On July 3rd, 2017 European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) invited a number of Lithuanian NGOs representatives to debate gender equality issues together with the first Vice-president of the European Commission Mr. Frans Timmermans. EVS volunteer Tatiana Kováčová of the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL was one of them.
The participants presented their organizations, introduced the most pressing issues on their agenda and gradually proceeded to a prolific discussion. Topics of the discussion included: gender pay gaps, the work-life balance, trans* human rights issues in Lithuania, the lack of sexual education in schools and the need to end gender-based violence. Mr. Timmermans eagerly and passionately offered his viewpoints and suggestions from his home country, the Netherlands.
“Gender equality does not come about by itself, it takes determined action by both women and men. Let’s wake up the silent majority.” Mr. Vice-president stated. Despite the productive debate and a fruitful discussion, Mr. Vice-president‘s schedule in Lithuania was tight and therefore, many of the attendees‘ questions were left unanswered.
Name of the project “Democracy and art intertwined: working towards empowered and active LGBT community and allies in Lithuania” under the Erasmus+ programme EVS (European Voluntary Service).