Dr. Magda Szarota is a disability and human rights advocate, disability studies researcher, NGO executive and a photographer. She has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the US, and is considered one of the pioneers of the disabled women’s movement in post-socialist Poland.
Magda co-authored the first shadow report to the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) Committee on the situation of Polish girls and women with disabilities, and successfully advocated on their behalf during the 20th session in Geneva in 2018. In 2019, she was awarded the prestigious Ambassador of the UN CRPD title, which was presented by the Polish Ombudsman, Professor Adam Bodnar for “educational, scholarly and activist initiatives aiming at the realization of the human rights and the UN CRPD.”
Magda is a Member of the Management Board of Humanity in Action Poland and a Steering Committee member of the Feminist Alliance for Rights run by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership/Rutgers University (US). She is a Founding Member of Artykuł 6 (a Polish feminist disability rights collective) and cooperates with Women Enabled International (US) and Sisters of Frida (UK). Magda is also a doctoral candidate at the Lancaster University and a recipient of numerous merit-based scholarships from e.g. Yale University, Kosciuszko Foundation and Ashoka: Innovators for the Public.
Humanity in Action is committed to providing an open, respectful, and safe environment for its Fellows, Senior Fellows, Program Interns, Staff, Board Members, speakers, partners, and others involved in its programs. Magda Szarota is our Ombudsperson, our designated point of contact to serve members of the Humanity in Action network, including the Fellows of this program, who experience abusive, racist, sexist, homophobic, or other forms of discriminatory behavior that emanate from other members of the network.
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Updated September 2021
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Magdalena Szarota speaks at a Lancaster University rally
Magda Szarota, a human rights advocate and the Ombudsperson of Humanity in Action Poland, recently spoke at a rally in solidarity with Ukrainian people. The event was organized by Lancaster University Student Union.
Magda Szarota makes an expert and activist intervention during the European Parliament's inter-parliamentary committee meeting
Magda Szarota, HIA Poland Board Member, on the invitation of the Members of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality of the European Parliament made an expert and activist intervention during an inter-parliamentary committee meeting to mark the International Day on the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Time for concrete action to end gender-based violence!
Magda Szarota, a board member of Humanity In Action Polska, joined the feminist round table on how to make the EU directive on gender-based violence intersectional, comprehensive & effective.
Human Rights Reconsidered
The birth of the disabled people’s movement and what does it mean for human rights activists.
Op-Ed in the iconic Ms. Magazine!
Magda Szarota, a board member of Humanity In Action Polska, together with Suzannah Phillips, Deputy Director from Women Enabled, bring women with disabilities to the front in the debate on abortion rights in Poland.
Webinar honouring the many contributions of Alda Facio to the promotion of women’s human rights worldwide
We recommend watching the webinar, which celebrated the work of Alda Facio, a prominent feminist jurist and former Expert Member of the UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women & Girls.
Op-ed on the violation of reproductive rights of women with disabilities in Poland
Members of the ARTICLE 6 collective - Magdalena Kocejko, Agnieszka Wołowicz and HIA Poland Board Member Magda Szarota - write in OKO.press about the violation of reproductive rights of women with disabilities in Poland.
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