Dear organizers and participants,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am truly delighted to address you at today’s summit, dedicated to the economic empowerment of women.
These are not “business as usual” times. The burden of the pandemic is still lingering. Determined action at a global level to address climate change is long overdue.
Russia’s war against Ukraine is causing an immense human and economic cost to our world.
These crises add to the economic cost of gender inequality.
Baltic countries can showcase strong female leadership, including at the top levels of our nations. All our countries have had or have serving female presidents, prime ministers or cabinet ministers.
And the list of summit participants speaks for itself featuring many more excellent leaders.
However, as the recent Baltic Gender Equality Barometer indicates, there is “still significant room for improvement” toward full gender equality.
In every instance, each one of us can and should contribute to a more equal society.
At the top level of the state, one must keep in mind that reducing gender disparities goes hand-in-hand with higher economic growth, greater economic stability and resilience.
This has to be reflected on policy level, especially in the areas that are crucial for our future – like innovation, digital and green transformation.
To bring changes in cultural pattern of the society requires time and consolidated effort through discussions and shared experiences.
Your voice, your story, your experience makes difference and have a real impact on our society.