President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President: The role of women leaders is important for democratic development

2010-07-23

Friday, July 23, Vilnius - President Dalia Grybauskaitė received Eastern European political business and public women leaders. The representatives of many different professions, politicians, lawyers, journalists, and NGO members gathered in Vilnius for a conference on women's leadership organized by the International Republican Institute and the Community of Democracies.

Among the issues discussed with President Grybauskaitė were the strengthening of gender equality in Europe, unequal pay for men and women, women's employment, and other matters.

The President underlined that even though to stand at the helm of the state in times of economic downturn, to make difficult but necessary decisions and at the same time not to lose public confidence meant great responsibility and commitment, it was also an opportunity to introduce important positive changes to the life of your country.

"As political, business and public leaders, each of you has a unique opportunity to shape the public opinion in your respective countries, to actively contribute to passing laws on gender equality and to promote women's leadership. I hope that the ideas and the experience exchanged at the conference will give a good momentum to strengthening gender equality in Europe and will encourage women to engage even more dynamically in the life-building process," the President said.

She pointed out that many positive changes could be seen in Lithuania with respect to equality between men and women and women's leadership: women had become active participants in political, business and public life. In Lithuania, women not only hold the highest power positions, but the gap between men's and women's employment has been narrowing. The European Institute for Gender Equality in Vilnius is the first EU agency in the Baltic States. Next year in Lithuania, the Community of Democracies will hold a high-level meeting on women and democracy.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2010.07.23 10:44

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