I graduated from the University of Warsaw, where I studied pedagogy, as well as gender studies (study devoted to cultural and social gender identity). I was extremely impressed by the course about the relationship between a mother and a daughter, taught by Agata Araszkiewicz. My MA thesis was about the sexuality of the figure of the mother in selected texts.
I completed a course in coaching and psychology training at the Intra school and postgraduate studies in clinical sexology at WSFiZ. I’m currently undergoing training at the Intra school to become a psychotherapist.
I’m a sex educator and a coach. In 2002, I created Ponton Group affiliated with the Federation for Women and Family Planning, and I’ve been coordinating its actions for 16 years, until the end of 2018.
Apart from cooperating with Ponton, I also give sex education and psychosocial competences classes for teenagers and adults.
For my work with young people, I was nominated for the title of the “Polish Woman of the Year 2006” (by “Wysokie Obcasy”, a section of Gazeta Wyborcza) and the title of the “Woman Who Is Changing the World” (by SHAPE magazine), as well as I was rewarded by ELLE magazine.
The beginnings of my work as a sex educator were linked to my work for women and feminism. The feminist perspective on the world has encouraged my reflection on human sexuality, very stereotyped, which e.g. makes girls entirely responsible for sex. I believe we should promote the idea of equality between women and men, as well as work on encouraging partnership among young people.
Knowledge about what kind of changes the body goes through during puberty, awareness of sexual rights, ability to protect your boundaries in an assertive way, awareness of dangers in cyberspace and ability to use the Internet in a safe way: these are the competences that young people should have in order to safely and responsibly reach adulthood.
I consider it very important for sex education to be comprehensive. I don’t think about merely presenting information about contraception or genitals. In my opinion, it is crucial for Ponton Group to undertake activities aimed at building awareness and promoting such concepts as tolerance, assertiveness, co-responsibility, respect for differences and others’ needs.
You can read more about me in an interview on the www.ngo.pl website.
Personally, I love pigs and piglets in all their forms except for a dish. 🙂