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Decoding UN Resolution 1325: Promoting Safety at Home though Greater Leadership

“We simply can no longer afford to deny the full potential of one half of the population. The world needs to tap into the talent and wisdom of women. Whether the issue is food security, economic recovery, health, or peace and security, the participation of women is needed now more than ever” – Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile

United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security, addresses the impact of war on women and the importance of women’s full and equal participation in conflict resolution, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction. The resolution also calls for special measures to protect women and girls from conflict-related sexual violence and outlines gender-related responsibilities of the United Nations in different political and programmatic areas.

On 22nd of June, 2020, Lithuania adopted second national action plan on Women, peace and security (WPS) for 2020 – 2024. It seeks to strengthen role of women in Lithuanian society and ensure active participation in prevention of conflicts, decision making and creation of sustainable peace.

Women’s Issues Information Centre together with alumna’s of U.S Embassy in Lithuania programs prof. Dalia Leinarte and Rugile Butkeviciute will contribute to implementation of WPS agenda in Lithuania by increasing leadership capacity of women in communities across Lithuania to reduce gender – based violence.

Name of the project: Decoding UN Resolution 1325: Promoting Safety at Home though Greater Leadership

Duration: 09/22/2020 – 07/30/2021

Problem statement: A highly professional team of alumni initiated this proposal in response to the diverse challenges increasingly experienced by local women in Lithuania, including the facts that: 1) every third women in Lithuania experiences gender-based violence, with the estimated cost of violence each year at 600,000 euros; 2) Lithuania scored very low for its progress in achieving gender equality, only earning 55.5 points according to 2019 Gender Equality Index (the global average was 65.7 out of 100 and the EU average was 67.4); and 3) women are underrepresented in power and decision-making positions – Lithuanian government has only one women minister out of 14 positions, and women make-up only 8 percent of leadership positions in local municipalities. There is a clear lack of knowledge of the WPS agenda among local NGO’s and civil society, which results in slow implementation of the NAP. In partnership with high-level organizations, this project will focus on addressing these challenges by conducting an extensive training program for Lithuanian leaders to implement the WPS agenda locally and nationally.

Goals: to support women’s full participation in peace and security efforts, to reduce gender-based violence, and to advance gender equality by increasing women’s political representation and roles in decision-making processes.

Objectives: 

– Strengthen the capacity of NGO’s in Lithuania to implement the second NAP on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) de facto.

– Enhance visibility and practical transferability of the WPS agenda 2020 – 2024 in the civil society sector by enhancing NGO’s leadership skills on the local and national levels.

– Transfer and multiply WPS agenda by equipping NGOs with practical tools to become experts of WPS in national/ international missions.

Activities:

  1. Development of multilingual online training curriculum on women’s leadership and prevention of gender-based violence;
  2. Implement a training for trainers workshop called “Champions for Women, Peace and Security”;
  3. Conduct workshops for local women leaders;
  4. Host the first ever Women Leadership Forum on Women, Peace, and Security to mark the progress since the anniversary of UN Resolution 1325 (with participation from NGOs from Nordic – Baltic countries as well as Ukraine and Moldova).
  5. Form a group of leaders implementing the WPS Agenda, called “Leaders for Sustainable Peace and Security.”

Applicant: Women’s Issues Information centre

Experts of the project: Fulbrigt program alumna prof. Dalia Leinarte and Community Solutions program alumnė Rugile Butkeviciute

 

Project is financed by U.S. Embassy in Lithuania via Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund 2020

 

Do you have ideas and want to collaborate? Reach out to us!

Rugile Butkeviciute

rugile@lygus.lt

 

 

 

 

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ERASMUS+ project supports Women Helpline services in Vilnius

New ERASMUS+ project is launched aiming to strengthen Services of Women Help Line in Vilnius.

Programm supports sustainable and continuous cooperation between European women leaders and professionals fighting for women rights.  In November 2019 Partners from Island and Scotland gave inspiring speeches at the International conference and shared their experience in the field providing services for victims of sexual violence.

Staff of Women Help line in Vilnius is planing study visits to Scotland Ripe Crisis Center and Stygamot (Island) in 2020.

Overall goal of the project is to ensure the Women’s Information Centre efficiency to integrate Gender
Mainstreaming to all levels in Lithuanian society. Main beneficiary is Lithuanian society.
Project will seek following objectives: reducing violence against women and advance gender equality
provisions dissemination among the youth.
To achieve these objectives the WIIC relocates the following tasks:
-Strengthens international women’s NGO networks in Southern and Central European countries
-Strengthens development cooperation competencies
-Increase organisation’s staff competencies in information technology and social media
Particular objective of the project is to gain international knowledge on developing and providing help
for women experienced sexual violence. This particular services are almost none existing in Lithuania
despite women support centers are very active and well organized and has great practice on
providing help for victims of domestic violence.

Picture: Sandy Barton, expert from Scotland Rape Crisis Center

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GENDER-ED: Combatting Gender Stereotypes in Education and Career Guidance

The  Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) is coordinating the project entitled: “GENDER-ED: Combatting gender stereotypes in education and career guidance“. The main aim of the project is to address the stereotyping of educational and career choices and to promote gender equality in education, training and career guidance. This will be achieved by attracting  women into male-dominated sectors or occupations, and conversely to attract men into female-dominated sectors or occupations by challenging stereotypical assumptions about the roles of women and men in the labour market, including in leadership positions, and to change behaviours and practices that hamper equality.

CoordinatorMediterranean Institute of Gender Studies in Cyprus.

PartnersCyprus Family Planning Association (CDPA) in Cyprus, the Women’s Issues Information Centre (WIIC) in Lithuania, the Association for Gender Equality and Liberty (ALEG) in Romania, and the Centro documentazione donna (CDD) in Italy.

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Closing gender gap in economic decision – making in Lithuania

BRAKE THE GLASS SEALING

General objective: to approach, measure and communicate relevant measures to improve women representation in positions of management and leadership and to promote gender-balanced representation at the various levels of the hierarchy in, primarily, public and private companies in all sectors of Lithuania.

Specific objectives:

  • to analyze business leadership situation with a particular attention on gender dimension in boardrooms at national level as well as the composition of the boardrooms of both public and private enterprises in Lithuania;
  • to foster political and business competence on and commitment to gender-balanced economic decision-making;
  • to gender-mainstream the main actors and target groups of the project;
  • to raise awareness of broader society on economic and social benefits of gender balance in decision-making;
  • to promote positive image and rhetoric for gender balance in decision-making and temporary specific measures.

WIIC responsibilities:  Awareness raising campaign

  1. Awareness of target group’s about the insufficiency of women participation in the economic decision-making and stimulates public and political debates challenging to break the glass ceiling that continues to bar female talent from top positions in business decision making will be raised.
  2. Awareness of broader society on gender economic equality issues will be raised and practical evidences on the benefits of active women participation in the decision making will be disseminated.
  3. Active, professional women will be connected to networking, encouraged to break the multiple barriers they facing to become the board members of companies.
  4. Policies of equal opportunities and welfare among employers, employees and companies will be promoted by contribution with information that more balanced boards have a possibility to create more productive and innovative working environment to improve companies’ performance.

Webpage: http://progress.lygus.lt/

Coordinator:

Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania

Partners:

Office of Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson (Equality body according to the Directive 2002/73), Lithuania,

University of Šiauliai, UoS (Lithuania)

Women’s Issues Information Centre, WIIC (Lithuania)

MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT

This Project is supported by the European Union in the employment and social solidarity program PROGRESS (2007-2013) of the project “ Closing gender gap in economic decision – making in Lithuania” # JUST / 2012 / PROG / HP / 4118 / GE.

This program is implemented by the European Commission. It was established to financially support the implementation of the objectives of the Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, as well as contribute to the Europe 2020 Strategy goals in these fields.

More information can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/progress

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Project „Generation Y for non violent relations“

Main objective of the project is to end cycle of violence through a cultural and generational dialogue.

The main goals are to raise awareness among youth (14-18) on domestic violence (DV) and bullying; to identify the problem; to find ways and tools to react and solve the issue; to create ways to prevent violence and bullying in school, private life and social networks (ideas form online youth social campaign) and to raise sensitization of officials which directly work with DV issues.

Project period: October 6, 2014 – December 5, 2014

Project activities:

  • 90 min. open lessons in Kėdainiu district. Themes: ABC on stereotypes, safety in social networks, practical situation how to be safe and avoid bullying, prevention of bullying. Target group: 120 – 140 students.
  • Social campaign of Facebook „Delete bullying“. Goal – to fight against bullying in social networks. Duration from 3rd to 25 th November,
  • Conference „ I like safety“. Goal – raise awareness on harms of bullying for school comunity. Target group: 60 – 100 people. Students between 14 and 18 year old, teachers, youth educators.

Duration of the project: 6th October – 5th December, 2014.

Project „Generation Y for non violent relations“ is supported by the Embassy of USA in Vilnius

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Informational portal www.lygus.lt

Informational portal www.lygus.lt is the only portal in Lithuania that provides information on different subjects of gender equality. Main themes are: gender equality, domestic violence, business, politics.

Main goal of informational portal – educate Lithuanian society on subject of gender equality in order to seek equal opportunities for men and women.

Portal is now available in lithuanian language.

Project is supported by the Ministry of Social security and labour.

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Gender equality – a profitable investment!

Purpose of project: To reduce the existing gender inequality between men and women and the interpersonal relations between then as well as in institutions.

Target group: Public and private sectors, the society in general, academic communities, the media, and politics.

Activities and results:

  • Research will clarify the situation of women in Lithuania in many sectors; employment, education, culture, as well as their potential in Lithuania. To evaluate the situation of women in Lithuania based on the standards of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against women.
  • Organized social campaign will educate the public about the benefits of gender equality.
  • Organized events and 4 module trainings for specific target groups in all Lithuania’s municipalities will promote gender equality benefits and combat stereotypes.
  • Commissions of equality between men and women will be formed at every Lithuanian municipality. These groups will help to achieve the objective set out in the project to reduce the existing inequalities between men and women in employment sector as well as in private and public fields.
  • Formed Commission at each municipality or participating institution will facilitate implementation of amended Article 3 of the Law of Equal Opportunities, which comes into force from 1st of October, 2014.

Execution time: November 2013 to July 2015.

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