BARBARA WEJNERT

Barbara Wejnert

Contact:

bwejnert@buffalo.edu bwejnert@gmail.com

Activism

Pro-democratic Solidarity Movement

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My introduction to democracy as a political system and to democratic processes was initiated by activism in the Pro-Democracy Solidarity Movement in 1980-1981. I was a student at that time and a member of the student segment of the Solidarity Movement. Participation in occupational strikes at A. Mickiewicz University in Poznan, my Alma Mater, was the best and the most important lesson, for me, on the nature and processes of democratization. These activisms prompted eagerness to record history unfolding before my very own eyes. I collected copies of circulating documents, students’ poetry, and songs, as well as recorded interviews with striking students. I watched hours of video recording of student negotiations with Polish government members (a phenomenon equivalent to workers negotiations). I also visited other striking campuses across Poland. This documentation was presented as a doctoral dissertation, published papers and constitutes a significant component of a newest book on Diffusion of Democracy.

Participation in the Solidarity Movement taught me an unforgettable lesson about the power of individuals united by a common goal. I was able to witness how united citizen’s concern about the future of their country could overpower totalitarian regimes (i.e., communist regimes) and initiate their breakdown, a process similar to a contemporary Arab Spring.


Women’s Bridge

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I incorporated this lesson when conducting research on global economic development, democracy, and gender. This study introduced me to the life stories of women and the tragic world women live in. Observation of similar situations of women’s life in different parts of the world, led to a new activism - the formation of the Women’s Bridge, of which I am the founder and a director. On one hand, the goal of Women’s Bridge is to provide support for building women’s solidarity, mutual help and unity in order to improve women and girls’ economic, professional and political position, and their social status. On the other hand, it should be a channel of communication and networking with other women, society-at –large, and organizations that promote women’s advancement. Solidarity, developed contacts, and established networks would plausibly accelerate so urgently needed empowerment of women. Higher status for women themselves would not only benefit women but ongoing development of countries the dawn of a non-violent, peaceful world as envisioned envision by Mahatma Gandhi “If non-violence is the law of our being, the future is with woman.” Mahatma Gandhi. 1921. Message to the women of India.

The Women's Bridge Collaborates with many international NGOs and Women Networks, e.g.

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Logo designed by K.Zygadlewicz