The special womens event called “Solidarity according to women” took place on Sunday, October 16th at Centre Culturel Altrimenti (5 Avenue Marie-Thérèse, 2132 Luxembourg). It was organized and took place during the 9th edition of the CinEast film festival.
The event started with the full-length documentary film called Solidarity According to Women (103 min) by Marta Dzido and Piotr Śliwowski. It tells a story about Polish women who broke security service codes, hid leaders of the underground movement, and helped the families of political prisoners. The names of the women who fought in the Solidarity movement come up occasionally, but their stories have largely remained untold. It’s significant that none of them was invited to the Round Table.
The film was followed by questions to the film director/ protagonist and producer Marta Dzido. Later on started a debate about ‘women’s solidarity’ in different aspects of life.
Together with the special guests( Katarina Kaszasova from Slovakia, Anna Gaweska from Poland and Madhumalti Sharma from India) several topics were discussed:
– Women’s average representation in regional and local assemblies and on national level (parliament, government)
– Gender balance on corporate boards
– Significant pay gap between monthly earning of women and men
– Glass ceiling (keeping women from achieving the same professional position as their male counterparts, regardless of their qualifications or achievements). Does it exist? What’s your experience, from your professional carrier/country of origin?
– Traits of the high-achieving women. Do you need to have special characteristics to be successful in business and to compete with men? Do women business leaders share the same characteristics?
The event was a great success and it should be repeated in the future.