Tuesday 08 May 2018

British Council in Poland is marching together with The British Embassy in the Equality Parade, promoting equal opportunities and diversity – the values it has stood for since opening in Poland 80 years ago. 

Human rights are universal and apply equally to all, without distinction. The promotion and protection of the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) people is a core part of the UK’s human rights work. United Kingdom focuses on tackling violence and discriminatory laws and practices; ensuring the full and equal enjoyment of human rights;  and promoting equality and tolerance. This is done by working with partner countries and through international organisations. 

Using the cultural resources of the UK, the British Council creates friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. This year British Council marking this 80th anniversary proudly supports the Warsaw Equality Parade.

“The main purpose of British Council is to create dialogue between people from different cultures, to build greater trust and tolerance. The concepts of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion sit at the core of this mission - so countering all forms of discrimination based on sex, age, race, disability, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation is extremely important to us. That's why we proudly support the Equality Parade”. Simon Gammell, Country Director, British Council

British Council in Poland was awarded with a ‘Rainbow Bee’ (“Tęczowa Pszczoła”). According to research conducted by LGBT Business forum, the British Council is the only organisation on the Polish market which has implemented a antidiscrimination policy in the workplace in its full scope. The jury also recognized our commitment to promoting equal opportunities in the area of sexual orientation and identity at external conferences. 

More information on equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion can be found at www.britishcouncil.pl/en/about/equal-opportunity-diversity 

As part of Equality Month British Council, British Embassy  and Gutek Film cordially invite to a special screening of a film "Call Me by Your Name". It is a 2017 coming-of-age drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by James Ivory, based on the 2007 novel of the same name by André Aciman. Set in Northern Italy in 1983, Call Me by Your Name chronicles the romantic relationship between Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a 17-year-old living in Italy, and his father's 24-year-old American assistant, Oliver (Armie Hammer). The film won the Oscar and BAFTA awards for the Best Adapted Screenplay.

The event takes place at Muranów Cinema on 13 June 2018 at 20:00 as part of the Equality Festival and the celebrations of the 80th anniversary of the British Council in Poland.

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. Using the UK’s cultural resources we make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.

Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. The majority of our income is raised delivering a range of projects and contracts in English teaching and examinations, education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. Eighteen per cent of our funding is received from the UK government.

The British Council in Poland performs educational activities through the teaching of English at our reputable language centres and partner schools in Warsaw, Cracow and Wroclaw, and cooperating with exam centres, which offer British language and professional exams throughout the country. Our cultural, educational and social projects aim at sharing the achievements of the United Kingdom. Working effectively with diversity and promoting equality of opportunity is an essential part of our work.

The British Council has been working with Poland since1938. In 2018 we are marking this 80th anniversary with a series of events celebrating cultural relations and exchange between the UK and Poland.

For more information, please visit: www.britishcouncil.pl. You can also keep in touch with the British Council through twitter.com/plBritish,www.facebook.com/BritishCouncilPolska and blog.britishcouncil.org.

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