More than 300 female politicians and representatives of business, international and non-governmental organizations from over 90 countries are meeting in Vilnius. Lithuania hosts an international Women Political Leaders Summit “It’s about time! 100 reasons to act!”
The high-level event under the patronage of Dalia Grybauskaitė is held asLithuania celebrates the Centennial of the Restoration of the State and 100 years anniversary when Lithuanian women, among the first in Europe, gained suffrage.
President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca of Malta, former President of Latvia Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark and other leaders, members of the Council of Women World Leaders are attending the Summit.
In Lithuania, the leaders will discuss matters that are important to the future of all states in the world: ways to promote equal participation of men and women in global economy, more active engagement of women into politics and ways to ensure that modern technologies speed up not only economic but also social progress. The key matters of international security, human rights and public health are also on the agenda.
On the occasion of Women Political Leaders Summit, the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania will host a program of events open to the public: a discussion on women’s role in the Lithuanian Reform Movement Sąjūdis and Poland's Solidarity Movement, women’s career in technology industry, fight against stereotypes, viewing a documentary film “Solidarity According to Women”, and a workshop of creative technologies.
The Summit will have a session of the global Girl2Leader campaign. As many as 50 girls from Lithuania, the U.S., Mexico, Basil, Canada, Argentina, Germany and other countries will interact with women politicians. The initiative seeks to encourage young people to be more socially active and engaging.
The International Women Political Leaders Summit is co-hosted by the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania and the Women Political Leaders Global Forum in cooperation with the Council of Women World Leaders, chaired by Dalia Grybauskaitė.