President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President welcomes participants of conference “Gender, Science and Democracy”

2012-06-21

Thursday, June 21, Vilnius - International conference "Gender, Science and Democracy" (June 21 - 22) has started at the Presidential Palace to discuss the issues of equal opportunities, gender equality education policy, and the role of science, education system and informal media.

President Dalia Grybauskaitė, currently on a visit in Brazil, extended a video welcome to the participants of the international conference.

"Lithuanian women were among the first in Europe to attain the right to vote. Today they take an increasingly active part in state-building and governance, science and research, business and public life. In the world with hard competition women can inspire each other. Only joint efforts, tight cooperation and valuable lessons learned will bring positive experiences," the President said in her video welcome.

According to the President, though, the progress made in raising public awareness and dealing with gender issues is significant but not yet sufficient. The President wished the participants fruitful discussions and innovative ideas.

Today, the President will also discuss equal opportunities and the role of women in promoting sustainable development across the world at the Women World Leaders' high level event in Rio de Janeiro. Dalia Grybauskaitė is participating in one of the biggest global forums on environmental protection - UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio +20.

The conference "Gender, Science and Democracy" at the Presidential Palace is also attended by representatives from governmental and non-governmental institutions, academic scientists, experts from EU Eastern Partnership countries, Mediterranean region, Africa, and Middle East.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2012.06.21 10:24

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