Lithuanian Organisations Can See How Well They Are Doing in Equal Opportunities

In autumn 2019, the Human Rights Monitoring Institute, together with the Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson, launched Equal Opportunities Wings. The campaign seeks to raise employer and employee awareness on preventing discrimination.

Most discrimination issues in 2018 concerned employment

The majority of issues referred to the Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson in 2018 concerned discrimination in employment. The Office also received calls from employers seeking advice on how to ensure that equal opportunities are present in the workplace. Employers were interested in equal opportunities at work, transparent work relationships, harmonious work environment, and so on.

A dedicated website was developed to help managers assess the situation in their organisation and implement equal opportunities through concrete actions. Employers will be given free advice from equal opportunities experts. There will also be free webinars and training sessions for managers and staff.

Opportunity for organisations to evaluate their achievements in terms of equal opportunities

After the experts assess how well the organization complies with the criteria, the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson's Office will award them with either one, two, or three Equal Opportunities Wings as evidence of their achievements in the field of equal opportunities.

Reports from different organizations show that equal opportunities improve the well-being and productivity of employees. This can be achieved by letting workers find a balance between work and family life, adapting the workplace to people with disabilities, preventing sexual or other forms of harassment, as well as implementing other equal opportunity principles.