Statement by Lithuania at the 10th Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Lithuania ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol in 2010 and has since taken measures to ensure its effective implementation and to guarantee quality life for persons with disabilities. Lithuania’s first implementation report was submitted in April 2016.
The CRPD gave positive evaluation to Lithuania for public awareness raising aimed at changing negative attitudes and stereotypes associated with disabilities. In line with the recommendations, Lithuania drafted amendments to the Law on Parliament Election and Law on Referendum permitting voting for persons with disabilities via available electronic voting systems.
NGOs were directly involved in the elaboration of National Programme for Social Integration of Persons with Disabilities 2013–2019, which aims to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities, through provision of social rehabilitation services, development of mobility and independent life skills, publishing and distribution of periodicals and information publications, and support to the activities of associations of persons with disabilities.
The Lithuanian Government attaches great importance to the role of civil society, including NGOs of persons with disabilities. In line with this approach, government programme focuses in particular on social integration, promotion of non-governmental organisations and strengthening of communities, thus directly benefiting associations of persons with disabilities. It also prioritizes the inclusion of NGOs into all institutional forms of partnership at all levels and in all stages.
Following the recommendation of the Committee to include from the very first stages the organisations of persons with disabilities into the process of adoption of all relevant political decisions in all sectors, last year we amended the Law on Social Integration of Persons with Disabilities. According to this law, the main task for the Council for Affairs of Persons with Disabilities is that of a public advisory body, discussing matters of social integration of persons with disabilities and submitting proposals to the Lithuanian Government, ministries, state and municipal bodies and institutions on the policy of social integration of persons with disabilities.
To ensure that NGOs of persons with disabilities can participate in all processes of the adoption of decisions relevant for the disabled, representatives of these organisations are invited to join relevant working groups drafting legislation on the implementation of the Convention. This year, NGO representatives took very active part in working group to draft legislation on the implementation of Point A, Article 29 of the Convention.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We believe that the policies on inclusion of persons with disabilities will be effective only if persons with disabilities and their representative organisations can share their perspectives and experience and are fully included in all decision making.
Delivered by Ms. Vilma Šilalienė, Vice-Minister for Social Security and Labour
Older people in Lithuania meet age related challenges, and the task of the Government is to assist them and to give considerable attention for the issues related to the ageing society. In Lithuania older people are encouraged to take part in social, economic, political and cultural life by ensuring representation of their interests.
Women journalists and media workers are an integral part of the media fabric ensuring the constant flow news from around the world. It took persistence and determination for women journalists to break down barriers and stereotypes and be able to report from conflict zones.
It's my pleasure to address this audience in the sixty first session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and to share Lithuania’s views.
On the outset let me stress Lithuania’s conviction that women’s economic empowerment and economic independence are essential for the full implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and of the 2030 Agenda, in particular, SDG (Social Development Goal) 5 on achieving gender equality, and SDG 8 on inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full employment and decent work for all.
As part of the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, on 15th March the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Women in Parliament (WIP), the International Civil Society Action Network for Women’s Rights, Peace and Security (ICAN) and the Permanent Missions of Canada, Germany and Lithuania hosted the event “The Role of Female Parliamentarians in implementing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda”.
The goal of the event was to highlight the powerful role female parliamentarians can play in effectively promoting the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. Parliaments have a unique position to do so given their overarching function as the people’s representatives, and their core functions of law-making, representation and oversight, including budget guardianship to manage (the risk of) social crises, prevent violent conflict and shape conditions for sustaining peace. They have the power to pass inclusive laws that support gender equality and human rights and ensure gender-sensitive reforms are properly financed.
On March 15, the Permanent Missions of Lithuania, Canada and Germany to the United Nations, together with the UNDP, Women in Parliaments Global Forum and International Civil Society Action Network, organize a panel discussion “The role of female Parliamentarians in implementing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda”. The event aims at increasing the active involvement of female Parliamentarians and civil society to institutionalize the inclusion of women in peace and security processes on global and national level.