Vital Voices Poland is part of the Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international organization established in 1997 by Hillary R. Clinton and Madeleine Albright. Both the former First Lady of America and the former Secretary of State hoped to support other women, following the notion that “Women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights”.
The origins of Vital Voices Poland trace to the initiative by Daria Gołębiowska-Tataj. In 2006 the US State Department and FORTUNE magazine invited her, as one of 17 women from around the world, to take part in the first edition of their now flagship program for future female business leaders. During the program Daria met Hillary Clinton and upon returning to Poland, she began formulating the Polish Chapter of Vital Voices. In 2010, together with Agnieszka Bilińska, they founded “Fundacja Głosy Kobiet”, the name under which the chapter is known in Polish.
The mission of Vital Voices Poland is to invest in women, who exhibit high leadership qualities and who are based in Poland, Europe or Eurasia. The Foundation currently prides itself in more than a 100 alumnae of its own prestigious mentoring program, where participants also includ women from the Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. Furthermore the Foundation tutored more than 500 women in Poland in a range of leadership topics and helped several corporations in formulating their Corporate Social Responsibility strategies.