Vil­nus erects fe­male traf­fic lights to mark 100 years of women's suf­frage

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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.

AFP/SCANPIX

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