Prof. Beata Kowalska – for many years her research has focused on Muslim feminism and the situation of women in Middle Eastern countries. This topic has permitted her to combine her academic fascinations with experience working on programmes for gender equality in Poland and abroad. Her research has also been reflected in the courses she teaches, in both development studies and gender studies. Currently, she is working on projects concerning civic mobilizations; from historical perspectives (film: Strike 88 No Freedom without solidarity) as well as research on Black Protests (book: The Women’s Rebellion. Blacks Protests and Women’s Strikes).