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

Spotlight on Leadership Series

High Level Conference “Women Enhancing Democracy: Best Practices”, Vilnius, Lithuania (2011).

Organized in cooperation with the Community of Democracies, European Institute for Gender Equality and co-hosted by President Dalia Grybauskaitė and President Tarja Halonen the conference brought together over 130 participants who shared their experiences and discussed best practices in promoting women’s political leadership. The participants included US State Secretary Hillary Clinton, President of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga, President of Mongolia Elbegdroj Tsakhia, representatives of the UN, EU, OSCE. 


Panel Discussion “Women as a Critical Force in Democratic Governance”, UN Headquarters, New York City (2010).

The Discussion organized in partnership with the Community of Democracies focused on the role of women in the democracy-building process. The event was co-hosted by Presidents Dalia Grybauskaitė and Tarja Halonen. The panelists included Crown Princess of Sweden Victoria, President of Chile Michele Bachelet, President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Kyrgyzstan Roza Otunbayeva and other leaders.  


International Colloquium on Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security in Monrovia, Liberia (2009). 

The Colloquium brought together a group of international leaders to discuss the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, peace and security and develop a course of actions to reaffirm the crucial role of women in preventing and resolving armed conflicts.