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Lithuania/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.10 Gender equality and cultural policies

There are no special state policies or programmes to promote women's participation in cultural life or to improve their access to cultural labour markets. However, it is evident that women hold leading positions in culture departments within towns and municipalities, in culture and arts establishments, including national, non-governmental cultural and arts organisations, artistic groups and the like. Women are included in a number of the Ministry's expert commissions, the Culture and Art Council and the Culture Support Foundation expert commissions; hold the positions of Directors of the main Lithuanian culture institutions (e.g., National Museum, National Art Gallery, Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society, etc).

According to the survey, which was performed in 2009 by JSC Baltic Surveys, the Lithuanian society's attitude towards female politicians improved: 16% of men and 30% of women found the necessity to provide by law the percentage of women in elective and governing bodies. Following the survey data, even 35% of men and 57% of women believed that the cultural and educational politics would ameliorate if women would take a major part in politics and governance (see:

According to Statistics Lithuania, woman dominate in sector "Arts, entertainment and recreation activities": 17 200 (in 2009); 13 000 (in 2011) and 12 700 (in 2012), whereas mans' number was accordingly 8 300; 8 400 and 8 500 (see:

Chapter published: 28-11-2014

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