty-seven guests participated in the conference.
The Second World Conference of Polish Women, Londyn, 1984
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The Third World Conference of Polish Women took place in Kraków, August 17, 1992. Alina Kozlowiecka-Kennedy was elected president. Ms. Kozlowiecka-Kennedy was also the current chairperson of the Head Executive Board of the Federation of Polish Canadian Women in Canada. The current chairperson of the Federation of Polish Canadian Women in Canada is Ana Szufnara, who is also fulfilling the function of chairperson of the World Federation of Polish Women. The goal of the Federation of Polish Canadian Women in Canada is the restoration of activity, the renewal of contacts with women's organizations and individual women, as well as the organization of the Fourth World Conference of Polish Women.
The Third World Conference of Polish Women, Kraków, 1992
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During the III Conference of the "Polonia" in September 2007 in Warsaw, the World Conference of Polish Women also took place on Friday, Sept 21.

(first row from left)
Helena Miziniak (UK),
Iwona Bogorya-Buczkowska(Canada),
Zofia de Witt (Winnipeg, Canada)

(Second row from left)
Irena Kremblewska (Canada)
Ewa Miles-Dixon (Edmonton,Canada)
Maria Olsson (Sweden)
Teresa Szlamp Fryga (Edmonton,Canada)
Krystyna Klinkowicz (Argentina)

World Federation of Women, Warsaw - 2007

Delegats of Polish Woman' Federation in Canada during the III Conference of the "Polonia" in Warsaw, 2007


In Polish Parliament, Warsaw 2007


Canadian group for the III Conference of the "Polonia" in Warsaw, 2007

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The most important goals of the World Federation of Polish Women are cooperating and coordinating the work of Polish women's organizations throughout the world for the good of the Polish cause, assisting Poles within Poland and abroad, fighting for the rights of Polish women in the east, maintaining Polish culture abroad, representing Polish women on the world forum, working for equal rights for women, and working with youth.

One of our intentions is to create an Information-Coordination Centre on the Internet to gather and share information about cultural events, conferences, grants, scholarships for youth, and employment opportunities. We would like to introduce the profiles of interesting people of Polish descent and create a centre for assistance. Particular pressure needs to be placed on interesting youth of Polish origin. We want to interest our youth in information about the arts, business, and science. The World Federation of Polish Women is organizing the "Golden Fish" competition for young artists. The exhibit will be available on the Internet in May 2005.

We have been successful in making contact with some women's organizations around the world. The first important step of the World Federation of Polish Women was a meeting in Windsor, Canada on October 10, 2004 with the president of the Federation of Polish Women in the United States of America, Virginia Sikora and Bogumila Padowska. It was suggested that we establish closer contacts and meet in Chicago in 2005.

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