Vilnus erects female traffic lights to mark 100 years of women's suffrage
The city of Vilnius has set up new traffic lights with female symbols instead of the common unisex symbols to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Lithuania.
French news agency AFP reports that the feminine-design lights were installed on Friday, November 2, long a busy downtown street right next to Vilnius’ largest business centre as city officials explained that the lights along a busy downtown street right next to Vilnius’ largest business centre also serve as a reminder that European countries need to keep pushing to close the gender gap.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius stated on Twitter on Friday: «Today we are marking 100 years of women’s suffrage in Lithuania. Lithuania became one of the first countries in Europe to grant women this fundamental right. Modern society does not exist without fully empowered women, yet globally all of us are still halfway on this journey».
As to the gender pay gap in Lithuania, women’s gross hourly earnings are on average 14.4 percent below those of men, which is above the European Union average of 16.2%, official statistics cited by AFP.