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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 12, 2001

Conference On Women And Democracy

The United States will participate in the second Baltic Sea regional Conference on Women and Democracy, which will be hosted by the Government of Lithuania in Vilnius on June 15-17, 2001. This is the follow-up event to the first Conference on Women and Democracy held in Reykjavik, Iceland in October 1999, which the U.S. Government co-sponsored with the Government of Iceland and the Nordic Council of Ministers.

More than 500 participants from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in the United States, the Nordic and Baltic countries, Poland, Germany and Russia will attend the Vilnius conference, as well as guests from Belarus, other countries in the region, and several international organizations. Participants, who will include the Presidents of Latvia and Lithuania and several Ministers from the region, will assess and build on progress made since Reykjavik to promote women's political and economic participation. The conference will include a plenary session on "Trafficking in Women: Prevention and Protection," as well as twelve workshops addressing key issues that affect women's involvement in political and economic life.

Participation in the Vilnius conference is an important aspect of U.S. efforts to promote stability and prosperity in the Baltic Sea region through increased regional cooperation. By encouraging women's integration into the political and economic sphere and promoting increased ties among women leaders around the region, the United States is helping to advance women's leadership roles in public decision-making processes, a critical part of our efforts under the Northern Europe Initiative (NEI) to strengthen civil society in the emerging democracies of the region.

The U.S. delegation to the Vilnius conference, headed by U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania John Tefft, will include 45 representatives from a variety of government agencies, businesses, and advocacy organizations who are leaders in promoting women's participation in politics and society. Delegation members will chair the workshop on "Women and Entrepreneurship" and co-chair the workshops on "Developing Leadership Skills" and "Media Promoting Gender Equality."

For more information:

Official Conference Web site: http://www.womenanddemocracy.lt

U.S. State Department Northern Europe Initiative: http://www.state.gov/p/eur/rt/nei

U.S. Embassy Vilnius: http://www.usembassy.lt




Released on June 12, 2001

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