Wanda Nowicka
PolandCo-Founder, Federation for Women and Family Planning


Wanda Nowicka Photo Credit:Todd France Photography, 2012

Wanda Nowicka is Co-Founder of the Federation for Women and Family Planning and former Deputy Speaker of the Sejm – the lower chamber of the Polish Parliament. She is a longtime activist in the field of women’s rights, women’s health and sexual and reproductive health, with a focus on a human rights-based approach.

She is a co-founding member and previous president of the Federation for Women and Family Planning, a Polish NGO that advocates for reproductive rights.

Ms. Nowicka is also a founding member of ASTRA, the Central and Eastern European Women’s Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.

Between 1996 and 2002, she served as a member of the Gender Advisory Panel of WHO’s Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction Programme.

Since 2003, she has been a member of the Advisory Board of Reproductive Health Matters. Ms. Nowicka is the author of many articles and papers on women’s rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights published in Poland and internationally. She contributed to SexPolitics: Reports from the Front Lines (e-book), in addition to The Struggle for Abortion Rights in Poland.

She wrote a number of shadow reports to the UN Human Rights Committee, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Committee on the Rights of Children, efforts which contributed to these committees finally recognizing violations of the reproductive rights of Polish women.

Ms. Nowicka holds a master’s degree in classics. In 2008, she was honored with the University in Exile Award from the New School University in New York in recognition of her engagement in the struggle for women’s reproductive rights both in Poland and internationally.