Many women victims of intimate partner violence in the EU Member States remain unprotected. Perpetrators often go unpunished due to inadequate law enforcement approaches, which do not align with international human rights treaties. A gender-neutral approach to the law, coupled with the unavailability of data and existing stereotypes result in the denial of violence against women and its tolerance or normalisation.
Violence against women is rooted in women’s unequal status in society, and that status reflects the unbalanced distribution of social, political, and economic power among women and men in society. It is one of the most pervasive human rights violations of our time and a form of discrimination that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering to women.
Jurgita Pečiūrienė, EIGE’s Gender Expert and member of the gender-based violence team receives the commemorative badge for the contribution to Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU from the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė.EIGE provides access to existing statistics data and information on gender-based violence, aiming to support the institutions and experts engaged in preventing and combating gender-based violence in the EU and beyond.
In a letter to the Institute, Deputy Spokesperson of the Republic of Lithuania's Parliament (Seimas) Česlovas Juršėnas officially congratulated the Institute on the occasion of its opening. In his message to the Institute, he made reference to the current patriarchal climate of today which clearly requires attention.In a letter to the Institute, Deputy Spokesperson of the Republic of Lithuania's Parliament (Seimas) Česlovas Juršėnas officially congratulated the Institute on the occasion of its opening.
The Institute's Director Virginija Langbakk met on 27 September 2010, with Mr Petras Auštrevičius, Mr Arminas Lydeka and Mr Egidijus Vareikis of the Seimas (Parliament) of the Republic of Lithuania.In a short exchange the visitorsacquaint themselves with the Institute and learned more about its Work Programme.
Audrius Bitinas - Vice-minister of Social Security and Labour and Vanda Jurseniene - Deputy Head of European Union Division, Ministry of Social Security and Labour visited EIGE on 6th of April 2011. The main topics of discussion were the preparatory work for the upcoming Presidency of Lithuania, the selected area of the Beijing Platformfor Action (BPfA) to be reviewed by EIGE and institutional cooperation between the Institute and the Ministry.BackgroundLithuania will take the Presidency of the European Union Council from the second half of 2013.