Monika Horna-Cieslak, a seasoned advocate, activist, and social worker has been recommended for the role of the Ombudsman for Children by the parliamentary committees on Education, Science and Youth, as well as Justice and Human Rights in Poland. The endorsement was marked by the support of 246 out of 460 MPs, while 14 stood in opposition and one abstained from voting.
Unwavering Advocacy for Children's Rights
Monika Horna-Cieślak has been ceaselessly working towards the protection of children's rights since she was 19. Her professional journey is marked by her role in the creation of social campaigns, educational programs, and authoring legal acts focused on children's rights. Her steadfast commitment to the cause has made her a prominent figure in various commissions related to human rights and children's rights.
Controversy and Criticism
Despite her qualifications and experience, Horna-Cieślak has faced criticism from certain quarters. Minister Mariusz Błaszczak has expressed concerns over her support for Rainbow Fridays, suggesting that she might be susceptible to ideological pressure. However, she has stood firm, underlining her credentials, skills, and years of work dedicated to the well-being of children.
Transition of Office
The current term of the incumbent Ombudsman, Mikołaj Pawlak, is set to conclude on December 14. As per the procedure, the Ombudsman for Children is appointed by the Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament, with the approval of the Senate, which has a month to make a decision after receiving the resolution of the Sejm.