Arithmetic of Power
The Centre of Equality Advancement initiated an action to declare March 8 as the Day of Consideration and Enactment of Laws Important to Women by the Lithuanian Parliament. The goal of this would be to revive the tradition of citizen’s participation in an independent Lithuania and to express a strong political action to solve important fender equality issues. Towards this goal, the Centre issued a booklet with statistics that confirmed that the ratio of women- men positions in government institutions related with decision- making is 1:10. The Centre encouraged the Lithuanian Parliament to pay more attention to the fact that the social political breach creates the tendency to ignore women’s experience in government life.
The discussion was sponsored by Parliamentarian M.A. Pavilioniene.
Practical Mechanisms for Implementing Gender Legislation in Ukraine: Experience of Lithuania
Project goal: The project aims to ensure practical implementation of gender legislation in two regions of Ukraine through establishing cross-sectoral partnerships and integrating gender sensitive practices into the work of local authorities
Project duration: January-May, 2008
- CEA selected 5 Lithuanian representatives (2 trainers (one of them CEA staff member), 2 state officials, project coordinator (CEA staff member)) and under the invitation of the Ukrainian Women’s Fund traveled to Ukraine and provided trainings for officials and NGO activists inKiev and to conduct final conference of the project in Ivano-Frankivsk.
- CEA organized the study-visit for the Ukrainian officials and NGO activists in Lithuania. The aims of the study visit was to provide theoretical and practical knowledge on gender equality policies in Lithuania by addressing issues of combating gender based discrimination, challenges of work in multicultural environment, good practices of reconciliation of family and work, reduction of gender-based violence and changing gender role stereotypes in society.
- During the study visit the participants from Ukraine had the chance to visit Siauliai city and learn the practical results of gender mainstreaming policies in everyday municipal work. Since 2005 Siauliai municipality has practically applied 3R method to implement gender mainstreaming in its everyday work and accumulated valuable experience in doing small scale research, analyzing research findings and making action plans.
- The networking between Ukrainian and Lithuanian municipal officials and gender equality experts has been enhanced.
Project partner: Ukrainian Women’s Fund
East-East Partnership Beyond Borders Program
Gender equality and women’s empowerment in development cooperation
In 2008 project was carried out to review the gender equality and women’s empowerment themes in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia in the context of development cooperation and to encourage the implementation of international commitments on gender equality and women’s empowerment at the national and European level.
Center for Equality Advancement (CEA) conducted a study on the main Lithuanian political and legal obligations in the field of development cooperation and gender mainstreaming in bilateral initiatives. This allowed to look at the growing role of Lithuania in Belarus, Moldova and Afghanistan. According to the survey, the recommendations were carried out to the Government and the EU institutions. The situation was presented to non-governmental organizations organizing seminars for teachers.
Project partner: International Gender Policy Network.
Funded: Presidency Fund.