On 27 March 2019, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania approved the nomination of Dalia Leinartė for the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) as the Lithuanian candidate in the 2020 election for the 2021-2024 term of office.
D. Leinartė is a professor at Vytautas Magnus University, a member of the editorial board of Journal ‘Gender Studies and Research’ and held the office of the Director at the Gender Studies Centre of the Vilnius University in 2000-2017. D. Leinartė was first elected to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women as the representative of Lithuania in 2012. In 2015, she became Vice-Chairperson of this Committee. In 2016, professor was re-elected as a members of the Committee as her second term in the CEDAW office, and in 2017 – 2018, she held the position of Chairperson of the Committee. Prof. D. Leinartė is the only Lithuanian representative, who has been entrusted with monitoring of the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. She is also the second Eastern European representative, who has served as the Chairperson of the CEDAW Committee from 1982 to present.
Prof. Dalia Leinartė is recognized as the international expert in the area of ensuring of gender equality and women rights. In 2018, professor was included to the list of 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy, published annually by the journal "Apolitical" by the Social Network For Civil Servants.
Lithuania ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women on 10 September 1995. The CEDAW Committee consists of 23 independent experts, each elected for a term of four years. The body monitors the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and examines reports, submitted by the States parties, on their implementation of the Convention. The committee also regularly provides recommendations on solving the issues affecting girls and women globally.
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