Lithuania

Lithuania adopted its first National Action Plan (NAP) in 2011, but the NAP does not identify a specific period of implementation. The NAP does not provide details about the NAP development process, including about civil society inclusion, but specifies that the implementation of the NAP will be led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The NAP identifies three overarching objectives: increase the participation of women in conflict prevention as well as military and civilian operations and missions; raise awareness about UNSCR 1325 among Lithunian society and educate the personnel of pertinent institutions; contribute to international initiatives to implement UNSCR 1325, specifically on women’s security and protection of women’s rights. Each objective has corresponding goals, actions, responsible actors, and a broad implementation timetable that states the frequency of activities to be conducted (which includes the categories “continually, periodically, every year, depending on the need, or by a specific year”). The NAP does not have a monitoring and evaluation framework or an allocated budget. 

Lithuania reported on the implementation of its NAP in its national reporting for Beijing+25 and in preparation for CSW64 (2020). Specifically, the country indicated that it continues to implement the 2011 NAP. Activities include awareness raising around gender equality and UNSCR1325, including in the country’s military academy through mandatory coursework on humanitarian and gender issues (pp. 46 and 47).

Lithuania gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1990. The country does not have a recent history of armed conflict; nevertheless, Lithuania has been experiencing ongoing tension with Russia as a result of the latter’s military activities, including placement of troops and ballistic missiles, in the Baltic Sea Region. 

Between 2010 and 2019, Lithuania increased its military spending by 232 percent. 

Lithuania is also a contributor to humanitarian aid, including being a contributing donor to the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund, a global partnership that works to empower women in conflict zones and humanitarian crises. 

At the multilateral level, Lithuania most recently served as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the period 2014-2015.

CEDAW

1994

Global Gender Gap Index 2020

33 out of 153

Arms Trade Treaty Ratified

2014

Military expenditure (2019)

$1.084 billion USD

Explore Lithuania's National Action Plan

  • Actors
  • Timeframe
  • Objectives
  • Actions/Activities
  • Indicators
  • M&E
  • Budget
  • Disarmament

NAP Development

The NAP does not specify civil society involvement in the NAP development process.

The National Programme of Equal Opportunities for Women and Men for 2010-2014, approved by th Government, for the first time raises the issues of equality of women and men in the system of national defense.

NAP Implementation

The institutions responsible for the implementation of the actions of the Plan will more closely cooperate with non-governmental organisations for women, the Office of Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson and the Centres for Gender Studies of the universities. It is necessary that the society, particularly young people, become familiar with the Resolution and accepts it. Expanding the involvement of women in peacekeeping operations and missions both in the civilian and military fields.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Plan Coordinator), The Ministry of National Defence, Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Social Security and Labour, the Ministry of Health, and the Police Department under the Ministry of the Interior.

NAP Monitoring and Evaluation

The NAP does not specify civil society involvement in the NAP monitoring and evaluation process.

The NAP does not provide details on the monitoring and evaluation process. 

General timeframe not specified. However, timeframe of implementation in every activity is mentioned in Lituania's NAP. Example: 1.1.4

Action

When participating in international operations and missions , to organise events, meetings and lectures for local women and their organisations on the social integration of women.

Timeframe

Every year

Responsible Ministry

Ministry of National Defense

There are three objectives identified under Lithuania's NAP:

  • To motivate women to work in the fields of prevention of conflicts in national, regional and international institutions, to take part in international military and civilian operations and missions and, when participating there, to pay greater attention to solving the problems of local women
  • To present the National Action Plan implementing the UNSC Resolution 1325 to the Lithuanian society, as well as to educate and to train the personnel of institutions on the issues raised in the UNSC Resolution 1325
  • To actively contribute to international initiatives supporting and implementing the UNSC Resolution 1325 and its supplementing documents, particularly in the fields of women's security and protection of women's rights

Activities are mentioned under each Objective, along with details on Implementation Timetable and Responsible Institution.

For example, objective 3 offers three actions: To support international initiatives for participation in international projects and events that implement the provisions of the UNSC Resolution 1325 and to support the initiatives for the protection of women's rights To organise an international conference on the topic of the UNSC Resolution No. 1325 and its implementation To support the rule of law initiatives, including gender-sensitive efforts, by creating a legal system in post-conflict countries and by delegating prosecutors and police officers to positions in the rule of law missions

The NAP does not identify measurable indicators. 

The NAP does not have a monitoring and evaluation framework. 

Lithuania’s NAP indicates that the necessary funds have been identified. However, it doesn’t provide further details about the financing of the NAP.

The NAP does not address disarmament. 

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