President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė
Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders

Speeches and Addresses

Speech by President Dalia Grybauskaitė at the United Nations General Assembly

All of today’s greatest challenges – from climate change to fighting terrorism or ending the world’s deadliest conflicts – can only be resolved with full participation of both genders and especially women.

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Keynote address by President Dalia Grybauskaitė at the Women in Parliaments Global Forum Summit 2016 in Jordan

Thirty six years have passed since the first woman was elected president in Iceland and 23 years since the first woman became member of Parliament in Jordan. Women's participation in politics has significantly increased since. But still much has to be done. In just three countries women fill more than half of their national parliaments. Only ten women are now elected as Heads of State. Yet the numbers do not tell the whole story.

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Welcoming Speech at Regional Conference and Consultations on Implementation of UNSCR 1325 in the OSCE region

Fifteen years ago the UN Security Council sent a powerful message: the impact of armed conflicts on women is a matter of international peace and security. It is obvious that there can be no security where women are exposed to violence and no peace where they are ignored.

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Welcome Address to the Participants of the conference “Structural Change Promoting Gender Equality in Research Organizations”

Sciences play a key role in the understanding of the world we live in. Scientists contribute strongly to the economic and cultural development of nations and their welfare. Throughout long centuries women and science were regarded as incompatible. The academic establishment was convinced that science was just for men. At first sight it may seem that the problem of gender inequality has already been resolved. However professional gender stereotypes, corruptive promotion are still effective.

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Speech by Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania, at the official award ceremony of the International Charlemagne Prize

The German city of Aachen was the center of the realm Charlemagne created. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, Europe was torn apart, full of chaos and deep in the dark ages. Charlemagne's efforts to unify Europe contributed to the development of the continent and its common future. Later on there would be many more such attempts, but always by force. The European Union is the first effort to unite Europe by free-will. Free will means taking responsibility and building your future with your own hands.

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Speech by President Dalia Grybauskaitė at Georgetown University

I remember when 21 years ago I first came to Georgetown for the Pew Economic Freedom Fellows program. It was then, in 1991-1992, that I learned two important things which helped me a lot in my life. First, difficulties make us stronger. And second, responsibility is not a burden. Let me elaborate on these two points.

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Georgetown University Citation for President Dalia Grybauskaitė delivered by Professor Angela Stent

President Grybauskaitė is also, profoundly, and in the best sense of that term so central to Jesuit education, a Woman for Others. Announcing her candidacy, she defined high aims and decided to run because she wanted to help Lithuanians to "live without fear, with confidence in ourselves, in each other and in tomorrow."

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Speech by H.E. Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania,at the Women World Leaders’ Summit in Brazil

Our meeting today was preceded by a few days of intensive discussions in the Women Leaders Forum. About gender gaps, about stereotypes, about violence. Before that we had long debates on the final text of the Call to Action. All this represents only a small part of daily efforts across the world to advance women's rights, to make women's voice heard, to make gender equality a reality. 

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Speech by H.E. Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania, at the United Nations World Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil

We are all here to make a strong step forward towards making sustainable development an attainable reality. And not only for the future generations, but to the people who inhabit the Earth at this very moment. We must start right now since we don't have the luxury of time that addressing development challenges requires. We can only compensate this lack of time with global efforts towards sustainable development.

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Opening remarks by President Dalia Grybauskaitė at the high level conference Women Enhancing Democracy: Best Practices

This forum is a meeting point for us - women leaders - from different backgrounds, with different experiences but with the same aim to witness that a democratic, active and creative leader can make a difference even in the most adverse circumstances. Inviting you here, we wanted to create the opportunity to voice problems and to share best practices, success stories and to discuss what really works.

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Address by H. E. Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania, at the Conference ‘Women in Science, Innovation and Technology in the Digital Age’

In order to foster innovations and economic growth in the EU, we have to put aside stereotypes and fill the gender gaps. There are three main issues that I want to put up for the discussions. First, an integrated approach regarding gender gaps is needed at the EU level. EU policies on gender equality and empowerment should be stronger interlinked. 

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Remarks by H.E. President Dalia Grybauskaitė at the Panel Discussion “Women as a Critical Force in Democratic Governance” hosted by the Community of Democracies and the Council of Women World Leaders

As we deal with the consequences of the global economic crisis, we need to explore new ideas and approaches, find solutions to long-standing problems. For example, in the European Union, it is estimated that if gender gaps were eliminated in employment and pay, the GDP would grow by nearly 30 percent.There are also correlations between a large presence of women in national legislatures and the amount of trust and sense of legitimacy that people have about their government. 

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Address by H.E. Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania, at the EIGE Conference “Equality between women and men, progress, challenges and best practices”

It is not by chance that Lithuania became the first country among the Baltic States to host a European agency. Much has been done in Lithuania to achieve equality between women and men, starting with relevant legal aspects, gender mainstreaming, and ending with specific measures to improve the actual situation of women. 

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