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International Empathic Cities Forum

Join us at Empathic Cities Forum 15-16 May in Kraków. This International Conference will address an important question for regional governments all over Europe: how to promote and protect human rights at the local level?

Empathic Cities Forum
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Hosted by the City of Kraków, Poland, the conference is a meeting point for experts representing cities from around Europe. The Forum is a platform for fostering equal and inclusive open urban communities, as well as an opportunity to learn, exchange good practices, and open up new horizons of international cooperation.

Kraków’s local and international partners will meet to discuss a municipal perspective on human rights. Their experience and commitment in the field of equality policies is sure to provide inspiration and build hope for a better future for our local communities.

Mindful of the challenges of rising nationalist sentiments, growing populism and out-of-control hate speech in the digital space and beyond, we will discuss tensions generated in strongly polarised societies functioning in the demanding realities affected by economic crisis, long-term impact of the pandemic, and war induced insecurity. Cities, as organisms most closely intertwined with the local communities, play an extraordinary role in championing human rights and boosting social sensitivity and empathy. This responsibility is taken on by officials and civil servants in many empathic cities across Europe. It is the good practices and effective tools they have been implementing that we want to showcase at the Kraków conference.

Finally, the forum will be an opportunity to gain insights into and discuss the framework of human rights cities as defined by the Fundamental Rights Agency in "Human rights cities in the EU: a framework for reinforcing rights locally". The pivotal report, produced by FRA in 2021, indicates paths for the implementation of equality policies in urban policies.




9.30–10.00 Registration

Official opening: Address by The Mayor of the City of Kraków Jacek Majchrowski

Opening remarks: Kraków for equality - together for change
Nina Gabryś, Plenipotentiary of the Mayor of Kraków for Equality Policy

Human rights cities in the EU: a framework for reinforcing rights locally
Geraldine Guille, Policy Analysis and Stakeholder Cooperation, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights

Discussion panel “European Cities and Human Rights – New Challenges, New Ideas”

  • Bordeaux: Olivier ESCOTS - Deputy Mayor of Bordeaux in charge of disability and the fight against all forms of discrimination
  • Leipzig: Pia-Marieke Heyne, City of Leipzig Head of Office for Democracy and Social Cohesion
  • Leuven: Lies Corneillie, Deputy Mayor for Equal Opportunities

12.00–12.30 Coffee break


Solutions for tomorrow. Case study:
“Vienna, Human Rights City – A highly liveable city committed to values”

Shams Asadi, Human Rights Commissioner and head of the Human Rights Office of the City of Vienna


Solutions for tomorrow. Case study:
“Nuremberg – City of Peace and Human Rights; Obligation and Implementation”

Helga Riedl, Human Rights Office - City of Nuremberg

Solutions for tomorrow. Case study:
"Challenges faced by people with disabilities, implementation of their rights and legitimate interests in the city of Kyiv in war conditions”

Lesia Petrivska, Commissioner of the Kyiv City Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

14.15–15.30 Lunch break

Kraków’s Equality Trail  - walking tour (number of participants is limited) - in English

Welcome reception hosted by the Mayor of Kraków, Professor Jacek Majchrowski
Potocki Palace, Rynek Główny 20


9.30–10.00 Registration

Keynote Speaker: Dialogue in times of division

Kichan Manocha, Head of the Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights – ODIHR

Lecture: Human rights cities – the Polish context. Where are we and where are we headed towards?
Marta Siciarek, Instytut Miast Praw Człowieka 

Lecture: "Equal rights space - how do others fit into this "universally" designed space? Ewelina Jaskulska, architect, Architektoniczki collective

12.00–12.30 Coffee break

Sustainable development? How to effectively integrate SDGs on the local level - Example: Culture.
Robert Piaskowski, Plenipotentiary of the Mayor of Kraków for Culture

Discussion panel: How do Polish local governments fight for human rights?

  • Sopot: Magdalena Czarzyńska-Jachim, Deputy Mayor of Sopot
  • Gdańsk: Monika Chabior, Deputy Mayor for Social Development and Equal Treatment, City of Gdańsk
  • Warsaw: Karolina Zdrodowska, Coordinating Director for Entrepreneurship and Social Dialogue, City of Warsaw
  • Kraków: Nina Gabryś, Plenipotentiary for the Mayor of Kraków for Equality Policy

Closing remarks

14.45–15.45 Lunch break

Kraków Equality Trail - walking tour (number of participants is limited) - in Polish

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Published: 2023-04-20
Last update: 2023-05-11

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