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Dalia Leinartė (born October 25, 1958) is a member and former Chair of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Professor at Vytautas Magnus University, and Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge. In 2018, Apolitical selected her as one of the 100 most influential people in gender policy around the world.[1]

Professor

Dalia Leinartė
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Chairperson of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
In office
2017–2018
Member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
Assumed office
2013
Personal details
Born (1958-10-25) October 25, 1958 (age 60)
NationalityLithuanian
Alma materVilnius University
OccupationUN expert, historian, author

EducationEdit

Leinarte was born in 1958, Trakai, Lithuania. In 1981, she graduated from Vilnius University and earned her PhD in History at Vytautas Magnus University in 1996.[2] She was a Fulbright Scholar at State University of New York at Buffalo.[2][3]. In 2005, she won an International Scholarship of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).[2] In 2009, Leinarte became full professor at Vilnius University.

CareerEdit

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Leinarte became actively involved in the promotion of women's rights and gender equality. Leinarte and her colleague are the first academics to have founded a non-governmental organization for women in Lithuania.[4] The same organization, "Praeities Pėdos" (Traces of the Past), is also among the first Lithuanian organizations to introduce the notion of "women victims of trafficking".[4] Until 2017, she was Director of the Gender Studies Center at Vilnius University, and since 2000, she is a consultant of the Inter-Ministerial Commission on Equal Opportunities of Women and Men, Lithuania. Leinarte drafted the Review of the Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action Adopted, at the Fourth World Conference on Women Beijing 1995 and participated in drafting the reports of Lithuania to CEDAW.[4]

In 2007–2009 Leinarte was Visiting Professor at Idaho State University.

In 2012, Leinarte became the first expert from Easter European country to be elected to the CEDAW Committee.[5] After serving two years as Vice-Chair, she was elected as Chair of the CEDAW Committee in 2017.[2]

Since 2014 she is a Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge.[2]

Since 2018 she is Chair of the CEDAW Committee's Working Group on General Recommendation Trafficking in women and girls in the context of global migration.

Awards and honorsEdit

  • (2019)The Cross of Officer of the Order for Merits to Lithuania, bestowed by the President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė.[6]
  • (2018) Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS), Honorable mention for her book The Lithuanian Family in Its European Context, 1800-1914: Marriage, Divorce and Flexible Communities[7]
  • (2018) Gender Equality Top 100. The Most Influential People in Global Policy[1]
  • (2012) Women Inspiring Europe Award (European Institute for Gender Equality)[4]
  • (2010) Vilnius University Rector’s Scientific Excellence Award[8]
  • (2005–2006) American Association of University Women, Research Scholar grant
  • (2002-2003) FULBRIGHT Scholar grant, State University of New York[8]
  • (1998) International Women’s Solidarity Award, Norway[8]

Books and selected articlesEdit

Books:

  • The Lithuanian Family in its European Context, 1800-1914: Marriage, Divorce and Flexible Communities. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017
  • Cohabitation in Europe: a Revenge of History? Introduction & eds. Dalia Leinarte and Jan Kok. New York: Routledge, 2017
  • Dalia Leinarte, Kelly Hignett, Melanie Ilic , Corina Snitar and Eszter Zsofia Toth. Women’s Experiences of Repression in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, London: Routledge, 2017
  • The Soviet Past in the Post-Soviet Present, Introduction and eds Melanie Ilic, Dalia Leinarte. New York: Routledge, 2015
  • Dalia Leinarte. On emotions. The correspondence between Algirdas Julius Greimas and Aleksandra Kasuba, 1988-1992, 2011
  • Adopting and Remembering Soviet Reality: Life Stories of Lithuanian Women, 1945–1970. Amsterdam, New York: Brill, 2010

Selected articles:

  • Dalia Leinarte. Cohabitation in imperial Russia: the case of Lithuania // The History of the Family 17(1): 16-3, 2012
  • Dalia Leinarte. Nationalism and family ideology: The case of Lithuania at the turn of the 20th century, 2006

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Gender Equality Top 100: The Most Influential People In Global Policy". Apolitical. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Biographical data form of candidates to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women" (PDF). UN Commissioner for Human Rights. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  3. ^ "Professor Dalia Leinarte - Lucy Cavendish". Lucy Cavendish College - University of Cambridge. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "Dalia Leinartė". European Institute for Gender Equality. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  5. ^ "Profesorė Dalia Leinartė Tarnybai pristatė CEDAW komiteto darbą | Lygybė". Profesorė Dalia Leinartė Tarnybai pristatė CEDAW komiteto darbą | Lygybė (in Lithuanian). Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  6. ^ Lietuvos Respublikos Prezidentės apdovanotų asmenų bazė. http://grybauskaite1.lrp.lt/ew/lt/prezidento_veikla/apdovanojimai/apdovanojimai_256.html | Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Three Books Receive AABS Honorable Mentions | AABS". aabs-balticstudies.org. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  8. ^ a b c "Prof. Dalia Leinarte - Candidate of the Republic of Lithuania to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)" (PDF). Permanent Mission of Lithuania to the United Nations in New York. Retrieved June 12, 2019.