Equality policies must be drawn up and implemented by local and central government authorities with the help of members of the civic society, institutions of higher education, and business. The central authorities are not concerned with this despite the increasing pluralism of Polish society, intensifying hate speech, the number of prejudice-motivated crimes, and polarization of opinion. Meanwhile, even if they would willingly implement an equality policy, local governments do not have the adequate tools and knowledge to do so.
The project aims to provide local government with the tools for formulating equality policies and strategies as standards for defending human rights. The tools will include a handbook as well as presentations and audiovisual materials posted on a specially created website. The platform will be used for local governments and experts to share know-how, and enable multifaceted support to be provided for local government when devising and implementing equality policies, including public consultations necessary to observe human rights standards. Six webinars will be held on formulation of equality strategies by local government authorities, and 12 webinars will be held for local governments to share know-how. The partner in the project will be the Polish Cities Association (Związek Miast Polskich). More than 300 officials in local government authorities that are members of the partner organization will be provided with information about the tools that can be used to formulate equality policy. Due to the project, members of the Związek Miast Polskich Equality Team will expand their activities to create equality strategies in their local government authorities. The issue of equality strategies in the cities will be included in the Partner’s initiatives directed towards the member local government authorities.