Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson
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+370 5 272 7719, +370 5 261 2740
Our mission is to ensure implementation of equal opportunities and prevention of discrimination in society.
Our vision is a society that is aware of equal opportunities.
Our values are professionalism, impartiality, openness, equal attention to everyone.
Lithuanian Parliament adopted the Republic of Lithuania Law on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men on 1 December 1998. This law came into effect on 1 March 1999. The first Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson was appointed on 20 April 1999. The Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson was established on 25 May 1999 by the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania.
On 1 January 2005, a new Law on Equal Treatment came into force. Ombudsperson’s mandate was extended and guaranteed the right to file complaints to the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson in cases of discrimination on grounds of age, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnic origin, religion or beliefs. When the Law on Equal Treatment came into force, the Office name changed to the Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson and the Ombudsperson’s job title was changed to the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson. At present, the Law on Equal Treatment establishes 13 prohibited grounds of discrimination: gender, race, nationality, language, origin, social status, belief, convictions or views, age, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin or religion.
The Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson is a budgetary institution financed from the state budget. Ombudsperson, by proposal from the Speaker of the Seimas, is assigned for a term of five years by secret voting in Parliament. Ombudsperson is accountable to Parliament and is responsible for the enforcement of the Law on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men and the Law on Equal Treatment.
|Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups (e.g. through trainings)||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Recommendations on discrimination issues||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Publications and reports||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Research projects (including surveys)||yes||no||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)||no data||no data||no data||no data||102||165|
|Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)||158||170||203||263||279||330|
|Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social media||no data||no data||no data||no data||no data||no data|
|GroundsFields||Employment||Education||Housing||Social Protection & Healthcare||Goods & Services||Other|
|Gender||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||Duty of state and municipal institutions and agencies to implement equal rights|
|Race and Ethnic Origin||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||Duty of state and municipal institutions and agencies to implement equal rights|
|Age||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||Duty of state and municipal institutions and agencies to implement equal rights|
|Sexual Orientation||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||Duty of state and municipal institutions and agencies to implement equal rights|
|Religion & Belief||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||Duty of state and municipal institutions and agencies to implement equal rights|
Other grounds : Language, Origin, Conviction and views, Social status, Nationality
On 8 November, the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania enacted the amendment of the Law on Equal Treatment that introduces the highest standards of independence for the equality body in Lithuania. Amendments were initiated by the Office of Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson and will come into force from 1 January 2017.
From 2017, the full name of the position will be the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson of the Republic of Lithuania. The main changes include competence requirement for the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson and clearly regulated hitherto unregulated Ombudsperson’s impartiality and independence.