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International conference "RATIFICATION OF THE ISTANBUL CONVENTION: WHAT’S NEXT?"

International conference

RATIFICATION OF THE ISTANBUL CONVENTION: WHAT’S NEXT?

Committee on Human Rights of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania

16 June 2017

Constitution Hall, Building 1 of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania

Moderator: Ms Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, MP, Member of the Committee on Human Rights

9.30–9.40 WELCOME ADDRESSES  
  Ms Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, Chair of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality of the European Parliament  
  Mr Linas Kukuraitis, Minister of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania  
  Mr Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania  
  Dr Augustinas Normantas, Head of the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office (National Human Rights Institution)  
9.40–12.00 KEYNOTE SPEECHES  
9.40–10.00 Prof Dr Vesna Ratković, GREVIO Member, Council of Europe Prevention, integrated policies and monitoring
10.00–10.20 Prof Dr Dalia Leinartė, Chairperson of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Definitions under the Istanbul Convention
10.20–10.40

Prof Dr Danutė Jočienė, Justice of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania, Former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights

The issues of violence against women and domestic violence in the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights
10.40–11.00 Prof Dr Šarūnas Liekis, Member of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) of the Council of Europe, Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy of the Vytautas Magnus University, political scientist ECRI activities and the context of the Istanbul Convention
11.00–11.20 Ms Agneta Skardžiuvienė, Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson of the Republic of Lithuania

The role of National Equality Body in the implementation of Istanbul Convention

11.20–11.40 Mr Vytautas Budnikas, Chairman of the Lithuanian Human Rights Association Violence prevention and individual freedoms
11.40–12.00 COFFEE BREAK  
12.00–13.20 KEYNOTE SPEECHES  
12.00–12.20 Ms Iris Luarasi, GREVIO Member, Council of Europe Why a Convention on Domestic violence and violence against women
12.20–12.40 Dr Vilana Pilinkaitė Sotirovič, Lithuanian Social Research Centre Gender-neutral laws and victim-blaming attitudes: challenges to prevention of violence against women
12.40–13.00 Therese Murphy, Head of Operations Importance of the Istanbul Convention in the European Union
13.00–13.20 Ms Lilija-Henrika Vasiliauskienė, Director of Vilnius Women’s House; President of the coalition Women’s Rights – Universal Human Rights Domestic violence: how distant from or close to the actual gender equality we are in Lithuania
13.20 –14.00 PANEL DISCUSSION  
  Moderator: Dr Margarita Jankauskaitė, Center for Equality Advancement, expert Prof Dr Vesna Ratković, GREVIO Member, Council of Europe Ms Iris Luarasi, GREVIO Member, Council of Europe Ms Birutė Sabatauskaitė, Director of Lithuanian Center for Human Rights Assoc Prof Dr Vincentas Vobolevičius, Chair of the Board of the Free Society Institute Mr Vygantas Malinauskas, Member of the Board of the Free Society Institute, lawyer Ms Violeta Vasiliauskienė, Chair of the National Association of Families and Parents Why does (not) Lithuania need the Istanbul Convention?

For more information, please contact Ms Eglė Gibavičiūtė, Adviser of the Office of the Committee on Human Rights, by tel. +370 5 239 6809.

For the matters relating to registration and coffee breaks, please contact Ms Jūratė Mikulskienė, Assistant of the Office of the Committee on Human Rights, by tel. +370 5 239 6809 or Ms Inga Ališauskienė, Assistant of the Office of the Committee on Human Rights, by tel. +370 5 239 6824.

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