10 07 2014 - CEDAW considers report of Lithuania

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women today considered the fifth periodic report of Lithuania on its implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

Introducing the report, Gintaras Klimavicius, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Social Security and Labour, said that Lithuania had been a full member of the European Union since 2004 and its legislation had been harmonized with the European Union’s progressive gender equality law. The Third National Programme on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men 2010-2014 ensured the dynamic promotion of gender equality in all areas; long-term attention to women’s issues and work on eliminating inequalities had led to a high percentage of well-educated women, a small gap between employment rates of women and men, a significant decrease in the pay gap and almost 40 per cent representation of women managers in the public sector.

Committee Members commended Lithuania for passing a number of important legislative initiatives to ensure gender equality and address violence against women, including domestic violence, but expressed concern that the de facto equality between women and men had still not been achieved. Despite the efforts undertaken by the Government, trafficking in persons remained a concern and Lithuania continued to be a country of origin, transit and destination. Other issues raised during the discussion included statelessness and nationality, the situation of rural women and the participation of Roma in decision-making.

The delegation of Lithuania included representatives of the Ministry of Social Security and Labour, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior, Education Development Centre, the Statistics Department, and the Permanent Mission of Lithuania to the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Mr. Klimavicius, in his concluding remarks said that Lithuania was actively taking steps to implement the provisions of the Convention and it was striving for substantial and de facto equality between women and men. Further efforts were needed to implement certain provisions of the Convention and the Committee’s concluding observations.

Violeta Neubauer, Committee Vice-Chairperson, in her concluding remarks, commended Lithuania for its efforts and encouraged it to take steps to address the concluding observations for a more comprehensive implementation of the Convention throughout its entire territory.

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