Country / Region profile of: Lithuania

Although women in Lithuania enjoy the same legal rights as men do, women still suffer from inadequate enforcement of laws concerning violence against and trafficking of women. Lithuania has not been involved in large-scale conflict or war recently. Lithuania is a NATO member; therefore, it is involved in its military ooperations. Lithuania acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1994, and is ranked 28 out of 144 listed countries in the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). In 2017, $ 812 mln was spent by Lithuania on its military. In October 2015 at the WPS Open Debate, the representative of Lithuania confirmed country's commitment to ensure an adequate response should sexual exploitation or abuse and to pursue expanding the involvement of women in peace operations in both the civilian and military fields. In October 2016, Liechtenstein confirmed that they have achieved a 33% quota in peacekeeping missions. In the WPS Open Debate 2017, Lithuania made a statement as part of the Baltic States, where they stated that the Baltic countries remain committed to securing accountability for sexual and gender-based violence through national and international mechanisms. It is equally important to ensure that victims receive genuine compensation for the harm they have suffered. Women activists in Lithuania continue to advocate for greater awareness and implementation of gender equality policies. 

"There are a lot of stereotypes and standards that women are subjected to in their daily lives, but the question of how their bodies should look like is certainly one of the most important ones. " - Marija Kuosaite


$ 812,000,000
Military expenditure
Lithuania spends USD$812,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Supporting women's participation in conflict resolution
This amount could be invested in the work of UN Women to help build women’s participation and influence in decision-making
NAP 1325
The Lithuania NAP does not include an allocated or estimated budget and there are no other financial resource consideration references within the NAP.
WPS commitments