First Lady passes three-year milestone
PR dla Zagranicy
The Polish president’s office has summed up Agata Kornhauser-Duda’s three years as First Lady as her husband, President Andrzej Duda marks, three years in office on Tuesday.
Andrzej Duda and Agata Kornhauser-Duda. Photo: Grzegorz Jakubowski/KPRP
Kornhauser-Duda has made 150 official individual appearances domestically and gone on 42 foreign visits, the president’s office has said, adding that she also accepted 20 foreign delegations.
She also met with 84 groups touring the Presidential Palace in Warsaw and took part in 135 official events at the official headquarters of the Polish head of state, according to the president’s office.
A German-language teacher by profession, the First Lady taught 88 German lessons during her tenure as First Lady thus far, said the president’s office, adding that she has also supported more than 90 charities.
The president’s office said that Kornhauser-Duda has been a champion for teachers, children, people with disabilities, and that she backed initiatives for Polish expats abroad, breast cancer awareness, and reading and literacy.
But internet users have slammed the First Lady for staying out of the public eye, compared to some of her predecessors, especially on women’s rights issues.
They also criticised her for staying out of the public debate on disability rights when the parent-carers of adults with disability camped in the parliament building for 40-days in a protest for higher benefits.
Andrzej Duda started his five-year term as president on August 6, 2015.