Lithuanian Foreign Ministry’s building lights up in orange on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
On 25 October, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry’s building was lit in orange on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, along with the Vilnius Town Hall, the European Parliament, the European External Action Service in Brussels, and other famous buildings in the world capitals.
Lithuania’s diplomacy consistently supports and contributes to global effort to eradicate violence against women and girls.
On 26 October in Brussels, the Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the European Union hosted a discussion on economic costs of violence against women. This is a continuation of the event that was initiated by the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė together with her Chilean counterpart on 22 September during the UN’s most high-profile week of the year. The subject has received a lot of attention of leaders of other countries and international organizations, as well as their delegations.
This year, Lithuanian diplomats were actively lobbying to contribute to the re-election of the Professor of History and Director of the Gender Studies Centre at Vilnius University Dalia Leinartė to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women for the second term in early 2017. Prof. Leinartė is the Committee’s Vice-Chairperson.
This autumn, Lithuania joined the Spanish initiative – the global Network of Women, Peace and Security Focal Points – whose members have committed to implement the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) and other complementary seven ones, which call for the promotion of the role of women in conflict resolution, including prevention, negotiations, agreements and peacekeeping oversight. Another important task is to prevent the use of violence against women in armed conflict, as a weapon of war. Lithuania’s 2011 action plan to implement this agenda will be upgraded next year.
Next year, Lithuania will also launch the campaign for a seat at the UN Human Rights Council for the period 2022-2024. During the campaign and its membership of the Human Rights Council, Lithuania intends to pay special attention to violence against women.
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