Older people in Lithuania meet age related challenges, and the task of the Government is to assist them and to give considerable attention for the issues related to the ageing society. In Lithuania older people are encouraged to take part in social, economic, political and cultural life by ensuring representation of their interests.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Lithuania ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol in 2010 and has since taken measures to ensure its effective implementation and to guarantee quality life for persons with disabilities. Lithuania’s first implementation report was submitted in April 2016.
Women journalists and media workers are an integral part of the media fabric ensuring the constant flow news from around the world. It took persistence and determination for women journalists to break down barriers and stereotypes and be able to report from conflict zones.
To mark the World Press Freedom day, the group of friends on the protection of journalists, co-chaired by the Permanent Missions of France, Greece and Lithuania to the United Nations, is organizing a panel discussion on the safety of women journalists in conflict situations.
Reporting from conflict zones requires extraordinary determination and courage, especially as journalists themselves increasingly become the targets of the attacks. Being a woman journalist adds an extra layer of challenges.
It's my pleasure to address this audience in the sixty first session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and to share Lithuania’s views.
On the outset let me stress Lithuania’s conviction that women’s economic empowerment and economic independence are essential for the full implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and of the 2030 Agenda, in particular, SDG (Social Development Goal) 5 on achieving gender equality, and SDG 8 on inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full employment and decent work for all.
As part of the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, on 15th March the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Women in Parliament (WIP), the International Civil Society Action Network for Women’s Rights, Peace and Security (ICAN) and the Permanent Missions of Canada, Germany and Lithuania hosted the event “The Role of Female Parliamentarians in implementing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda”.
The goal of the event was to highlight the powerful role female parliamentarians can play in effectively promoting the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. Parliaments have a unique position to do so given their overarching function as the people’s representatives, and their core functions of law-making, representation and oversight, including budget guardianship to manage (the risk of) social crises, prevent violent conflict and shape conditions for sustaining peace. They have the power to pass inclusive laws that support gender equality and human rights and ensure gender-sensitive reforms are properly financed.
On March 15, the Permanent Missions of Lithuania, Canada and Germany to the United Nations, together with the UNDP, Women in Parliaments Global Forum and International Civil Society Action Network, organize a panel discussion “The role of female Parliamentarians in implementing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda”. The event aims at increasing the active involvement of female Parliamentarians and civil society to institutionalize the inclusion of women in peace and security processes on global and national level.