This project addresses the problem of stereotypes and prejudice towards the Ukrainian minority in the Piaseczno district. Between 10 and 20 thousand people from Ukraine live in the district. Unfortunately, Polish-Ukrainian relations are limited to contact at work, and are not without prejudice. There is a very powerful stereotype of a “cheap labor” from Ukraine, while many people are employed in the service industry, construction, agriculture, or cleaning, often in a post not suited to their qualifications. Xenophobic attitudes and stigmatizing language, and workplace abuses towards people from Ukraine are common. More than one quarter of people from Ukraine have experienced prejudice and aggression from their Polish neighbors.
The Project Promoter will prepare a series of cultural measures and conduct a public campaign to help forge inter-cultural relationships, change the way the Ukrainian community is perceived, and improve the well-being of people from Ukraine who live in Piaseczno and the surrounding areas. The cultural events will include 2 film screenings, an exhibition of works of Ukrainian artists, a concert, workshops on cuisine, and 2literary meetings. The public campaign will include 8 interviews with Ukrainians living in Piaseczno and with experts from CSOs. There will also be a debate on measures to counteract hate speech and xenophobia, attended by local government authorities, the police, and local media.
The project will be useful to the Polish community and Ukrainian community in the Piaseczno district (several thousand people). Knowledge of Ukrainian culture and the everyday life and problems faced by people from Ukraine in Poland will make the attitudes of Poles more open and empathic. This will be an opportunity to improve the situation of Ukrainians living in the Piaseczno district.
The Piaseczno public library will be a partner in the project. In 2021, the public library organized a Ukraine month, featuring literature from the country.