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Lithuania will contribute to promoting women’s leadership in the world

Friday, September 25, New York - President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė attended a meeting hosted by the President of Liberia Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and the President of Finland Tarja Halonen on Peace and Security through Women's Leadership.

In the discussion held in the framework of general debates of the United Nations General Assembly, women world leaders discussed the most efficient ways of implementing the UN resolution adopted nearly a decade ago to protect women's rights and condemn violence against women, and agreed on the need to promote women's role in addressing the most painful global problems.

In her address at the discussion on peace and security through women's leadership, President of the Republic of Lithuania underlined the importance of world women's role and responsibility towards countries affected by downturns, conflicts and turmoil. "Not all countries today can afford to contribute to assistance efforts or post-conflict peace building at equal levels. Only all together we will be able to communicate a strong message to those who abuse democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law. Moreover, sometimes respect for the rule of law is not sufficient since the law itself can come into contradiction with the universally agreed principles of humanism," President Grybauskaitė said.

The President assured that Lithuania would contribute to the promotion of women's leadership in the world. This issue will be on the agenda of the Community of Democracies, the Presidency of which Lithuania currently holds. Moreover, according to the President, an important role in protecting women's rights and promoting women's leadership will be played by the European Institute for Gender Equality, an official institution of the EU based in Vilnius that starts its activities next year.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2009.09.25 08:50