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Blood donation: inferior treatment of women. Did you know?

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Published April 3, 2024 08:11

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The Ombudsman has written to Minister Izabela Leszczyna and hopes that the problem will be eliminated in the course of work on the new regulation of blood donation and bloodletting.

Men can donate 2,700 ml of blood per year, while women can donate 1,800 ml. This differentiation leads to a situation where women need more time to donate the same amount of blood as men, exceeding 1800 ml, assuming donation at the maximum amount and annual frequency. This results in inferior treatment of women, since the same amount of blood, exceeding 1800 ml, is used as a criterion for concessions, entitlements and decorations, including the badge "Honorary Blood Donor - Meritorious for the Health of the Nation."

Marcin Wiącek asks Izabela Leszczyna to consider equalizing the situation of men and women in acquiring the title of Distinguished Honorary Blood Donor and related privileges. 

Given the fundamental importance of the principle of gender equality in the Polish, European and international legal order, the RPO draws attention to the problem of the unequal legal situation of men and women donating blood. According to the Regulation of the Minister of Health of September 11, 2017 on the conditions for collecting blood from blood donor candidates and blood donors, men are allowed to donate 2,700 ml of blood per year, while women are allowed to donate 1,800 ml. 

However difficult it is to argue with the limits indicated in the regulations, it is on the volume of blood donated that the regulations condition the granting of certain concessions, entitlements and decorations, including the badge "Honorary Blood Donor - Meritorious for the Health of the Nation." Thus, a woman - assuming she donates blood at the maximum volume and maximum annual fre...

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