Poland Sociology

-JoeAnna Spencer

Promotional Film - Poland


" Traditionally, the woman's place in the home, and her rule in the household matters absolute. By 1979, women were 43.4 percent of the work force, in 1988, 45 percent, and in 1996, 46 percent. According to a study, women employed outside the home averaged 6.5 hours on the job and 4.3 hours on housework, while women without jobs spent 8.1 hours on housework" (Kreija, "Culture of Poland").

"The approach to gender is peculiar in Poland. On one hand, women have been working outside home in huge numbers at least since the end of the Second World War. Even as early as the 19th century. they played important social roles and participated in decision-making on the family and community level, about economic matters. In today's Poland, statistically, they are better educated than Polish men but they earn less money (the gender wage gap is about 30%)" ("Cultural Information- Poland").


Poland is a source country for men and women trafficked to Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Israel for purposes of forced labor and sexual exploitation. It is also a transit and destination country for women trafficked from Moldova, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Belarus, Russia, Sudan, Senegal, Uganda, Kenya, Djibouti, China, and Vietnam for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation. Women from Ukraine, Bulgaria, Mongolia, and Vietnam are trafficked to Poland for purposes of forced labor, forced begging, and debt bondage. - U.S. State Dept Trafficking in Persons Report, June, 2009


"Poland offers dozens of museums, hundreds of musical acts, innumerable clubs and restaurants, and some of the oldest and most interesting architecture in Europe. In addition, it is easy to travel in this European Union country; more than half a dozen cities have large airports, and the country has a well-developed rail and bus network" (Frost "About Arts and Entertainment of Poland").

Works Cited

"Cultural Information - Poland." Intercultural Learning. 15 Oct. 2009. Web. 12 Sept. 2014. <http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/ci-ic-eng.asp?iso=pl#cont.>

Kreija, Andris. "Countries and Their Cultures." Culture of Poland. 16 Nov. 2006. Web. 14 Sept. 2014. <http://www.everyculture.com/No-Sa/Poland.html.>
"Model of a Polish Family." What Is the Current Model of the Polish Family? N.p., 07 Apr. 2008. Web. 14 Sept. 2014.

Promotional Film - Poland. Perf. Robert Nartowski. N.p., 5 Aug. 2014. Web. 14 Sept. 2014.

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