The 2018 WPL Summit will be held under the patronage of Her Excellency President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania and in cooperation with the Council of Women World Leaders.
In 2018, Lithuania celebrates 100 years of independence and 100 years of women's voting rights – a landmark political anniversary. You are invited to be part of a global event, highlighting women's empowerment and potential.
Vilnius is also home of the European Institute for Gender Equality: EIGE, a partner in organising the WPL Summit.
Historically, Lithuania has had many milestones leading to equal opportunity. In 1997 the Seimas, adopted the “Law on Equal Opportunities” for women and men.
Dalia Grybauskaite was the first female president of Lithuania, elected in 2009 and she was the first president to be re-elected for the second consecutive term in 2014.
On 15 September 2009 Irena Degutienė became Speaker of Seimas, the Parliament of Lithuania, a position she held until 14 September 2012. She is the first woman to hold such position in Lithuania's history. Currently, the role of Speaker of Seimas is held by Viktoras Pranckietis.