Director of the Gender Studies and Research Centre (GSRC) of Šiauliai University prof. Virginija Šidlauskienė participated in Women Rights and Gender Equality Committee meeting in the European Parliament in October 16. During the meeting, the index of European gender equality was presented; according to it, Lithuania has dropped from 18th to 22nd position.

During the meeting with the only Lithuanian woman MEP Vilija Blinkevičiūtė in Brussels, situation of women's political participation and predictions for the next decade were discussed. In addition, the most recent international studies, concerning activities of political parties and nominees for gender equality, their results and conclusions were analyzed. The Gender Studies Centre conducted the research in Lithuania. The full study can be found here:

Member of the European Parliament Vilija Blinkevičiūtė shared in her Facebook account: "This week is full of joyful meetings in the European Parliament. Yesterday I had a pleasure to meet again Prof. Dr. Virginija Šidlauskienė, with who I had gone to several "battles" for gender equality in Lithuania, also, we had put many attempts in order that one of the European Commission structural subunits – gender equality institute would had been established in our country. There is a lot to do while seeking for genuine gender equality not only in Lithuania but also in Europe; therefore I am very happy to meet purposefully a real expert in the field."

Member of the European Parliament Vilija Blinkevičiūtė (in the left) and director of Šiauliai University Gender Equality Centre Prof. Virginija Šidlauskienė.

Photos taken from Vilija Blinkevičiūtė's Facebook account.

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