Dsc. Joanna Konopińska is a graduate of Medical University of Bialystok. She completed her specialization training at the Ophthalmology Clinic of The Medical University of Bialystok Clinical Hospital, where she works as a Head of the Department to this day. Dsc. Konopińska is actively involved in social activities - since 2019, she has been the chairwoman of the Podlasie Branch of the Polish Society of Ophthalmology.
The main task of the Plenipotentiary is to undertake initiatives aimed at full respect and implementation of the principle of equal treatment and counteracting discrimination based on gender and other characteristics (race, ethnic origin, nationality, religion, beliefs, worldview, age and orientation).
Plenipotentiary’s tasks include:
development and implementation of the Gender Equality Plan for the Medical University of Białystok,
promoting and disseminating knowledge regarding equal treatment and anti-discrimination standards, including courses, workshops and other awareness-raising events,
revieving equality-related legal acts and cooperating with empowered authorities in legislation process within competence of the Plenipotentiary,
implementation of systemic solutions for equality and protection of individuals affected by unequal treatment,
implementing solutions aimed at equalizing opportunities in the professional and scientific paths for the members of our academic community,
taking actions aimed at limiting and eliminating the effects of violation of the principle of equal treatment,
convening meetings of the Gender Equality Team,
initiating accession to programs or projects co-financed from EU funds regarding equal treatment and counteracting discrimination,
promoting and implementing programs or projects co-financed from EU funds regarding equal treatment and counteracting discrimination,
ensuring the visibility and transparency of materials on equal rights on a dedicated website (including information constituting the legal basis, brochures, guides and courses).
The Plenipotentiary serves as the University's consultant and counselor in situations where discriminatory behavior may have occurred.