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Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson

LITHUANIA: Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson

Main Informations

Overview

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.

Brief history

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.

Mandate type
  • Predominantly tribunal-type (quasi-judicial) body
Litigation powers
  • Formally deciding on complaints (e.g. decision or recommendation addressed to the parties) legally binding
  • Formally deciding on complaints (e.g. decision or recommendation addressed to the parties) Not legally binding
Activities
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Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups (e.g. through trainings)yesyesyesyesyesyesnonono
Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)yesyesyesyesyesyesnonono
Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)yesyesyesyesyesyesnonono
Recommendations on discrimination issuesyesyesyesyesyesyesnonono
Publications and reportsyesyesyesyesyesyesnonono
Research projects (including surveys)yesnoyesyesyesyesnonono
Our institution has a mandate to deal with:
  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
Other statistics
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Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)no datano datano datano data102165no datano datano data
Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)158170203263279330no datano datano data
Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social mediano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano data
Management
  • Single headed equality body (led by director or ombudsman/commissioner)
Number of staff dealing with equality issues
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no data1010101010no datano datano data
Grounds and fields of discrimination covered by the equality body
Grounds / FieldsEmploymentEducationHousingSocial Protection & HealthcareGoods & ServicesOther
GenderyesyesyesyesyesDuty of state and municipal institutions and agencies to implement equal rights
Gender Identitynonononono
Race and Ethnic OriginyesyesyesyesyesDuty of state and municipal institutions and agencies to implement equal rights
AgeyesyesyesyesyesDuty of state and municipal institutions and agencies to implement equal rights
Disabilityyesyesyesyesyes
Sexual OrientationyesyesyesyesyesDuty of state and municipal institutions and agencies to implement equal rights
Religion & BeliefyesyesyesyesyesDuty of state and municipal institutions and agencies to implement equal rights

Other grounds : Language, Origin, Conviction and views, Social status, Nationality

Mandate covers:
  • Public sector
  • Private sector
Operating budget in euros
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no data338496.72370828.61360267.11388892.77406349.32no datano datano data
Operating budget in euros for the parts of the organisation dealing with equality issues (all types of functions).
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no datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano data
We are accountable to:
  • National Parliament

Related News

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.

 

Equinet Calendar 2017

January 13th 2017

Equinet celebrates its 10th birthday this year! As a celebratory gesture, we have put together a 2017 calendar highlighting the work of some of our members across Europe.

 

2017 has been designated by the European Commission as the year dedicated to combating violence against women. Many equality bodies are on the forefront of this work, carrying out projects aimed at developing and implementing practical and targeted information to combat violence against women, as well as awareness-raising and education activities. 25 November is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

 

On 19th June, 2017 Agneta Skardžiuvienė, Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson of the Republic of Lithuania, found that the school Telšiai Žemaitė Gymnasium violated the Law on Equal Treatment of the Republic of Lithuania by not ensuring the absence of discrimination and material promoting discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in its curriculum. It has been confirmed that one of the school’s teachers, during a moral (religious) studies lesson, gave information that degraded gay individuals, promoting a negative attitude toward them and encouraging discrimination.


 

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General Contact Information

Full name in English:

Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson

Full name in the national language(s):

Lygių galimybių kontrolieriaus tarnyba

Postal address:
Šeimyniškių st. 1A, LT-09312 Vilnius
Website:

www.lygybe.lt

General email address:
lygybe@lygybe.lt
Telephone number:

+370 5 272 7719, +370 5 261 2740

Other social media channels:

https://www.facebook.com/lygiosgalimybes

Languages in which your institution can be contacted:

Lithuanian, English

Person of contact for media enquiries:

Mintautė Jurkutė

Name of the Head of the equality body:

Agneta Skardžiuvienė

Engagement with Equinet

Contact Person

Name:

Julija Šartuch

Email:
julija.sartuch@lygybe.lt