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Report of the sucessful event in Lithuania

The Women’s Issues Information Centre organised a a half day seminar in Vilnius under the slogan "Seksualinio smurto prieš moteris kriminalizavimas. Stambulo konvencija". On the 25th November in Lithuania, Women’s Issues Information Centre organised a half day event at the Parliament under the slogan "Seksualinio smurto prieš moteris kriminalizavimas. Stambulo konvencija". Before the event, WIIC organized press conference in which the 16 days campaign in Lithuania was opened and the conference on rape and Istanbul convention was presented. The event started at 11 o’clock with a screening of a short film about gender-based violence. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWndrvhG5lI. There were 8 lecturers talking about the problem of sexual violence against women from different views: legal, medical, social. In the end everyone raised hands for ratification of Istanbul convention. This was followed by a discussion over coffee, tea and finger food.62 people attended the event, including several members of the Lithuanian Parliament, journalists, lawyers, psychologists, medics, government representatives, NGO’s etc. A member of the Parliament Giedre Purvaneckiene (Pictures with lady in red) that was an ambassador for this event. Majority of participants informed that they want to hear more about sexual violence against women and encourage WIIC to do more events on this subject.

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