Monthly Archives: September 2013

My work for Cafe Babel

I am an active reporter and blogger for Cafe Babel, a multilingual European youth online magazine, since 2008. My profile with all articles and blog entries is here. You can follow my work on Twitter and Facebook.

I was the leader of Babel Lietuva, Cafe Babel’s Lithuanian branch, from 2011 to 2012. In 2010 and 2011 we hosted teams of international journalists in Vilnius under two “On the Ground” projects.


Political life of students in Istanbul (with Emmanuel Haddad, FR/EN, Cafe Babel, 16/11/2010)

Tomas Šileika: ‘We sing about what hurts in Lithuania’ (Cafe Babel, 23/05/2013)

LinkedIn Lithuania: crisis is catastrotunity for creative entrepreneurs (Cafe Babel, 10/04/2013)

Jerusalem Book Fair 2013 (Cafe Babel, 18/02/2013)

Post-revolution Egypt (Cafe Babel, 07/05/2011) Continue reading

Perfection of mini vacations in Nida

Some people were suspicious why the New Left 95 movement had its annual conference in Nida, which is a Lithuanian seaside resort. It was too far to go for one day, and an expensive place to be. But in fact, when the tourist season ends, prices drop in Nida, and even middle class Lithuanians can afford having a conference there 🙂

There is no place this perfect in Lithuania. The whole Curonian Spit (a peninsula that starts in Kaliningrad) is protected by UNESCO and is also a nature reserve, so no developers can crowd it with hotels. This gives towns on the peninsula a cozy feel, but obviously drives the prices over the top. Most of tourists come from Germany. It is typical that all signs are in Lithuanian and German, and only in some places English and Russian are used as well. Many Germans know about the place because Thomas Mann used to live there. Continue reading

My work as a consultant on equal opportunities

Eurogender Network: individual gender equality expert (profile)

Available for relevant assignments (email:

With IRS – Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale (Italy):

  • EIGE Study on area F of the Beijing Platform for Action – Women and the Economy (national expert) [July 2013 – February 2014]
  • National expert at good practice exchange on Encouraging Female Entrepreneurship, [London 11-12 September 2014]: my comments paper

With Public Policy and Management Institute:

  • Evaluation questions on equal opportunities:
    • FP7 Marie Curie Actions Interim Evaluation (evaluator) for European Commission DG Education and Culture [December 2011 – December 2012];
    • Interim Evaluation of Erasmus Mundus II (2009-2013) (evaluator, coordinator) for European Commission DG Education and Culture [July 2011 – February 2012]
    • Interim Evaluation of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2009 (evaluator, responsible for equal opportunities aspects) for European Commission DG Education and Culture [December 2009 – December 2010]
    • Study “VET financing mechanisms in selected EU member states“ (researcher, responsible for qualitative comparative analysis of effectiveness, efficiency and equity in the financing mechanisms studied) for CEDEFOP [2008-2009]
  • Consultation between policymakers and civil society:
    • Stakeholder consultation and needs assessment for the new PROGRESS Programme (evaluator, coordinator) for European Commission DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities [January-August 2011]
    • Feasibility study to examine the potential need for a Student Lending Facility at European Level (researcher, interviewer, responsible for equal opportunities aspects) for European Commission DG Education and Culture [February 2010 – December 2010]
  • Evaluations and studies on equal opportunities:
    • Evaluation of the impact of EU structural support on the implementation of the horizontal priority “gender equality and non-discrimination” for Ministry of Finance, Lithuania [June 2013 – January 2014]
    • Study on the translation of Article 16 of Regulation (EC) No. 1083/2006 on the promotion of gender equality, non-discrimination and accessibility for disabled persons, into cohesion policy programmes 2007-2013 co-financed by the ERDF and the Cohesion Fund (researcher) for European Commission DG Regional Policy [December 2008 – September 2009]
  • Practical guidance:
    • Consulting Lithuanian ministries on integration of horizontal priorities (gender equality, non-discrimination, universal design, youth) into EU structural investment projects [June 2015 onwards];
    • Technical assistance to the European Blind Union on carrying out a survey amongst EBU national members (within the framework of Progress performance monitoring – providing technical assistance for performance monitoring to the EU-wide networks) [June 2011 – September 2011]: developing a survey questionnaire, which is accessible to persons using voice-recognition technology, analyzing survey responses and reporting
    • Horizontal priorities: practical guide to applicants and project managers (analyst) for Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania [2009]

With Fondazione G. Brodolini (Italy):

Other contractors:

  • Researcher and consultant on EIGE’s 2016-2018 Stakeholders’ Engagement and Communications Strategy: Preparatory analysis and development – commissioned by EIGE, carried out by Verslo konsultantai/ Terra Brevis [2015]
  • National communications expert for Communications Review for the EEA Grants and Norway Grants – contracted by Coffey International Development (UK) [2015]
  • Author of the updated MISSOC social security guide for Lithuania – contracted by TIPIK agency (Brussels) [2014, forthcoming on European Commission’s website]
  • Lithuanian moderator for the Single Market Month debates – contracted by MOSTA (Brussels) [2013]
  • Giving presentations and facilitating workshops on equal opportunities for students and regional media in Klaipėda and Šiauliai in a project commissioned by the Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson (Lithuania)
  • Presentation “‘Natural’ national family: the Lithuanian case” at the international conference ‘Lithuania and Belarus: policies of normalisation’ (Vilnius, 8 May 2009)
  • Presentation “Passive Femininity in Lithuanian Commercials” at the international interdisciplinary conference “Culture and media: local and global aspects” (Vilnius, May 22-23, 2009)

All published evaluation reports and articles are available on my website

My work for Equal Times

I started working as the Baltic correspondent for Equal Times in January 2013. Equal Times is a global news, opinion and campaign website about work, politics, the economy, development and the environment (Facebook, Twitter). My articles published: