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63.3 % of Lithuanian women have been victims of male physical or sexual violence or threats after their 16th birthday (world average is 33%). This represents today such a severe problem that, in my opinion, President Grybauskaite should personally get involved and take the necessary measures to turn around this devastating trend. Klaipeda municipality wants to be a pioneer-municipality in terms of focus on domestic violence and abuse of women, and I believe it could be a good idea for the President to support these good efforts and make Klaipeda a positive show case for constructive focus on domestic violence and violence against women.
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Section 9 – LITHUANIA TODAY
Text: Egle and Vytautas Dudenas
Alfonsas Eidintas: “Lithuanian Emigration to the United States, 1868-1950. Mokslo ir enciklopediju leidybos institutas. Vilnius 2005. pp 250
This book is based on the author’s research and his doctoral dissertation (1990) and is splendidly translated into English by Thomas A. Michalski, PhD, who initially undertook the project for the benefit of his adult children. The author was a member of the history faculty of Vilnius University, Lithuania’s Ambassador to the US (1993-1997), to Canada (1997-2000), to Israel/South Africa (2002-2005) and Norway (2006-2010). A. Eidintas is an author and co-author of many books.
The book covers the period 1868 through 1940 in detail, providing a great deal of statistics, historical background, the reasons for emigration, the hardships of immigrants, their organizations, and the eventual adaptation of immigrants to their new country. Some attention is also devoted to remigration to Lithuania, primarily during the period 1920-1940. The author devotes only twenty pages to the political emigration between 1944 and 1950. He writes: “As God is my witness, I did not wish to write about perhaps the most painful and meaningless wave of emigration from Lithuania. The topic really should be dealt with in a separate study. It was an emigration that did not develop naturally and possibly never would have occurred had Lithuania developed on its own and not been effected by the brutal actions of its neighbors”.Read more...
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