On 10-11 October 2017, the National Olympic Committee of Lithuania (LTU) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) organised the Advancing Women in Leadership Roles Forum for Europe in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The Forum was attended by 200 participants from 40 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), the IOC, European Olympic Committees (EOC), many other sport organisations.

The event was officially opened by Daina Gudzinevičiūtė, the President of LNOC together with Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, Janez Kocijančič, Acting President of the EOC, and Snežana Samardžič-Markovič, the Council of Europe’s Director General of DG Democracy.


Daina Gudzinevičiūtė, President of LNOC in her welcome speech said: „This forum is to provide women with leadership skills and the idea that equality is not just important for those who are unequal but for everybody. Because our strengh is in diversity. We should work to support and encourage women to be more visible and participate more actively in decision – making in sport“.

Thomas Bach, President of the IOC has welcomed the participants by stressing that Lithuania could be a good example in women’s leadership area. Both, President of the LNOC and President of Lithuania are women. Moreover, the LNOC has initiated a wide range of projects dedicated to gender equality, women’s leadership and empowering. The LNOC initiative “Let’s start the change” for the employees of sports organisations and former elite athletes is one of those worth to mention.

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