Lithuania is elected to the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
On 7 May in New York, the United Nations Economic and Social Council elected Lithuania for the first time ever to the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) for the period 2020-2022. Lithuania‘s election to this important entity of the United Nations will provide the opportunity to further intensify its level of engagement in addressing the issues of gender equality and women's empowerment that are among the priorities of all international organizations, including the United Nations.
UN Women was created in 2010 and is dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. The entity works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; empowerment of women; and achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action, peace, and security.
The Executive Board consists of representatives from 41 member states elected to three-year terms based on equitable geographical distribution across regions. South Africa's former Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has served as the Executive Director of UN Women since 2013.